So today we talk about the important job of our hormones and what happens when "lectins" are allowed to interfere and cause miscommunication.
First up . . . the hormone called "Insulin" . . .
Now . . . Insulin is produced by the pancreas . . .
And "Insulin resistance" is triggered by the over consumption of "lectin" containing foods that "can not" be digested and eliminated correctly.
A good example would be . . . "lectins" in grains . . . especially WHEAT, because wheat wreaks havoc on the body's FAT cells by binding to insulin. And once this happens . . . lectins signal FAT cells to "STOP BURNING FAT" and "STORE EXTRA CALORIES AS FAT".
Next . . . the hormone called "Leptin" (not lectin)
"Leptin" is made by fat cells
And "Leptin" is our "hunger hormone" that DECREASES our appetite. It's our nighttime hormone for fasting that signals that we're full so we can sleep.
BUT . . . when "lectins" interfere . . . this leads to obesity because this "switch" is left "off" and we now . . . never feel full. Therefore . . . we're eating when we don't really need to.
Okay . . . next the hormone called "Ghrelin"
"Ghrelin" is released mainly from the stomach.
And is our daytime hormone which raises the appetite. This signals that we're hungry and need to eat. This is our survival hormone because it promotes fat storage for a rainy day. And with this hormone . . . we will never starve. It also stimulates the Growth hormone
BUT . . . when "lectins" interfere . . . this too can lead to obesity because this switch is left "on" and we're always hungry. Therefore . . . we can't stop overeating.
Next . . . the hormone called "Growth hormone"
"Growth hormones" are produced from the pituitary gland at the base of the skull
And they break down fat tissue and cause the build-up of muscle mass.
BUT . . . when "lectins" interfere . . . we retain more fat . . . and less muscle.
Okay . . . now we've spoken of the hormone called "Cortisol" many times before.
"Cortisol" is made in the Adrenal glands that sit just above the kidney
And this hormone is called the "stress' hormone or the "BELLY FAT PRODUCER". And if working "properly" this "cortisol" hormone helps to control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation and control blood pressure
BUT . . . if "lectins" interfere with "cortisol" , , , keeps you awake at night, affects the ability to fast and makes you want to eat all the time . . . causing you to overeat.
And finally the hormone called "Thyroid"
"Thyroid" hormones come from the Thyroid gland
And "thyroid" hormones regulate the body's metabolic rate controlling the heart, muscles, digestive function, brain development and bone maintenance.
BUT . . . if "lectins" interfere . . . they can specifically trigger thyroid cells to "talk to" immune cells and attract TOO many of them to the thyroid. This is done by mixed signals and being the "miscommunicator". And with this . . . it's considered one of the early steps in the "autoimmune destruction of the thyroid"!
So we can clearly see . . . just how devastating "lectins" can be to our health and efforts to lose weight "if" they can't be eliminated correctly from the body.
This is why it's so important to replenish the body with "good" bacteria, so our "good" to "bad" ratio is in balance allowing the "gatekeeper" to be in place . . . therefore keeping the "bad" bacteria in the large intestine where it's supposed to be.
And with this . . . it allows the body to eliminate "lectins" we consume instead of allowing them to cause "leaky gut" and get into our bloodstream to wreak havoc to our health, hormones and weight loss efforts.
Tomorrow we'll talk about what affects the "bad" bacteria that's now in our bloodstream has on the body.
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