Our Enemy to Pain Free Legs and Diabetes

What is the secret enemy to our health causing arthritis, painful legs, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, thyroid dysfunction, osteoporosis, Dr Gundry in fact, claims nearly all diseases? Avoid your enemy that will shorten your life with painful conditions and rather live longer, pain-free. It is really quite simple.

Dr Steven Gundry is a cardiothoracic surgeon, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author. During his 40-year career, Dr Gundry has performed 10,000 surgeries and developed patented, life-saving medical technology. His Diet Evolution and The Plant Paradox books, dedicated to improving our health, happiness and longevity through diet and nutrition reached the top of the best-seller list. His latest book just released is called: “The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age”. I hope my copy arrives soon.

Our enemies are lectins which are sugar-binding plant proteins that attach to cell membranes, causing leaky gut, diabetes and painful legs, joints, bones and feet, even in an otherwise healthy diet. If you’re eating a whole food diet yet find yourself still struggling with painful legs, weight gain and stubborn health problems, lectins may well be a hidden culprit.

Once I had applied this information to my daily lifestyle and diet, my blood sugar levels started dropping within one day. I will be writing more about Dr Gundy’s research on living a healthy life pain-free.

Lectins are proinflammatory, immunotoxin, neurotoxic and toxic to living cells. Specific lectins may also increase blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt endocrine function. They could be the single major factor in diabetes, painful legs and joints.

Listen to this podcast by Dr Gundry doing a question and answers session also discussing lectins and diet.

Overexposure creates leaky-gut and Leads to Autoimmune Diseases

Repeated exposure to lectins will eventually damage the gut wall. Unwanted substances can then more easily penetrate the gut and will enter the bloodstream. This condition of increased gut permeability is called “leaky gut”. When lectins “leak” into the bloodstream, they can interact with glycoproteins on cell surfaces. Lectins can also interact with antibodies, which are a core component of the immune system. This may cause an immune reaction not only against the lectins but also the body tissues to which the lectins are bound.

This type of response, as you know, is known as an autoimmune reaction, where the immune system mistakenly starts attacking the body’s structures. This is how lectins increase the risk of autoimmune diseases. Why not just avoid lectin foods to see how it affects your body.

Lectin-Rich Foods Best Avoided if you suffer from any Chronic Diseases.

The first step is to eliminate the worst offenders from your diet forever, and the effect of other “less” offenders can be dealt with through pressure-cooking, sprouting, soaking or fermenting them to reduce the lectin concentration. So what foods are high in lectins? They are especially common in many types of grains and legumes. But here are the top lectin foods mentioned by Dr Gundry:

  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Soybeans
  • Lentils
  • Brown Rice (Basmati white rice is OK)
  • Oats
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Bell Peppers
  • Wheat germ
  • All beans
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Corn-fed animals
  • Peanuts and cashews
  • Milk A1 (A2 is ok)

The healthy alternative to pasteurised milk is raw milk, which is an outstanding source of nutrients including beneficial bacteria, vitamins and enzymes, and it is, in my estimation, one of the most excellent sources of calcium available. For now, you can get an eye-opening education into the health issues surrounding A1 milk, and why A2 milk appears to be far superior, by reading Dr Gundry’s explanation.

In addition to avoiding lectins in your diet, you need to feed the over 100 trillion bacteria, that’s ten times the number of bacteria than we have human cells, that play a vital role in our overall health. Antibiotics negatively alter these aliens, so does stress, the food we eat, the type of alcohol we drink and more, eventually leading to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria that can occur in any of our mucous membranes, such as in the lungs, mouth, nose, and of course, the gut. We need to feed them every day with pre-biotic foods.

For more information, read Dr Gundry’s article.


Not all fibre is prebiotic. So, to make things easy for you, here is a list of foods that are rich in digestion-boosting, health-restoring prebiotic fibre for your probiotic to feed on:

  • Tubers
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Chicory
  • Stevia (Inulin)

Simply add some of these foods to your diet and avoid sugar-rich processed foods and foods with lectins. If you do this, you’ll be shocked how quickly your digestion, health, and overall enjoyment of life will improve. I have experienced it with better mood, lowering of blood sugar levels and pain reduction.

In addition to avoiding lectins and feeding your alien residents, you need to look after your cells to prevent ill health and dying in pain long before your time.

It is not only probiotics that you need, but more importantly, it is polyphenols.

Eat Your Mighty Micronutrients – Eat Polyphenols.

Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.

What Are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds found in plants. Many of these plants make up our food supply, including fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, and wine. Once consumed, only about 10% of polyphenols are directly absorbed in the small intestine, while the rest make their way to the colon to be broken down by our gut bacteria into metabolites, which then exert their important physiological effects.

Include Polyphenol-Rich Foods for Balanced Gut Flora

By now, you understand that it’s not just probiotics that can make a big difference in the balance of your gut bacteria. Eating polyphenol-rich foods regularly, along with probiotics, prebiotics, and resistant starch will balance your microbiota and get you on your way to good gut health. Your immune system will also quickly start our healing process.

It’s best to consume a variety of polyphenol-rich foods for the best results. The word in my home is “diversity” of foods to cover all the micronutrients hiding everywhere in the vegetables. Don’t eat the same old, same old.

To get you started, below is a short list of the Top Polyphenol-Rich Foods. Google “Polyphenol-Rich Foods” for a comprehensive list to focus on the foods you enjoy.

  • Black currant
  • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries and strawberries.
  • Globe artichoke heads
  • Coffee
  • Flaxseed Meal
  • Dark chocolate
  • Black and green tea
  • Red Apples, black grapes and plums
  • Red wine
  • olives
  • Spinach
  • Red onion
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach

Dr Gundry’s favourite polyphenol and food is organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil. The benefits of extra virgin olive oil make a health-list on their own:

  • Promote healthy arteries and excellent blood flow
  • Support crystal-clear concentration
  • Soothe worn-down joints and tired muscles
  • Make skin feel softer and more hydrated
  • Gives your immune system a boost

For more information on polyphenols, read what the guru says himself.

Avoid your enemy that will shorten your life

with painful diseases and rather live longer, pain-free.

It is really quite simple – avoid lectins and consume one litre of olive oil per week.

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Michael Plumstead