Fruit overload and your tummy; too much of a good thing!

Strawberries

Ahhh sum­mer! It’s finally here and what it brings are fresh fruits and veg­gies, what we need and crave for good health, and for good reas­on! However, there is always too much of a good thing…and while fruit provides a mul­ti­tude of vit­am­ins such as C, mag­nesi­um, folate, potassi­um, and fibre for great digest­ive health, we can’t for­get that fruit itself, is well, sug­ar! Nature’s dessert :)


Strawberries

The good ol’ Canada Food Guide insists that we need 5 servings of fruit and veg­gies, but in the sum­mer I do notice that we tend to all eat closer to 5 servings of fruit with 1 – 2 veg­gies, and we end up with symp­toms of fruit over­load! Not sure what those symp­toms might be?

Physical Symptoms of Fruit Overload

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Canker sores
  • Peeling skin at the fin­ger­nails
  • Sore tongue
  • Acid reflux
  • Eczema
  • Rashes
  • Bad breath
  • Imbalanced intest­in­al bac­teria con­trib­ut­ing to vagin­al yeast infec­tions (chron­ic or acute)
  • Swelling of the lower legs or the body in gen­er­al
  • Sugar crav­ings

Traditional Chinese Medicine attrib­utes the above phys­ic­al symp­toms with intern­al damp­ness, mean­ing that these raw, wet, sug­ar-laden foods cre­ate a heav­i­ness in the body that with the heat of sum­mer can lead to some of the phys­ic­al symp­toms or con­di­tions I lis­ted above.

Making the most of fresh fruit this summer

A few simple tips to keep your body enjoy­ing the fruit and not want­ing to run away from it!

  1. Stick to 3 servings of fresh fruit max­im­um.
  2. When choos­ing fruit, try to keep in mind that each fruit has its own prop­er­ties that may be bet­ter or worse for your body. Lemons in lem­on­ade, while very refresh­ing, are very acid­ic, and water­mel­on, while also full of water and hydrat­ing, has the highest impact on rais­ing our blood sug­ar (it is the highest value on the gly­cem­ic index, the rat­ing sys­tem for food and the abil­ity to raise our blood sug­ar). Choosing a bal­anced per­spect­ive of which fruit does what might help to bal­ance out what you are eat­ing. Not sure which fruit is most bene­fi­cial for you per­son­ally?
  3. Pair your fruit with foods that are warm­ing foods, like ginger and cin­na­mon, that help to “heat” the body up from the inside out, and will coun­ter­bal­ance the cool, damp aspects of the fruit you are eat­ing.
  4. Be sure to con­tin­ue to eat your good fats, pro­teins, and veg­gies. Sometimes too many raw foods in the sum­mer are hard for some tum­mies to digest. Asparagus is a fab­ulous veget­able that can be grilled along­side your meals this sea­son as an example that will pair well with your choice of fruit as dessert.
  5. Stick loc­al and organ­ic as much as pos­sible. Supporting our loc­al eco­nomy is import­ant, and pesti­cide-free makes sure you are not ingest­ing oth­er­wise excel­lent fruit that could be caus­ing many neg­at­ive effects in your body. Click on this resource for more inform­a­tion regard­ing pesti­cides and food.

Permanent Fruit Troubles?

There are some lucky people that have a con­di­tion known as fructose intol­er­ance, who can­not digest many fruit because it con­tains a lot of the sug­ar fructose, which they can­not break down. If you think you might be that per­son, you can be tested!

Thoughts? Think I’m a fruit-hater? I’d love to hear your com­ments below :)

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