There is a popular trend these days to adopt a gluten-free diet as a way to improve mental and physical health—and it works to a degree, because it removes a toxic lectin (gluten) from causing stress for the immune system and gastrointestinal tract of the person eating it. But glutin is not strictly the real problem with these grain foods. The real problem involves prolamins, which are sub-chemicals of lectins such as gluten. Prolamins are plant storage proteins, which also are associated with defence and seed germination. Gliadin is the best-known and most thoroughly studied example of a prolamin occurring in gluten.
When people adopt a gluten-free diet, they still eat rice, corn and oat grain products because these grains don’t have gluten. How- ever they do have toxic prolamins such as zein in corn, kafirin in sorghum, orzenin in rice, and avenin in oats. These can cause real health problems for many people. And these non-gluten grains also contribute to poor health in other ways.
For example, if large volumes of rice are regularly eaten by people who are not able to efficiently excrete heavy metals from their bodies, these heavy metals can build to toxic levels by eating rice. Heavy metal toxicity is linked to several epigenetic driven, chronic diseases.
It is easy to understand that like animals, plants have systems for absorbing necessary micro-nutrients. In plants, these transport systems accumulate minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc and manganese from the soil. Rice is one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. It is also one of nature’s great scavengers of metallic compounds—notably arsenic and cadmium. Chronic exposure to arsenic, even at very low levels, will cause chronic ill health. The rice plant is very efficient at selectively accumulat- ing toxic metals from the soil and storing them in the seeds, rather than in the leaves, stems or roots, as other plants do.
Today we have more and more industrial by-products accumulating in our soils, and rice is extracting metals such as mercury, selenium, tungsten and other metals. The highest levels of heavy metals often occur in brown rice, which also accumulates in the bran and husk. Constantly eating white rice takes longer to build up heavy metal toxicity, because the bran and husk are polished off in the processing.
The highest concentrations of arsenic and cadmium in rice-growing regions are mostly found in parts of Asia, where the underly- ing arsenic-rich bedrock filters into the groundwater that is used for both drinking and irrigation of rice fields. The cause of ‘Itai- itai’ (ouch-ouch) disease in Japan was clarified during the 1960s in association with the volume of rice being consistently eaten as the main ingredient in meals. The name ‘itai-itai’ is associated with the pain that occurs with bone fractures, one of many health problems related to cadmium exposure.
The slow accumulation of arsenic over years, initially contributes to drowsiness, headaches, and mental slowness and progresses to stomach, colon and liver dysfunction, diabetes, nervous system degeneration, and loss of hearing. Slow accumulation of cadmium through rice, eventually contributes to general organ dysfunction mainly in bones, bladder-kidneys, reproductive and cardiovascular organs, central and peripheral nerves, as well as the lungs.
Selenium toxicity (called selenosis) is common in regions in China. The most common general symptoms of selenosis are loss of hair, deformity, and loss of nails. Individual minor symptoms include: diarrhoea, fatigue, a garlic-like odour of the breath and bodily secretions, irritability, peripheral neuropathy, skin lesions and others. If you eat a lot of rice you should consider stopping for a period of time (two to four weeks) to allow your body to naturally de- toxify from these heavy metals. You will be able to increase your detoxification rate if you remove all grain-derived foods (100%) by doing a Grain-removal Detox for two or four weeks. If you do this three or four times a year you would find that you feel mentally and physically younger and not suffer the symptoms of specific heavy metal toxicity.
This type of detoxing is similar to the now popular idea of regularly undertaking intermittant fasting to improve general health. To undertake a Grain-removal Detox simply change from eating grain-derived bakery products and commercial foods to those thatare grain-free. Deeks can help you with this.
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