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Problem: Bone Broth & Fermented Foods

Everyone is individual and at different stages of health and for this reason, bone broth and fermented foods are not always are good thing. 

We can get so caught up in a one size fits all approach when it comes to our health and we can often wind up eating foods because they are the latest ‘fad’ foods rather than what’s good for US!

It can be confusing and that’s why it’s important to have our own health needs investigated, rather than always relying on any ‘general advice’ we read.

Even bone broth and fermented foods cause problems for people with some health conditions.

Generally speaking, these foods can be too potent for some people at their stage in their health. 

For example: If you have bone broth and you find that you don’t do well on it, this might be a reaction to the glutamates (glutamic acid.)  Most people respond really well to this, as it has a lot of gut healing benefits, providing that they don’t have e.g. severe leaky gut or other health conditions as listed below.

Why would this be happening?

You could be reacting to the glutamates which is a natural healthy amino acid in bone broth that can hinder people with certain chronic health conditions.    Glutamates for most of us are usually good, because they aid our gut health and stimulate the brain, which is fine if we have enough calming neurotransmitters to remain balanced.  Other foods high in glutamates are mushrooms, broccoli, dairy, tomatoes, walnuts, gluten, soy sauce and white vinegar.

Be Careful With Bone Broth and Fermented Foods If You Fit Into One Of The Health Categories Below:

If you have Histamine intolerance (high histamine): you might need to delay having bone broth and fermented foods until you can heal you liver, gut and balance you gut flora.

More On Histamine Intolerance: Histamine is a good thing and is a natural chemical in our body.  But too much histamine isn’t a good thing.  Histamine causes our blood vessels to swell, or dilate, so that our white blood cells can quickly find and attack the infection or problem. The histamine buildup is what gives us a headache and leaves us feeling flushed, sneezy, itchy, miserable, anxious, irritated and feeling frustrated that we don’t know what’s causing it.

People can get a build up histamine in their body due to many different factors such as environmental reasons e.g. mould, eating high histamine foods e.g. fermented foods, Adrenal fatigue (high cortisol) and it seems to be more prevalent when there is underlying gastrointestinal dysfunction such as in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, IBS etc.  It is thought to occur more commonly with dysbiosis (unbalanced gut flora.)

So when treating this conditions, again we go back to gut health and stress reduction.

If you have severe leaky gut: having too many glutamates can cause problems.  You’ll want to avoid broth and have stock instead, as stock is cook for less time therefore a low glutamate option. Also you may have a problem with milk kefir (tummy pains.)  If so you will want to have water kefir and get your gut healed before you try milk kefir again.

If you have a yeast sensitivity (candida/thrush): you’ll need to avoid kefir and kombucha as they are yeast and bacterial fermented foods.  You should start with a little fermented vegetables (sauerkraut) and see how you go.  Also trying water kefir instead of milk kefir.  Kombucha should be the last thing that you ‘bring in’ much later when you have rebalanced you body.

If you have an overgrowth of lactobacilli in your gut: you may need to avoid ferments until you get some balance back e.g. milk kefir is high in lactobacilli.  This is a good bacteria, but and imbalance is not good. You can see what bacteria overgrowth you have by doing a Gastrointestinal Stool Test.

If you’re on Diabetes of Thyroid Medication: you should check in with your doctor concerning your dosages and absorption.  Some foods will affect these unknowingly.  So the dosage may need to be altered, if you change your diet to include these foods.

If you’re recovering from Cancer: it’s best to avoid bone broth because some research points to cancer cells using glutamine as an energy source.

If you have Epilepsy or ADHD: a very small section of these people may have trouble with high-glutamine foods.  So meat stock is recommended (cooked no more than 2 hours) as this is still very beneficial and shouldn’t be omitted if you can get out of it.

If you have any questions please use the comments section below or jump over to The Group and ask me there.

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