|| SLOW OXIDISER
|jittery, high strung
||sluggish, fatigue, worn out
|apple shaped body
||pear shaped body
|carries weight higher
||carries weight lower
|slim arms & legs
||carries fat on hips & legs
|high energy - alarm state
||low energy - exhausted
|extrovert - socialiser
|acute aches & pains
||chronic aches & pains
|prone to rheumatics
||prone to osteo-arthritis
|must have breakfast
||doesn't want breakfast
|hungry - must eat often
|| not hungry - no appetite
|likes salty foods
||thirsty - drinks a lot
|sweet foods are too sweet
||craves sweet & sour foods
|needs fat & protein
|| needs protein, veg, fruit
|avoid carbohydrate, spices
||avoid dairy & fats & sweets
Mixed Oxidation: from Fast to Slow
Most people who are Fast Oxidizers end up being Slow Oxidizers later in life. This is because being in Fast Oxidation is very stimulating and depleting to the Adrenal glands. Fast Oxidizers tend to be hyper-emotional, insomniacs, and irritable which are all mental states which causes the over-secretion of Adrenal hormones such as Cortisol, Aldosterone, Epinephrine and Norepinehrine.
Cortisol helps to boost blood sugar levels to power our "fight or flight" stress reaction by converting proteins and fats into glucose. This causes an increase in Potassium levels as cells are broken down and used for fuel. This is a catabolic condition of the body breaking down to fuel a high energy situation. This is why Fast Oxidizers tend to lose weight.
Aldosterone is secreted in response to stress to increase Sodium retention in the Kidneys, due to the increased need for Sodium in all of the nerve impulses required of a "fight or flight" stress reaction. Water is also retained along with Sodium which raises blood volume and thus leads to high blood pressure and edema or swelling.
Aldosterone also causes the elimination of Zinc and Magnesium, since these are calming to the nervous system. The body has no use for Zinc and Magnesium when the body thinks that it is under some imminent threat. This leads to muscle cramps and less tolerance to stressors since the body chemistry is now set up for an increased reactivity to environmental stressors. As Zinc is lost, a
results since Zinc is needed to balance Copper and make it bio-available.
After years of stress and these "fight or flight" stress reactions, the Adrenals get depleted leading to
The Adrenals are no longer able create adequate amounts of the hormones Cortisol and Aldosterone to sustain the Fast Oxidizer metabolism, so Sodium and Potassium levels decline in direct correlation to the amount of Aldosterone and Cortisol secreted by the Adrenals.
The Fast Oxidizer becomes a Slow Oxidizer not by choice but because it has burnt up all of its resources and cannot sustain the Fast Oxidizer metabolism. They still have the mind set of a Fast Oxidizer but now they are tired all the time, have less of an appetite, and are now exhibiting many of the Slow Oxidizer symptoms.
Slow Oxidizers and Sugar Cravings
As Fast Oxidizers become Slow Oxidizers due to Adrenal fatigue, they tend to have more sugar cravings in order to boost their energy levels. Blood sugar levels tend to drop more easily in a Slow Oxidizer because the low levels of Cortisol production are unable to stabilize the blood sugar levels, leading to a condition of Hypoglycemia.
Slow Oxidizers have increased cravings for chocolate, nuts and coffee as well because these foods all have high levels of Copper. Copper stimulates the Adrenals and boosts Sodium levels to give a false impression of energy.
Slow Oxidizers tend to have severe Sugar cravings because of low energy and Hypoglycemia. However, Slow Oxidizers are in no way capable of handling Simple Sugars in their diet due to impaired insulin production and Adrenal function, giving rise to a diabetic condition of excess blood glucose levels which can become very dangerous and may eventually lead to fatality if not remedied.
Elevated Blood Sugar
Elevated Blood sugar levels can lead to a host of different degenerative diseases because of Sugar's toxic effects on the tissues. Sugar is supposed to get into the cells to make ATP cellular energy, not staying in the blood stream in large quantities for an extended period of time.
Diabetes with elevated blood sugar levels can cause:
- kidney failure
- heart disease
- nerve degeneration with loss of sensation and motor function
- plus many others
- Sugar in excess quantities will degenerate all of the tissues that it contacts.
A more accurate test for Diabetes is the HBA1C test for Cross-linked proteins in the blood. This is more accurate than a fasting Blood Glucose test which only shows a snapshot of one moment in your blood sugar levels. The HBA1C test shows a chronic degeneration of the proteins in the blood due to constant elevated blood sugar levels. These blood proteins become "cross-linked" or glued to the glucose molecule so that it is no longer able to carry out its prior function.
These "cross-linked" gluco-proteins can also cause placque buildup in the artery walls leading to Atherosclerosis and Coronary Obstructive disease. These accumulations of glucose and blood proteins can produce clots and can even lead to stroke.
What are Simple Sugars?
Simple Sugars are all foods that dramatically elevate blood glucose levels in a short amount of time causing a stressful Insulin response to remove the sugar from the blood. Starches and Alcohol also breakdown into sugar in the intestines and are thus also categorized as Simple Sugars.
Foods that are considered Simple Sugars and cause a drastic elevation in blood glucose levels include:
- Ice Cream
- Fruit Juice
- Dried Fruit
- Agave Syrup
- Hard Liquor
- Maple Syrup
- Date sweetened items
- most Protein Bars
You really have to read the Nutrition Facts on the back label of your food items to read the Sugar and Carbohydrate contents.
Some labels that do not show a high Sugar or Carbohydrate content are dividing the whole product into two or three servings. You would then have to multiply the Sugar or Carbohydrate readings by two or three respectively if you plan to eat the entire thing in one sitting.
I've seen a single 12 ounce beverage split into 3 servings making the Sugar and Carbohydrate readings severely reduced. These companies are tricky and are not so forthcoming with their true Sugar content.
Slow Oxidizer Diet Plan
The first thing to balance a Slow Oxidizer metabolism, to increase energy and for weight reduction is:
Avoid the consumption of Simple Sugars!
Excess amounts of Simple Sugars in the diet are the main causes of Chronic fatigue, gas and bloating, indigestion, chronic infections, high blood pressure, chronic headaches....every major chronic ailment is worsened by Simple Sugars in the diet.
Stopping the intake of Simple Sugars is even more difficult for a Slow Oxidizer than a Fast Oxidizer since we crave these sugars due to their stimulating effects on the adrenals and the temporary energy boost that they give us. Also, as our blood sugar drops due to our Low Cortisol production, we crave the Simple Sugars to help us rebound and raise our blood sugar levels.
Some quick and easy Low-Carb snack ideas include:
- Beef jerky
- Low-Carb protein bars
- String cheese
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks with peanut butter
- Sardines and whole grain crackers
- Tuna fish and celery sticks
- Deli Meats that don't contain Sulfites
- Hummus and Cucumber
Leftovers are a great way to have quick and easy yet nutritious and low in Simple Sugars.
Here is a great recipe for Chili that can be stored in the fridge and eaten over 3 to 5 days. The spices help to preserve the freshness and even tastes better after a day or two.
Red Meat Chili
- 1 1/2 lb.s Ground Beef, Lamb, Buffalo, or other Red Meat
- 1/4 cup Red Wine
- 1 cup Beef Stock
- 1 Onion (chopped)
- 1 Bell Pepper (chopped)
- 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
- 3 Cloves of Garlic (peeled and mashed)
- 2 tsp. Ground Cumin
- 4 tsp. Dried Oregano
- 4 tsp. Dried Basil
- 2 tsp. Paprika
- A pinch of Cayenne Pepper
- 2 cups Kidney Beans
- Olive Oil
- Chopped Cilantro
- Chopped Green Onions
- Creme Fraiche (used sparingly)
Saute onions in Olive oil for a couple of minutes in a large heavy pot. Add the Ground Beef and brown on all sides. Add all of the remaining ingredients (beside garnishes) and then bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Add your desired garnishes and enjoy.
Vegetarian Diet - Nutritional deficiencies
The main nutritional deficiencies that I would be concerned about with a vegetarian diet include:
1. Zinc – Necessary for all protein synthesis in the body including digestive enzymes, neurotransmitters, adrenal hormone synthesis, insulin, the optic nerve and sexual reproductive cells all need Zinc. The male prostate especially needs lots of Zinc, as well as our immune cells.
Pumpkin seeds are the only adequate source of Zinc in a vegetarian diet that does not also have too much Copper which will displace Zinc in enzymatic binding sites. Legumes and grains have the highest amounts of Copper with low Zinc. Meat has high amounts of Zinc with low amounts of Copper. Stock up on pumpkin seeds!
Low Zinc to Copper will increase your tendency to retain other heavy metals in the body such as Mercury, Cadmium, Lead, and Aluminum because Metallothionein (the main metal binding protein which detoxifies heavy metals) is 50% Zinc.
2. Tryptophan – is an essential amino acid only found in meat and eggs. Tryptophan is the precursor to Serotonin so low dietary intake of meat and eggs can result in a Serotonin deficiency which can cause insomnia, anxiety, depression, racing thoughts, and other mood disorders. Turkey is the best source of tryptophan but Pure Encapsulations makes a great L-Tryptophan supplement.
3. B12, Folic acid, and B6 – are very low in vegetarian diets. I would supplement these three with nutritional supplements. Take 100 mg of P5P (B6), 500 mg of Folic acid, and 1000 mg of MethylCobalamin (B12) to start. I would increase this dose to 3 times per day, with meals, as well as Calcium and Vitamin D3.
Broccoli is the most powerful food Vitamin. Eat it every day!
4. Soy – I would not eat soy. It contains Phytates (as do all grains and legumes) which block mineral absorption. Soy is very high in Copper. Soy is high in phytoestrogens which may block T3 thyroid hormone at the cellular level which will reduce your metabolism and cause liver dysfunction. All soy grown in the US now contains GMO’s because Monsanto has cross pollinated all of their GMO soybeans with every other Soy farm in the country. Even Asians don’t eat as much soy as some vegetarians who rely on it for protein.
I would recommend eggs, fish (tilapia and catfish, not tuna or seabass or swordfish because of mercury), quinoa, amaranth, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, jack fruit, papaya, moderate amounts of coconut (too much can cause copper toxicity), and I would also reduce avocado (which is very high in Copper). Chocolate and coffee are the highest Copper foods, so I would avoid these also. Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seeds…
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