Many of the food items most commonly eaten contain compounds that cause trouble. These include poisons added in growing and processing, as well as naturally-occurring anti-nutrients that may impair digestion and metabolism or foster inflammation.
Public poisons in our food supply and environment include herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and additives to prepared foods. Anti-nutrients in the crops by nature include acids, enzyme inhibitors and proteins that are not easily digested.
Phytic acid is present in grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Tannins and oxalates are in many common foods.. Gluten is a protein in grains. These interfere with digestion and nutruent uptake, and may foster inflammation. Lectins are generally sticky proteins in legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, nightshades, and grain-fed animal products. Lectins do not digest well, and create gas and indigestion, allergies and other health problems.
Other anti-nutrients include saponins, similar to lectins in sources and effects, solanine in nightshades, and isoflavones, phytoestrogen compounds found especially in soybeans, that disrupt hormone balance.
Consider a diet of mostly organic fruits, seeds and vegetables, with minimal nightshades.Take advantage of the benefits of probiotics and enzymes for better digestion and metabolism, as well as minerals and super foods. Organic milled flaxseed can reduce inflammation and soothe the intestines.
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