How Do I Know If I Can Tolerate Some Foods And Not Others?

Greetings, greetings. It’s Eric Bakker, naturopath. Thanks for checking out the video. We’re going to talk now about tolerability
of foods. A subscriber puts here, “How do I know I can
tolerate certain foods and not other foods? First of all, I’d like to thank you for what
you’re doing. I’ve been doing the MEVI diet now for a week,
and I really love cow’s milk. On your videos and your blog, you always say
if you can tolerate if you can eat or drink it … but I don’t understand what toleration
is, so could you specify that for me, what you mean by tolerability of foods? Thank you in advance.” Well, it’s quite easy, really. Try and think of foods like people, they’re
your friends, okay? But you’re not going to eat your friends,
but this is how I sort of see it. Now, you really, really like cow’s milk, so
try and look at different types of people or relationships you’ve got. Some people you’ll really like, some people
you will like a little bit, and some people you don’t like at all. Foods are like that too, however, in the case
of foods, when you really, really like something and you eat it and consume it all the time,
it can be a big tendency to cause a problem in your body, all right? Any close relationships with food or people
can cause friction and problems at different times of our life, especially foods, because
they challenge our immune system. People challenge us emotionally, but foods
challenge us on an immune level. Now you all know, you can know someone for
a long time. You can have a love/hate relationship with
that person. You know other people that you need to keep
away from, because they create problems in your life. Uncle Harry who gets drunk at Christmastime
or something like that, you’ll have someone like that, or someone who’s very inappropriate
around family. There will be foods that are like that too,
they create a big problem with you, or they have inappropriate reactions. So you’ve got to sort that out yourself to
know what you can eat and what you can’t eat, and what you can get away with. Tolerability is very simple. When you eat a food, you’re looking for things
like gas, or bloating, or tiredness, or headache, but if you’re eating that food every day,
you may be producing symptoms every day that you’re not even aware of until you stop that
food entirely. So here’s my suggest for you, my friend. I really love cow’s milk. I would challenge you to stop all dairy products
for four weeks. Butter, cheese, cream, milk, everything made
from the cow for a month, just stop it completely. Then what you do is you start one by one incorporating
those dairy foods back into your diet. We’ll soon find out if there’s a tolerability
issue or not, because if you start noticing bowel changes, bloating, gas, stuffiness in
the nose, mucus, all sorts of side effects from that food because of an immune reaction,
you’ll quickly pick that up within the first three to four days. That’s how you’re going to understand tolerability. Cow’s milk has got the highest allergy potential
of any known food that I know of, so it’s not really a great beverage to drink every
single day, in my opinion. Some people can get away with it, but that’s
only a minority. Most people have some type of issue with the
beta-casein, okay, with A1 component, a casein component called A1. They can really cause problems in many, many
people. Now you can get this milk called A2, where
they’ve made a modification, they’ve taken out a particular protein that doesn’t have
an allergy. But why the hell would you drink something
that they’ve modified so you can tolerate it again? You wouldn’t do that. So tolerability is any kind of reaction perceived
by you regarding that particular food or drink that you consume. It can be mild and subtle, it can be strong
and powerful. The best way to work it out is to stop it
completely for several weeks and then to incorporate it little bit by little bit back into the
diet. Why don’t you try almond milk instead, or
oat milk? You can get these nut milks or grain milks
now that are virtually sugar free that are high in protein, and many of them exist. There’s recipes for making cashew milk online,
and all sorts of nut milks. I think these are a lot better option than
cow’s milk, to be honest. So there you have it, toleration. It’s only going to work for you, or it’s not
going to work for you. But if you’ve got a symptom like constipation,
for example, or diarrhea, or bloating, and you’ve been drinking milk on and off for a
long time, you won’t know if the symptom improves unless you take that food out of your diet. I mention that in my book a lot as well. If you can tolerate basically means if you
can handle it on any kind of level, physical or emotional. Take it out first, and slowly bring it back
in after several weeks, and let’s see what happens. You give me some feedback on that. Thanks for the question.

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