Grains & Gluten vs. Paleo     
Paleo is based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors. Otherwise known as the “caveman diet” or  “Paleolithic diet”  which consists primarily of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
What are grains? Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products. Whole grain contains the entire kernel.
Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins.
The Paleo diet is Grain free and Gluten Free.
Why?  Grains have been know to cause problems in your digestive tract.  Grains and grain intolerance are linked to over a hundred different diseases including celiac disease, endometriosis, infertility, heart disease, joint pains, arthritis, mental disorders, skin conditions, and other health issues such as headaches, migraines, and more.
Grains are high in lectin proteins, which inhibit the ability of your GI tract to repair itself.
So what is in the Grains that causes our digestive tract to go haywire?
Grains contain gluten!!
  • Gluten has been linked to over 55 different diseases (including diabetes);
  • Gluten is one of the largest sources of food allergens;
  • Gluten is an inflammatory food (which prevents weight loss, increases your body’s inflammatory marker, therefore increasing your risk for heart disease called CRP)
  • Gluten can cause leaky gut issues (breakdown in the mucosal membrane of the stomach = tons of problems with absorption & bacteria staying put)
  • Bad bacteria feeds off gluten (and most other sugars / carbohydrates)
  • Gluten is very hard to digest and can damage your gut lining
     Grains contain Lectins!!
  • Lectin is another type of antinutrient found in especially high amounts in grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • Lectins are essentially carb-binding proteinsthat are present in plants and animals
  • They’re relatively sticky molecules, which makes them effective in binding with their sought after sugars but undesirable for our digestion
  • Their binding powers can lead them to attach to the intestinal lining and wreak havoc.
Some of the most common conditions and symptoms associated with gluten & lectin are:
  • Gastrointestinal issues such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, heartburn (including GERD, or gastro-esophageal reflux disease), gluten intolerance, celiac disease;
  • Autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common form of hypothyroidism), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, vitiligo, multiple sclerosis;
  • Skin problems, including eczema, acne and hives;
  • Mental health issues, including depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, anxiety, mental ups and downs and schizophrenia;
Many other conditions affecting different body parts, such as headaches and migraines, insomnia and poor sleep, hypoglycemia, infertility, fatigue, lack of concentration, mental fogginess, anemia (iron deficiency), asthma, weight problems, including inability to lose or gain weight and failure to thrive, muscle aches, joint pain, osteoporosis, various nutritional deficiencies, leaky gut (intestinal permeability) and more.
After reading what grains can do to your digestive tract I hope that you will think twice before ingesting such a toxic food.