There is a health boom in Nigeria! Everybody wants to eat healthy. But have you wondered why the more you try and eat healthy and consume more and more fruits, somehow your stomach gets bigger and you get fatter? That’s because you may be fructose intolerant or have fructose malabsorption. This means you cannot digest the sugar in the fruits which is called fructose. Fructose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) found in most fruits such as watermelons, mangoes, oranges, pineapples. Nowadays, fructose is present in large quantities in artificial sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup, which is a major constituent in soda, fruit drinks, cookies and cereals. It also constitutes 50% of sucrose, which is the normal table sugar.
Fructose intolerance typically presents with gastrointestinal symptoms such as
• Nausea and vomiting usually of undigested food particles
• Bloating, which is a feeling of fullness as a result of excessive gas in the stomach
• Increased Flatulence
• Abdominal pain and discomfort, which is usually on and off and occasionally severe
• Diarrhea: usually bulky and foul smelling, as a results of poor nutrient absorption
• Chronic fatigue from lack of sleep due to reduced melatonin, a hormone necessary for sleep.
• Joint pains or worsening arthritis: this is due to release of inflammatory messengers known as cytokines
• Malabsorption of certain nutrients such as iron. Iron is absorbed in the intestine and needed for production of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the different organs in the body. A deficiency of this nutrient will lead to low blood levels and poor oxygenation of the various organs.
Complications of fructose intolerance include fatty liver leading to liver failure, insulin resistance and diabetes, increased hunger and weight gain and uric acid deposit leading to gout.
Bioenergetic testing at MartLife Detox Clinic will detect whether you are fructose intolerant and which fruits you can safely eat and those to stay away from. Undergoing a detoxification program can also help clear up the toxic build up in the body due to wrong and overconsumption of fruits.