Throughout the plant and vegetable world, you can find these tiny little toxins. Though they\u2019re tiny, they can have a\u00a0huge\u00a0effect on your health and well-being. They\u2019re called\u00a0lectins, and they\u2019re one of Mother Nature\u2019s biggest defenses against any predator \u2013 including humans. You see, Nature looks out for her babies, and that\u2019s why these little bombs can hurt you if you\u2019re after any of her little green babies. But there\u2019s a doctor out there trying to inform as many people as he can about how to avoid ingesting these toxins. He\u2019s the leading researcher on lectins, and he\u2019s gone through the trouble of putting everything he knows into his latest book \u2013\u00a0The Plant Paradox. Can\u00a0The\u00a0Plant Paradox\u00a0Teach You About Lectins? Why, yes. Yes, it can. The book tells the true story of how lectins in certain plants \u2013 certain fruits and veggies, grains, seeds, and legumes \u2013 could possibly harm your health. You are likely telling yourself, \u201cThat\u2019s odd. Fruits and veggies are supposed to be good for me.\u201d And a lot of them are. And that\u2019s what best-selling author, Dr. Steven Gundry, calls the \u201cplant paradox.\u201d You see, Dr. Gundry reports that plants are among the smartest chemists in the world. They\u2019ve learned how to use their chemicals to make you sick. That way, you won\u2019t eat them again and again. So, how do these plants do that? It\u2019s simple lectins. The most well-known lectin \u2013 the one you\u2019ve heard of before \u2013 is gluten. But gluten is only one of a bunch of different kinds of lectins. And all kinds of lectins can mess up your body pretty bad. For instance, lectins might cause \u2013 \tNausea \tLeaky Gut\u00a0 \tDigestive issues \tBloating \tGas \tDiarrhea Scientifically, lectins are \u201cproteins of nonimmune origin that agglutinates cells.\u201d1\u00a0Just in case that doesn\u2019t make a ton of sense, let\u2019s put it a different way ... Lectins are proteins that force carbs to clump together, and they can bind themselves to specific cells in your body when you digest them. Let\u2019s say you eat a lectin-rich seed or the rind of lectin-filled fruits. Suddenly, the sugars in your body become easy targets for the toxic proteins. Sialic acid is a really easy target for lectins \u2013 that\u2019s sugar in your brain, gut, and nerves.2,3\u00a0And\u00a0once lectins attach to those sugars, they can really interfere with the regular bodily functions of the person who eats them.4 How Lectins Mess with Your Body The biggest problem that lectin can cause is breaking the communication between important cells in your body. Often, the result of interrupted communication is inflammation or another odd reaction, e.g: vomiting or nausea.5\u00a0Or, maybe you\u2019ll start to feel fatigue or brain fog. But lectins can also hold onto bad bacteria and damaging viruses, helping them attach to the cells in your body, too. Lectins might also cause you to gain weight. This is why people used to rely on lectin-heavy foods, like fruit. When the hunter\/gatherer generations weren\u2019t sure where their next meal was going to come from, they tried to gain weight to get through winter. So, people relied on wheat and fruit. But now, most folks eat three square meals a day and don\u2019t need their food to fatten them up. If you can, you really want to avoid \u2013 \tSoy \tBarley \tLentils \tBeans \tPotatoes\u00a0 \tWheat6 If you happen to realize you\u2019re sensitive to lectins, there might be an issue in your gut lining \u2013 the protective barrier of your gut \u2013 and this can\u00a0result in pathogens and toxic materials making you sick.7 But, your gut also relies on good microorganisms to keep it well. When you ingest lectins, a cycle of damage and destruction begins. And if your gut is damaged, those good microorganisms can\u2019t get what they need to keep your gut healthy. But, if you decide to cut down on lectins, you can really start to heal your gut. Of course, everyone\u2019s body is different, but some people say they feel relief\u00a0right away, or within weeks, when they stop consuming lectins. Lectin-Avoidance Diets In\u00a0The\u00a0Plant Paradox, Dr. Gundry shares all he can about the best and worst foods for you. In fact, if you want to test the waters, give yourself a couple days without the following foods \u2013 \tPeanuts \tBeans \tSeeds \tPotatoes \tTomatoes \tEggplant \tPeppers \tGrains On those days, eat more \u2013 \tPasture-raised meats \tWild-caught seafood \tCage-free Omega-3 eggs \tIn-season berries \tBitter leafy greens \tCelery or broccoli By starting with those basics, you can see how your body responds to taking in fewer lectins. The Takeaway To see if you\u2019re one of the many people sensitive to lectins, track what you\u2019re eating, and how it\u2019s affecting you, for one week. The following week, adhere to the lectin-friendly lists above. You\u2019ll likely be surprised at how much you like eating from the YES list, and how much you don\u2019t miss the items on the NO list.\u00a0Then try out the supplement made by Gundry MD, and see how using both a supplement and reducing lectins in your diet can improve digestion.\u00a0Lectin Shield helps\u00a0reduce the negative effects of lectins on the body. For more information on Lectin Shield, check out this podcast. You might feel better, sooner. Maybe you\u2019ll even find a system that works for your body and well-being for the long-haul.