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Difficulty of detecting and accepting food intolerances


Saturday, December 20 2003 - Filed under: General

Difficulty of detecting and accepting food intolerances

Although it seems easy to determine which foods one can tolerate and which one cannot, it often proves much more difficult. Especially when the effects only become apparent after a few days.

One example is the difficulty of detecting and *accepting* that a simple food that we have eaten for millenia is bad for one's health: Bread.
People wonder what causes the problem: Is the meat, is it the fruit, is it the vegetables or the sauce I ate yesterday.
We often forget to question the foods we eat on a daily basis: The bread, the potatoes, the sugar in our coffee and tea and not to forget all the candies we eat and the ''sweets'' we spread on our bread.

Once you understand that starches and refined sugars aren't healthy foods a very big health gain can be expected. However, sometimes there are still some intolerances that are more difficult to detect.

I've been eating this way for over three years now and I now finally detected and *accepted* a food intolerance. Today, I finally recognized the pattern: When I would eat relatively large amounts of butter, I would feel extremely well the first few days. However, after about three-four days, I would start to feel less energetic and would even start to feel depressed.
I also noticed I got massive amounts of mucus in my intestines. Interestingly, I also started to sneeze and could feel a lot more mucus in my throat. Once again, I became very aware that the entire channel, from the end of the large intestines all the way up to the throat and the mouth, is one. They are all connected.

Macronutrient-wise this confirms the advantages of Dr. Kwasniewski's Homo Opt imus: The first few days I eat these high amounts of butter, I feel very powerful and energetic. Energy all day long, very optimistic, the true feeling of what a human should feel like: A ''Homo Optimus'' (optimal human) indeed. However, one detail is overlooked here: One possible scenario is that the slim amount of lactose in the butter feeds the bacteria in the intestines, which then produce acids, which then causes themucus layer in the intestines to increase in thickness, which then causes malabsorption, which causes malnutrition of the brains. Result: depression, low energy, etc.
Another possible scenario is that proteins (or possibly even hormones) upset the immune system (did you know 50% of the immune system resides in the intestines), which then causes the thickening of the intestines, etc.

Either way, I'm faced by a dilemma right now: Butter is in many ways an optimal food: It's very high in saturated fat, the best fuel for each and every cell in our body. Furthermore it contains virtually no poly-unsaturated fats and has a positive omega3 to omega6 fatty acid ratio. So, Macronutrient-wise it's perfect, but because of some nasty details I can't use (too much) butter in my diet. Self-made cream has the same effect alas, so that's no alternative.

I will have to make a concession to the Optimal Diet here: Butter and cream in nice amounts is impossible. Another good fat source, porc gravy, is out of order also alas. I don't react well to porc's meat and fat. I think it has to do with what the RBTI says about eating porc and other unclean meats (Reams discovered porc burns too rapidly in the system and makes the body loose many minerals).
There are still some other saturated fat I could use: Beef fat or coconut fat. Beef fat would be preferable as it's animal based and contains more nutrients. But then I would need to find considerable amounts of organic pastured beef fat, which I haven't been able to find until now.

At the moment I will go for a sub-optimal solution: I will use raw olive oil, raw coconut oil and raw nuts (some nuts are 70-80% fat).
So, I compromise on the omega3  mega6 ratio as olive oil upsets the omega6  mega3 relation and also on the types of fats (except for the coconut oil above foods are primarily mono-unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are the best, mono-unsaturated are OK, poly-unsaturated fats are bad).

This is just one example, but I think you get the picture. I hope this might help you understand food intolerances when you're plagued by them.
I wish you good luck with your personal health-quest. It's very important to (learn to) listen to your body and to be able to accept that a certain (fancy, tasty) food isn't as good for you as you want to believe.


Ed,
The Netherlands



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