Food that may not suit you

A lot of people are dealing with chronic digestives problems and tried to recover from this disease by trying an elimination diet. This is fair. As a human, we are all different. Ayurveda said that because of our nature (prakriti), our health at the moment (vikriti), our medical history (antibiotic, depression, drugs), our environment (sport, cigarettes, alcohol) and sometimes even because of spirituals matters (past life), we all have different body and different tolerance to food. What I tried to do today it’s a quick work that I did for me and I decided to share it with you.

I made a list of food that may not suit you according to studies. So, yes, according to science. You take it or not. My goal is to share what could be the more challenging food to digest in general.

FODMAP

FODMAP means Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols, which are short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are poorly absorbed by the body. The FODMAP diet is based on the elimination or severely limited of the food to avoid for 3-8 weeks, then gradually reintroduced into a low-FODMAP diet to see if they cause symptoms.

FODMAP diet has been a very good result for some of my customers. I invite you to read more about this diet/lifestyle here but if you need scientific proof just check this study. The conclusion is: the evidence to date strongly supports the efficacy of a low FODMAP diet in the treatment of IBS. Further studies are required to understand any potential adverse effects of long-term restriction of FODMAPs.

Nightshades

Called the nightshade family of the potato family, Solanaceae may be connected with arthritis and joint pain, especially the autoimmune disease of rheumatoid arthritis. Nightshades contain an alkaloid called solanine, which is toxic in high concentrations. Some people with sensitivities or food allergies involve the nightshade family. Eliminating these foods may help those with a sensitivity find relief from their symptoms.

The same chemical compounds that cause so many problems in nightshade-sensitive people can bring benefits to people with healthy digestive systems. It is why Ayurveda tells us than Vata type people or everybody that experience a Vata Imbalance should avoid all kind of food that contains neurotoxin.

« The poisoning is primarily manifested by gastrointestinal and neurological disorders. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning of the throat, heart arrhythmia, headache, and dizziness. Hallucinations, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils, and hypothermia has been reported in more severe cases. It is suggested that doses of 200–400 mg for adult humans can cause toxic symptoms. » For more information, read here.

Ketogenic diet

Keto diet The main component of a keto diet is to lower your carb intake to 20–40 net grams per day to achieve ketosis. A keto or ketogenic diet is a low-carb, moderate protein, a higher-fat diet that can help you burn fat more effectively.

Studies prove that a ketogenic diet is excellent for managing type 2 diabetes, sometimes even leading to a complete reversal of the disease. But what interests us here, is that a Keto diet can result in a calmer stomach, less gas, fewer cramps, and less pain, often resulting in improvements in IBS symptoms.

Oxalates

Oxalic acid or oxalates are very tiny molecules that bind minerals like calcium making them insoluble and decreasing their bioavailability. It is found in a variety of seeds, nuts, and many vegetables. Oxalates can cause kidney stones but also may be responsible for a wide variety of other health problems related to inflammation, auto-immunity, mitochondrial dysfunction, mineral balance, connective tissue integrity, urinary tract issues, and poor gut function.

Having a damaged gut lining will increase your absorption of oxalates. It’s why it could be very helpful to eliminate some of the food that is rich in oxalate to rest the digestive system.

Food allergies

A food allergy is a reaction to a food protein, commonly from cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, seafood, and tree nuts. A food allergy happens when a person’s immune system overreacts to a protein in food. In a person who is allergic, the immune system reacts to the protein by over-producing a special group of antibodies – immunoglobulin E. These antibodies are responsible for the symptoms of the allergic reaction.

Symptoms of a food allergy range from mild discomfort to severe reactions requiring immediate medical attention. It could be a sneezing symptom, diarrhea or a severe reaction affecting one, or more organ systems, for example respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems. So, if you sneeze immediately after having a kid of food, you may be intolerant or even allergic.

Trigunas

In Ayurveda, a guna is an element of reality that can affect our psychological, emotional, and energetic states. All three gunas are always present in all beings. A guna can be increased or decreased through the interaction, and influence of food, lifestyle practices and thoughts. The three gunas are tamas (darkness & chaos), rajas (activity & passion), and sattva (beingness & harmony).

Tamas is a state of darkness, inertia, and inactivity. It manifests from ignorance. Some tamasic gunas are laziness, attachment, depression, addiction, sadness and grief. Tamasic food includes processed food, junk food, alcoholic beverage, some vegetables, and meat.

Rajas is a state of action, determination, and movement. It manifests from the action. Some rajasic gunas are attachment, anger, anxiety, and fear. Rajasic food includes pungent food, tea, coffee, some meat, pasta, and food that is not balanced in taste.

Sattva is a state of harmony, balance, joy, and intelligence. It manifests from love. Some sattvic qualities are happiness, wellness, self-control, and peace. Sattvic food includes this type of food in a small portion only: ripe fruits, ghee, fresh seeds, natural nuts, leafs vegetables that are not pungent or bitter, good quality, and cold-pressed oil.

Gassy Food

Some foods cause you gas after you eat them. Most foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas while fats and proteins cause little gas. Each person has their own reaction to single foods but Vata people are very sensitive to it. Gassy food is caused but some molecules in the fruits and vegetables, but also the cooking method and the quality of food. If you used to have gas after a meal, you may also consider how you cook your food.

Proteins like gluten, found in wheat and other grains, can cause a variety of allergic responses in susceptible people, including gas. Whole grains such as wheat and oats contain fiber, raffinose, and starch. All of these leads to gas.

Beans contain large amounts of raffinose which is a complex sugar that the body has trouble digesting. Bacteria digest it by producing hydrogen and methane gas that need to exit. Smaller amounts are found in cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, other vegetables, and whole grains.

The body has trouble digesting alcohol and sorbitol. Both compounds are dominant in fruits such as apples, peaches, pears, and prunes.
Fruits also contain soluble fiber that must pass through the large intestines, where bacteria break them down to create hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane gas.

As you can see from this table, the list of foods to avoid health problems is not exactly the same from diet to diet. On the other hand, you can see that certain foods, like wheat, appear in several diets. Also note that I have only listed vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and fruits.

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Les 3 gunas des aliments

Les trigunas s’apparentent à la constitution psychologique de chaque individu, mais aussi de chaque aliment. La prédominance des trigunas dans le corps définit la constitution psychologique. Les trigunas sont sattva, rajas et tamas. Lorsque l’on prend l’habitude de consommer des aliments sattvic, rajasic ou tamasic, notre psychologie change en fonction de ces aliments. Par exemple, si l’on mange des aliments à tendance sattvic, notre équilibre reviendra et nos émotions s’équilibreront aussi. Par contre, en faisant du régime Tamasic une habitude, cela aurait pour effet de nous rendre malade et de faire de nous des êtres négatifs et fainéants.

Les gunas sont responsables du comportement et des tendances naturelles de tous les êtres vivants. Les êtres humains sont également soumis à leur influence. On dit que sous leur contrôle, les gens perdent leur capacité à discerner les vérités et leur nature essentielle. On retrouve une description détaillée des trigunas dans le quatorzième chapitre de la Bhagavadgita via Krishna :

  •  Sattva est pur, sans impuretés, éclairant et exempte de maladie. Il lie l’âme par l’attachement au bonheur et à la connaissance
  •  Rajas est plein de passion et est né de la soif (ou désir intense) et de l’attachement. Il lie l’âme par l’attachement avec l’action.
  • Tamas, ce sont les ténèbres et la grossièreté de l’homme. C’est  l’ignorance et la cause de l’illusion. Il lie l’âme par imprudence, paresse et sommeil.

Dans les êtres, les trois gunas se disputent la suprématie et tentent de se supprimer mutuellement. Sattva prédomine en supprimant les Rajas et les Tamas. Rajas prédomine en supprimant Sattva et Tamas, et Tamas en supprimant à la fois Sattva et Rajas.

Comment savoir quelle qualité est prédominante chez une personne à un moment donné? Selon la Bhagavadgita, lorsque le sattva est prédominant, de toutes les portes du corps humain rayonne l’illumination de la connaissance. Quand Rajas est prédominant, la cupidité, la mondanité, la recherche de fins matérielles et un penchant pour les activités égoïstes apparaissent. Lorsque le tamas est présent, on peut voir l’épanouissement des ténèbres, de l’inactivité, de l’insouciance et des illusions.

Sattva– clarté et équilibre

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Le régime sattvique comprend des fruits frais comme la grenade, la pomme, la banane, les oranges, les raisins. les céréales comme le riz basmati et le blé en petite quantité et les produits laitiers comme le lait et le ghee. Il garde le corps mince et agile et l’esprit calme et tranquille. Le babeurre frais, les légumes verts frais comme les épinards, les haricots verts, le moong dal sont de bons exemples de nourriture sattvique. Bien que le goût sucré doux soit sattvique, trop de goût sucré comme dans les chocolats et les sucreries, etc., augmente la qualité des tamas.

Rajas – mouvement

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Le régime Rajasic consiste en un goût épicé, trop salé et acide. Les légumes comme l’oignon, l’ail et leurs préparations épicées et acides comme le ketchup ou le vinaigre ont la qualité Rajasic. Les vins, les cornichons, la viande, en particulier la viande rouge et les boissons similaires au café et au thé, tous les types de boissons alcoolisées sont de nature rajasique. Ces aliments aggravent le Pitta et le Vata et augmentent l’agitation, la colère et l’irritabilité.

Tamas – inertie et stagnation

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Le régime tamasique est celui qui contient des produits animaux en quantité tels que des viandes et des poissons en conserve. Il s’agit aussi des produits laitiers pasteurisés trop froids comme le lait et le yaourt. Ces aliments augmentent le Kapha et la léthargie, l’ignorance, l’apathie et l’augmentation du sommeil. Le régime Tamasic comprend les produits surgelés, les plats préparés et industriels. Trop d’aliments congelés et en conserve, ainsi que des aliments transformés augmentent également la qualité de Tamasic.