The biggest cause of autoimmune disorders in todays modern world is due to harmful chemicals in certain foods. Grains and legumes are big offenders and must be properly prepared in order to rid of these toxins. The biggest offenders are phytic acid and lectins. These chemicals damage the gut lining of the small intestines and with time can cause leaky gut. When the food "leaks out" of small intestines, the immune system begins to overreact and can cause havoc in your system. Eczema, allergies, lupus, celiac disease, psoriasis, hair fall, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis are just a few of the diseases that are due to leaky gut.
Traditional societies never ate grains and legumes in big amounts. When they did, they took great care to soak or ferment the grains before consuming them. All grains and legumes contain phytic acid along with enzyme inhibitors which block mineral absorption in the digestive tract. Gluten (wheat, rye, barley) and Gliadin (rice) are lectins that can destroy your gut villi, resulting in leaky gut. These toxins are neutralized in as little as 7 hours of soaking in water with small amounts of an acid medium, such as yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice, or cider vinegar. Soaking also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors present in the hulls of all seeds and adds beneficial enzymes specially important in the digestion of B vitamins.
For those with gluten intolerance, soaking or fermenting gluten based grains breaks down the difficult to digest proteins. If you have Celiac avoid gluten completely.
Preparing Oatmeal the Old Fashioned Way
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of filtered water
- 2 tblsp of raw yogurt or buttermilk
Directions: Cover and leave outside on the counter overnight. After soaking add 1 cup of additional water and sea salt and bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for several minutes. Serve in a small bowl with raw butter, raw cream, or ghee.
Rice is gluten free and lower in phytic acid, but it is still important to soak overnight.
Directions: Mix two cups of rice with 4 cups of filtered water, add 4 tbsp of raw yogurt, butter, lime, or cider vinegar. Leave for 7 hours at least covered. Bring to a boil, skim off foam, reduce heat and stir in salt and butter. Cover tightly and cook on low for 45 minutes.
Legumes contain a lot of phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors so it is super important to prepare them right.
For kidney shaped beans: Grab a large pot and fill with water and 1 tbsp of lime or cider vinegar and a pinch of baking soda. Soak for 24 hours
For all other beans:
Soak with water and 1 tbsp of lime or cider vinegar per 1 cup of beans used. Rinse and refresh water once or twice during soaking periods. Once finished drain, rinse, and add new water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add a few cloves of garlic, and simmer 4 to 8 hours until soft.
If you had troubles with gas and bloating in the past, these preparations are a sure fire way to eliminate that issue.
This article is contributed by Ayurvedic Practitioner Diego Batista (Checkout his instagram page @ayufoodie for wonderful ayurvedic recipes)
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Plants lace their seed with natural pesticides to deter pests and predators. These pesticides that plants produce are called oxalates. These oxalates form crystals that prick the predators mouth. Plant also load their seeds with oxalates as a way to store calcium for the offspring.
While oxalates are useful as a calcium storage mechanism for plants, its toxic to humans in acute and chronic amounts. Oxalic acid grabs calcium and forms oxalic acid - which is the main ingredient in kidney stones.
Oxalates can impact nearly every bodily system:
- Neurological symptoms ( Disturbs sleep and adversely affects coordination, memory, learning, and concentration )
- They cause allergies via mast cell degeneration and histamine release
- Can facilitate fibromyalgia and carpals tunnel syndrome
- Linked to osteoporosis
- Implicit in breast cancer
- Destroys intestinal villi causing leaky gut ( main cause of all autoimmune disorders)
Foods high in oxalates:
The seven veggies above are also goitrogenic, which means they inhibit iodine uptake needed by the thyroid for normal functioning. They can also potentially cause blood clots which make it the worst food for the elderly.
-sorrel (highest amount)
If your diet is vegetarian and these plants form a big part of your diet, then here a few tips you can use to lower the oxalate content.
- Legumes ( sprout them or soak them for 12 hours changing water multiple times)
- Nuts (Soak them for 12 hours with a bit of salt)
- Soy must be fermented
- Deseed all your vegetables
- Make sure to fully cook these foods
If you suspect you have a leaky gut, arthritis, or kidney stones, completely avoid these foods.