Lectins, also known as “anti-nutrients,” can be found in a variety of common foods: grains, legumes, tomatoes, and more. While lectins are naturally occurring in all organisms, consuming them through certain plant foods may be doing more harm than good.
If you’ve been feeling unwell, experiencing food sensitivities and allergies, or even developed more serious conditions, like neural autoimmunity, it may be time to consider getting the Lectin Zoomer. Here’s a breakdown of how lectins can affect the body and how Vibrant Wellness health tests can help you understand your body’s reaction to lectins so you can start forging your path to recovery.
The Lectin Zoomer tests for both lectins and aquaporins. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that naturally occur in all plants. They’re found in the highest concentrations in whole grains, like wheat. In nature, lectins actually protect plants as they grow. These same defensive features may be what makes lectins harmful to humans.
Lectins resist being broken down in the gut. When in their active state, they can induce negative side effects like nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, and gas. This can cause nutrient malabsorption. Studies show that lectins can bind to epithelial cells, helping endotoxins to cross the epithelial barrier into the tissues where damage occurs.
Aquaporins are water channels that we find on the cell membrane of both plants and animals. Aquaporins can cross-react, meaning the aquaporin in a plant can cross-react with the aquaporin in a human. This can lead to neurological symptoms like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and autism.
There are a variety of ways that lectins may negatively affect your body. The Lectin Zoomer health test can provide answers.
Lectin sensitivity can cause a variety of unexplained symptoms, including:
- Skin rashes
- Fluctuating weight
- Brain fog or inability to concentrate
- Psychological symptoms and disorders (like depression)
- Neurological autoimmunity
- Joint pain
These symptoms are fairly general – they could be attributed to a wide variety of conditions. The Lectin Zoomer Health Test can help you understand what’s actually causing them. Rather than putting a bandaid on the issue by treating your symptoms, you can address what’s really at the heart of the matter.
There’s some evidence that lectins can contribute to major, serious diseases. That includes autoimmune diseases, celiac disease, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.
These conditions develop over time, so the sooner you address lifestyle factors that can contribute to developing them, the better. By learning how your body reacts to lectins, you can adjust your diet as necessary to help lower your risk of these diseases.
The Lectin Zoomer is really two tests in one. Not only does it test for a long list of lectins commonly found in our food, but it also tests for aquaporins. Many high-lectin foods also contain these water channels, which can increase your risk of neuro-autoimmune disorders and trigger your body’s immune reaction. Since the Vibrant Wellness Lectin Zoomer tests your immune system’s response to both of these proteins, you get the most comprehensive understanding of your sensitivity possible.
Most food sensitivity tests only focus on common triggers, like wheat or corn. The Lectin Zoomer goes deeper than that, detecting your sensitivity to the lectin components of food. This is an important distinction.
For example, you may get a negative result on a corn sensitivity test, meaning you have no issue with corn. Meanwhile, a Lectin Zoomer panel can determine that you’re positive for a corn lectin sensitivity. Without this information, you would continue eating corn without realizing that you’re sensitive to a small component of it.
Once you know how your body responds to lectins and aquaporins, you can create a plan to optimize your health, get rid of unpleasant symptoms, and protect yourself from diseases. You can share your test results with your doctor or a registered dietician to create a nutrition and wellness plan that’s completely tailored to you. Over time, you’ll be able to reduce inflammation and ultimately feel better.
Vibrant Wellness offers lab testing with incredible specificity and sensitivity. They are a CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited company, so you know you’re in good hands. Plus, you can complete the panel from the comfort of your own home – just collect a blood sample via finger prick and send it off to the lab.
Ready to transform your health with Vibrant America Lab Tests? Get your Lectin Zoomer today to get started.