It’s become a huge, popular dietary movement parallel to the likes of vegan, keto, pescetarian, and Atkins diets: the Gundry Diet is officially trending across the world. Aside from its famous weight loss capabilities, the Gundry Diet is actually one of the best when it comes to improving your circulation, overall heart health, and even anti-aging benefits because of the wide variety of nutrition it provides.
Dr. Steven Gundry had found through extensive research that lectins in whole grain food, beans, and legumes can be harmful for some people. While they benefit most normal people in improving cell interaction, laboratory studies have shown they can cause the clumping or clustering of red blood cells. In addition, their presence blocks the absorption of some necessary nutrients our body needs.
It is for this reason Dr. Gundry has proposed a diet that is free from all forms of lectins. The adjustment a dieter needs to undertake with the Gundry diet is not as drastic as they will have in keto, vegan, and gluten-free diets. But, that’s just one of the seven compelling reasons Singaporeans just have to try it for themselves.
The Gundry diet won’t ask you to eliminate meat from your diet. In fact, it won’t make you eat just one variety of meat and fat as keto does. In fact, you might be eating a Gundry diet already, and you have zero idea you were already doing it. As long as you don’t eat whole wheat, legumes, beans, and nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, etc.), you’re already under a Gundry diet.
Perhaps the only areas you’ll need to adjust is transitioning from corn-fed to exclusively grass-fed meat. In addition, you’ll need to give someone else your corn sides often included in steak meal sets and avoid corn altogether. Grains such as white rice are still welcome (and quite a relief since this is a staple in Singaporean cuisine), but the Gundry diet advises limiting rice intake when possible.
Therefore, if you’re a burger lover, just remove the cheese and tomatoes, and you’re all set. Plenty of Singaporean restaurants offer grass-fed beef, pork, and chicken options if you’re planning to eat out while on a Gundry diet. Additionally, grass-fed meats have more healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, no artificial food supplements fed to cows, pigs, and chickens, lean meat rich in protein, and cancer-fighting conjulated linoleic acid (CLA) that prevents cancer.
Eating undercooked legumes is dangerous. In fact, many nutritionists advise against eating legumes on an empty stomach or if it’s poorly cooked. While it does benefit the body by improving cell interaction, active-state legumes can cause stomach cramps. For example, eating raw kidney beans will cause accelerated clumping of red blood cells. This can cause people to vomit or have diarrhea.
In fact, some experience problematic bloating and a gassy feeling right after eating enough amounts of properly-cooked legumes and beans. This is lectin causing minor indigestion. According to Harvard, it blocks the absorption of some minerals including calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron, which are essential in improving the immune system and developing bone density in growing children.
In the study’s analysis, experts found lectins to bind themselves to the digestive tract’s lining, which disrupts food breakdown. It is often the cause of vomiting and diarrhea among people eating high amounts of lectin. By going on a Gundry diet, you won’t have much problems with your digestive system.
You can eat the following types of food doing the Gundry Diet:
Grass-Fed Meat:- Cows, pigs, and chickens raised in pastures solely fed with grass throughout their lifespan are the healthiest options with the least possible amount of lectin content. Corn-fed beef and pork and free-range chicken meat will eat a great number of fruits, vegetables, and even other animals that eat seeds. These contain huge amounts of lectin disruptive to the Gundry diet.
A2 Milk:- The A2 milk variant contains beta-casein affects the body positively through the absence of BCM-7. This substance causes symptoms of lactose-intolerance, and is greatly present in A1 milk. While in some cases A2 milk can still cause these symptoms to appear, the severity of incidents are significantly less than A1 milk. It’s very rich in Vitamin A, B2, B6, B12, D, E, K, a great source of whey and selenium, and a great source of phosphorous, which benefits the body in various ways.
Garlic and Onion:- Almost every Singaporean, Chinese, Indonesian, and Indian food available in the country uses garlic and onion as an integral part of traditional dishes. Fortunately, the Gundry diet allows you to eat both without any fear of lectin side effects. Both garlic and onion can help improve immune system performance, regulate cholesterol levels, and has great vitamins and minerals.
Olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil:- If you’re fond of salads, shifting to olive oil is going to be easy and convenient if you’re planning to do the Gundry diet. In addition to their weight-loss benefits, you get many great benefits such as a huge amount of antioxidants that help your body cells, has great strong anti-inflammatory properties, improves your circulation, and reduces the likelihood of heart diseases and strokes.
Caption: Gundry Diet Food Pyramid
The Gundry diet might seem faddish and trendy at first sight just like keto and pescetarian diets when they first came out. However, even without superfoods, they did well for many individuals who found success in making them a regular dietary program. Luckily, if you’re going to go through the Gundry diet, you won’t have much problems; a great number of yummy superfoods are part of your diet automatically.
Here is a list of some of the greatest superfoods you’ll get to eat as much as you can:
The number-one complaint and gripe of nutritionists and athletes worldwide regarding faddish diets that become popular on a regular basis is their food restrictions. For example, keto is almost impossible for many dieters to maintain because it restricts you to eating meat and lowering carbohydrates. Regular individuals with normal physical activity will likely find keto troublesome especially if you’re restricted to eating meat alone. Athletes find it problematic because of the low carbohydrate content in the diet — one that they need to fuel muscles during training and competitions.
However, the Gundry diet proposes only eating food free from lectin. As we have listed above, dieters have numerous food that has a good combination of fruits, vegetables, and grass-fed meat, which help guarantee a balanced and long-term maintainable weight loss regimen or healthy-living diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and other helpful benefits that prevent heart disease, improve concentration and brain function, and keep cancer at bay.
According to Good Housekeeping, famous singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson revealed that she lost 37 pounds by undergoing the Gundry diet. True enough, a diet’s efficacy depends on the dieter’s dedication towards meeting their goals. For Clarkson, it was her thyroid issue triggering an autoimmune disease that led her to the “lectin-free” diet.
As her interview reveals, it wasn’t an easy journey because she had to restrict eating processed foods, beans, and whole grains — the penultimate sources of lectins — and change her eating lifestyle for good. However, it has definitely worked for her, which has convinced many Singaporeans that it can definitely be an excellent diet to maintain and use.
In addition, processed food is never an excellent dietary choice. While Kelly’s focus was weight loss, cutting down on processed food and sticking by the healthy food groups you can consume in the Gundry diet will help you have a healthier body upon adopting it.
With superfoods that give you Omega-9, huge amounts of Vitamin A, B, antioxidants and other nutrients, there’s no denying that the Gundry diet works. When you compare this with fruit, vegetable, and carbohydrate-restrictive keto diets, the end result is definitely a great, balanced diet despite the absence of whole wheat, beans, and processed food.
We know we’ve been talking about the Gundry diet as a positive diet than other faddish diets that have so much food restriction to guarantee any balance in one’s diet. However, the Gundry diet is safe — to a point if you can accept a few caveats.
Pasture or grass-fed meat, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables Dr. Gundry highly recommends eating are beneficial and can lower your risk of cancer, improve your overall circulation, introduce heart-saving benefits, and more.
However, binge-eating healthy food (even if they have low calories) can still lead to complications. Healthy fats may be good, but an excess can lead to heart complications.
Weight-loss initiatives and goals aside, if you’re still eating too much of anything — even when you’re doing intermittent fasting, keto, or other diets — you can still end up with high blood pressure, obesity, and others even with healthy food. We definitely stress always having a balanced diet with natural, non-to-low processed food on a daily basis to help you keep your body in the best condition that allows you to have a long and healthy life.
Protect Yourself With The Right Diet and Emergency Back-Up Plan Whenever Possible
A good lifestyle is just one part of making sure you’re always in top shape. However, many things in life — even if planned — can turn into a nightmare in an instant. While the Gundry diet can help you achieve weight loss and even a healthier body, unexpected occurrences can lead you into situations where you’re ill-prepared. It is for this reason that AXA Criticare exists; to make sure that you’re always at the ready even at your best state.
It might seem unnecessary now at your younger and healthier years, but critical illness is unpredictable — yes, even for those with healthy diets and lifestyles. A healthy body has the best defence against diseases, but it is no guarantee you will not encounter any critical illnesses. However, it does guarantee that you’ll have lower repayment premiums by securing AXA’s specialisedCriticare for men and women.Learn more about this beneficial health insurance here. Stay healthy, stay fit, and eat right!