Excerpted from "What Oxidation Type Are You? written by Allen Lawrence, M.D.
THE FAST OXIDIZER
Recognizing the Fast Oxidizer:
1. The fast oxidizer breaks down carbohydrates very rapidly.
2. There is an increased amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood stream.
3. Fast oxidizers generally needs a high protein diet. Proteins take longer to break down and hence a high protein diet controls hunger. A pure fast oxidizer may well be a complete carnivore.
4. All foods are oxidized or burned up fairly rapidly, therefore may be hungry often during the day. The fast oxidizer generally must eat at least three meals a day and sometimes even more.
5. The ash created by the burning of protein is acidic and therefore the blood becomes more acidic, that is, the pH of the blood decreases. At its extreme a metabolic acidosis may be created.
6. The Parasympathetic nervous system is more dominant in fast oxidizers. Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system causes increase hydrochloric acid production, increased motility of the digestive system and release of pepsin and other digestive enzymes into the stomach to aid in digestion.
7. The fast oxidizer is more likely to suffer from problems where there is lack of stimulation of one or another gland or organ. Conditions such as: a low thyroid, calcium imbalance, allergic asthma, stomach ulcers, hay fever, excess mucous production, slower heart rate, low blood pressure and reactive hypoglycemia. These problems are also related to the speed of metabolism and the hyperglycemic action of adrenaline.
8. The fast oxidizer is more likely to suffer from diarrhea then constipation.
9. May be prone to fainting or episodes of dizziness.
10. The fast oxidizer may be more prone to osteoporosis and inflammations of the joints such as traumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
11. There is an increased potential of addiction to sugar and therefore to weight gain and even binge eating.
12. The fast oxidizer may experience increase intestinal motility, acidic stomach, acid indigestion or gastric reflux.
How Does One Determine Whether They Are a Fast Oxidizer?
1. There are two provocative tests to determine if an individual is a fast oxidizer.
a) Niacin Test: 50 mg of Niacin is given on an empty stomach. If the individual becomes experiences an immediate flush, then it is likely he or she is a fast oxidizer.
b) Vitamin C Test: 8 grams of vitamin C is given in divided doses over a eight to twelve hour period. The fast oxidizer responds by feeling acidic and uncomfortable. It is important to note and notify the patient, however, that fast oxidizers may also experience other symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, or increased intestinal gas including flatulence and burping.
2. A computer generated test completed by the patient, can be used to evaluate oxidation status.
What Diet is Best for a Fast Oxidizer?
1. The fast oxidizer should always start the day with a good breakfast. The breakfast is usually best if it is high in protein meat, dairy or carbohydrates such as granola with mixed grains, nuts and seeds.
2. Generally root vegetables, cauliflower, corn, mushrooms and the squash family are most suitable to the needs of the fast oxidizer.
3. The fast oxidizer should avoid high carbohydrate fruits such as bananas. Apples on the other hand, have more pectin and fiber and hence work better. Melons should always be eaten alone because they tend to ferment easily in the stomach of the fast oxidizers.
4. The fast oxidizer should limit acidic foods. An excess of vitamin B will speed up carbohydrate metabolism and leaving the fast oxidizer hungry and often feeling upset. This is especially true of Vitamin B1, thiamin, if taken in excess will increase the problems of the fast oxidizer.
5. Vitamin C should always be taken as an ascorbate of calcium, magnesium or potassium. Vitamin C taken in the form of ascorbic acid, especially in large amounts can contribute to the acidity of the individual.
6. Vitamin combinations as a whole should be in the most alkaline form they can be in for the pure fast oxidizer.
7. Vitamin A is often needed by the fast oxidizer. The diet most commonly eaten by the fast oxidizer is distinctly low in vitamin A. The best form of vitamin A is the carotene form and not in any of the fish oil preparations.
8. Vitamin E, for its antioxidant properties, and lipotrophic such as biotin, inositol, and choline are important to emulsify and lower blood fat and cholesterol levels created by a high meat protein diet.
9. Calcium, zinc and magnesium, along with copper, manganese and phosphorous are also important to the fast oxidizer.
10. While the fast oxidizer usually makes adequate amounts of digestive enzymes and hydrochloride acid, if the diet is very high in protein additional digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid taken with supplements is often beneficial. Generally, as people grow older hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme production tend to be reduced. In some cases production may even fail. Therefore, it is essential that supplemental enzymes and hydrochloric acid be part of every individuals diet.
11. The ideal diet for the fast oxidizer is 30% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 30% fat.
12. As the fast oxidizer moves toward the mid oxidation position the qualities of the mid oxidizer take more control and the types of symptoms, reaction to food and make up of the diet change.
Lawrence, A. (2011). What Oxidation Type Are You? Retrieved on August 25, 2011, from www.yourpersonalwebmd.co