“One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
There are certain things you can take as absolute facts.
This idea applies to many things. For example, you need air to breathe. You need to drink water. Cold will freeze. Heat will burn. Poison will kill. These effects are the natural properties of elements.
But this idea doesn’t apply to everything. When it comes to food we often think that certain foods will have a specific effect, no matter who eats it. But as you saw in the article on acid and alkaline, that isn’t necessarily true. Yes, if you eat enough arsenic you will die. But commonly eaten foods do not necessarily share this trait. The same is true for essential nutrients.
For example, everyone needs potassium, right? But did you know that it can have very different effects on individuals? Depending on someone’s starting point, potassium can:
- Acidify or alkalinize.
- Stimulate or sedate.
- Improve function or worsen function.
- Balance or imbalance.
- Heal or cause degeneration.
By itself, potassium might help, harm or have no effect. If it’s effects on the body were universal this wouldn’t be true. Try to convince your doctor about this. Good luck on that.
But if you think about it, you already know this is true. It explains why the diet that helped your best friend shed pounds did nothing for you. It clarifies why you feel better after a steak dinner, but your spouse feels worse.
The underlying idea is called biochemical individuality. Roger J. Williams coined the term in his book of the same name. The book was first published in 1956. His research showed all humans differ biochemically from others.
It is almost 60 years since the book came out. Funny how mainstream medicine has mostly ignored this basic idea.
How do you figure out what effect your food has on you? It’s simple, but not easy. The key is learning how to pay attention to what your body tells you. You do this by paying attention to how you feel 1 to 2 hours after eating.
What do you pay attention to? You’ve seen the list in previous articles. Here is a reminder:
- Food cravings and feeling of fullness.
- Physical energy and pain.
- Mental and emotional balance.
Anyone can do this. But it helps to have an easy way to track all of this. And it also speeds the process if you know your starting point. The best way to know this is through Metabolic TypingÃ‚Â®. Contact me for more info.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,