Many foods can be healthy, but sometimes you have to watch just how much you are putting into your mouth. Here are 5 foods that will leave you flushed out if you don't watch out.
1. Vitamin C. Due to its antioxidant property, Vitamin C in high doses is helpful when you have a cold or the flu. It's also recommended for those with chronic diseases, such as those with cancer. In high doses, however, Vitamin C will flush you out. Sometimes called the Tolerance Test or Titrating to Bowel Tolerance, take 1/2 tsp of ascorbic acid powder in a glass of water every 15 minutes. When you get the runs, you know you've gone too far. Lessen the dosage by 25% <- this is your ideal dosage to take. Do understand that the healthier you are, the less Vitamin C you need (that also means you may be someone who doesn't have a bowel movement in 24 hours using the tolerance test, in which case Go HERE to READ MORE). If you get the runs within 24 hours of ingesting 10-15 grams of Vitamin C or less (that's 2-3 tsp of ascorbic acid powder) you are healthy and in great shape!
2. Melons. Melon-me-so good, but have you ever overindulged on watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe? If you have and it sent you running to the bathroom, know why: melons are diuretic! So while a good piece is satisfyingly thirst-quenching on a hot summer's day, too much will have the opposite effect. <-Note that diarrhea can displace your electrolyte count, so try this DIY Electrolyte Recipe:
Mix together and drink on up. Can increase the amount of juice to 3/4-1 cup. Enjoy!
3. Raisins, Dates, Figs, Prunes and Dried Apricots. While these tasty num-nums are super sweet when dried, it is easy to overindulge on them if eating them just by themselves. Not only will all that sugar send your blood glucose spiking high, but the high fiber content will see things moving along. A good idea: eat them with nuts and seeds such as in a trail mix to tamp down on the amount of sugar you are ingesting.
4. Maltitol and other Sugar Alcohols like Xylitol, Erythitol and Glycerol/Glycerin. If you've ever reached for a package of sugar-free candy or chocolate and eaten the whole thing, Warning, Warning! There is usually a label on the package that states that the substance ending in "-ol" (e.g. maltitol) may cause a laxative effect. And for good reason, because sugar alcohols are not properly absorbed by the digestive tract and can cause bloating, gas and yep, diarrhea. Glycerin (which is also called glycerol) is a substance commonly added as a humectant to many foods, so if you find yourself running for the loo and aren't sure why, check the package label to see if glycerin is an ingredient. While not exactly "healthy," these treats are OK for those with diabetes and others watching their sugar intake. Moderation is the key word!
5. Green Juices & Green Smoothies. The new craze at juice bars and in many places is to add greens to your fave protein shake or fruit frappe. Yet if you are someone who hasn't gotten on board with the whole green health kick, then your intestines may find you suffering at the bathroom door. All this to say that greens ARE really healthy for you, being low glyceminc and low in calories, however you might need to build up your tolerance if you and greens have just started to get acquainted. So while your friend might be adding half if not the whole head of kale into a smoothie, go easy and start with a leaf or two. In a similar vein, note that other green goodies can find you running to the loo, such as wheatgrass shots and liquid chlorophyll (they work on detoxing your body) and aloe vera juice or gel (a known mild laxative).
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