Up to scratch
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I promised to report back on that diet-related itching problem I was having. It has been over a week and I do believe moderating my diet has helped.
It is hard to know exactly what has been successful though, because I was so extremely desperate to reach an end to the itching I tried several different things at once. A true scientific inquiry might have resulted in more specific results, but I think my approach meant quicker results, Which were more important to me. Things I tried to do to correct this problem included reducing the amount of fruit I eat each day and increasing the vegetable balance because I had read somewhere something that suggested that a less acidic diet might help this itching problem.
I also had read somewhere that shrinking fat cells release toxins that the fat has stored to protect your organs. Those toxins come from things like air pollution and also from toxins In animal-based foods like meat and dairy. The idea is that the animals ingested toxins in some way and then they pass them onto you in their flesh. So I reduced the amount of meat and dairy products that I've been eating substantially. The idea was that if my fat cells were releasing toxins then at least I wasn't adding more toxins to the mix through animal products that I might eat.
I also reduced the amount of wheat and sugar products I ate, because I've had problems with itching from them as well. I had already eliminated those and was still having problems so I don't think they were the cause of this most recent itching issue.
The result was a pretty restrictive diet for a while, but within a few days the itching started to diminish. Now I am starting to add foods back to see what might be causing the itching.
Flour and sugar are definitely an issue. I have been struggling with the pre-Christmas Sweets and special foods. As a result, some of that itchiness has come back.
I do really think that limiting my fruit consumption and my meat consumption has helped a lot. I do recall previous times when I've eaten a very heavy meal that I would also have this itching problem. That would point pretty well toward an acid issue because both fruit and meat are on the acid side when you're thinking about an acid-alkaline diet.
Has been exciting to have such quick results. And as much as I thought I would, I really haven't suffered much from the reduction in fruit or meat. I just substituted in more vegetables for the fruit and beans and legumes and nuts for meat.
I have read other people who are dieters and have had the similar itching experience. I really hope that my experiments will help others who are tormented by itching.