The chemical storm that made me wake up this morning wondering....
"what year is it?"
Last night my mom came into town and we both decided we wanted to eat some Pho.
If you aren't familiar with what that is, it's a healthier version of top ramen, but isn't top ramen, and is loaded with vegetables.
I’m pretty well seasoned with Pho and used to eat it weekly while living in D.C, but I missed a pretty critical question last night while ordering…..
“Do you add MSG?”
MSG is short for Monosodium Glutamate which is an absolute chemical STORM for your body. No one should consume it, but some are more sensitive than others when they ingest it.
I woke up with a foggy brain, puffy eyes and felt like I was hungover.
Most Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indian restaurants use this ingredient so always ask ahead of time. If they use it, leave.
Occasional bloat and water retention (like this) is normal once in awhile when you identify the culprit and you learn your lesson.
What isn’t normal is being in a constant bloat state. This term seems to be casually tossed around like, "it's just who I am.”
It's not who you are and it isn't normal. It's a health issue.
This means there is inflammation somewhere causing the water retention and skin inflammation which needs to be addressed.
A number of things can cause inflammation:
An intolerance or allergy to a food that you are unaware of (like MSG)
Toxin build up with nowhere to go but your fat cells
Eating the wrong foods like the wrong types of fats
Here are some temporary fixes to lessen the water retention and feel like yourself again:
Dandelion root tea
High quality vitamin C (I like Ester C)
Lemon juice and Apple Cider Vinegar
A high quality greens powder like Detox Organics or Athletic Greens
Drinking a gallon of water throughout the day
Not salting food the next day
Probiotics (you should be taking this daily)
Long term fixes for chronic inflammation and bloat:
High quality Detox program
Food intolerance testing (through a blood or skin test)
Lifestyle change (removing foods that aggregate you, more sleep, less stress)
Moral of this story?
Always ask for what you want. This doesn’t only apply for what you DON’T want, but always ask for your meals to be catered to your liking.
This is your body, and the restaurants are here to serve YOU. Never feel guilty for special orders or asking too many questions.
If you feel like you’re stuck with chronic inflammation please reach out. I do >free discovery sessions< to find out what may be causing it and how we can reverse it. You deserve to feel great every single day.