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Increased sensitivity to Fructose and Alcohol

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Been paleo (with dairy) for about 8 months now. I used to exist on everything we have come to avoid; Grains, fruit, candy, beer, low fat, no fat, you name it. Now, if I consume anything more than a drink or two (whiskey or red wine) I get sick and wake up repeatedly throughout the night (almost like clockwork @ 230 am)

Also, last evening I treated myself to 3 figs, a half dark chocolate bar and 2 dates, which by my standards now is a ton of sugar, but based on a year ago, an amount of sugar I would easily consume during most meals or even a snack. Last night I had heartburn, couldn't sleep, and felt absolutely sour.

Does eating this way increase our sensitivity to things like this? Anyone else have these reactions?

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on May 31, 2011
at 02:45 AM

The less you drink the more sensitive you'll be to alcohol, paleo or not

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on January 23, 2011
at 04:48 PM

i'm with you here! a bit upsetting because i do like to have a glass of wine now and then...

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on November 16, 2010
at 03:44 PM

Right? After the few figs and dates, I could feel my heart rate picking up. I still noticed it while laying in bed 3 hours later. My resting heart rate is around 38-40 normally. It felt like it was double that until I finally fell asleep

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on November 16, 2010
at 02:53 AM

Same here. In addition it seems like any amount of fruit causes me to break out like crazy.

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on November 16, 2010
at 12:58 AM

Right on. But it may not be the alcohol as much as what you are eating along with it. Some foods might enable slower or faster metabolism of alcohol, and if you change foods you change the interaction. All I'm saying is that there are so many factors here to consider including the interactions, that anecdotes become more confusing than helpful.

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on November 15, 2010
at 09:34 PM

I appreciate your input, but I've always been very aware of what I eat. When I used to drink alcohol, I would sleep like a rock. Now, I wake up everytime (3 drinks or more) between 2-230am and cannot go back to sleep because of how wretched I feel. Very weird

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on November 15, 2010
at 08:21 PM

Identical issue. Fructose and alcohol. 1 glass and I'm fine, more than 3= unhappy

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on November 15, 2010
at 07:18 PM

Very helpful links as well, Amanda. Thank you

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on November 15, 2010
at 07:11 PM

This is very similar to what happens to me. Stuffed up sinuses, or runny nose almost every time. Sugar and or alcohol

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on November 15, 2010
at 06:40 PM

My alcohol tolerance has never been great, but since the switch to Paleo, I get REALLY ill if I have a little too much-- so much so that I'm wrecked the entire next day. And too much is like 4 drinks for me-- not even THAT much. So... I need to keep myself to a 2 drink max if I go there again.

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25ed4acfb632d928507f8673bcb0923a

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on November 15, 2010
at 08:00 PM

While you may have increased sensitivity after the you changed your diet, you really can't rule out other factors.

For example, eating a new diet heightens awareness of eating and health in general. So let's say that you had heartburn on other pre-Paleo occassions, but now you happen to have really noticed the heartburn post-switch.

Also, chocolate contains stimulants - theobromine and caffeine. A half a bar would certainly keep me awake for hours.

I'm not saying that you are not more sensitive now, but I think the mental (selective attention) effects of diet changes are very much underestimated and without having a good baseline and an ABA design, you just don't know.

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on November 16, 2010
at 12:58 AM

Right on. But it may not be the alcohol as much as what you are eating along with it. Some foods might enable slower or faster metabolism of alcohol, and if you change foods you change the interaction. All I'm saying is that there are so many factors here to consider including the interactions, that anecdotes become more confusing than helpful.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on November 15, 2010
at 09:34 PM

I appreciate your input, but I've always been very aware of what I eat. When I used to drink alcohol, I would sleep like a rock. Now, I wake up everytime (3 drinks or more) between 2-230am and cannot go back to sleep because of how wretched I feel. Very weird

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on November 15, 2010
at 06:46 PM

Not sure if you've seen them, but you might be interested in this and this past question.

I am definitely more sensitive to alcohol and fructose/other sugar and get a headache even thinking about some of the things I used to eat/drink all of the time. I really notice the inflammation now--clogged sinuses, bags under my eyes, popping knees, aching ankles after drinking or sugar in addition to the acute nausea or headrush or whatever. (In fact I am writing this while I lay on the couch, exhausted from being up all night with a headache and sore stomach because I had ONE weak drink last night, whereas in the past I could of had five or six stronger ones and only felt mildly uncomfortable in the morning.)

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on November 15, 2010
at 07:11 PM

This is very similar to what happens to me. Stuffed up sinuses, or runny nose almost every time. Sugar and or alcohol

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on November 15, 2010
at 07:18 PM

Very helpful links as well, Amanda. Thank you

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on December 05, 2012
at 02:05 AM

I've been following a paleo diet for the last few years and have extreme sensitivity to alcohol now. Red wine seems to be the only type of alcohol I can drink without getting seriously ill. Same issues as above, on nights I overindulge (this being two weak cocktails) I'll have insomnia and have hangover symptoms for two days. It's at the point where I've even considered giving up alcohol because I hate the after effects. I love a great cocktail, but looks like red wine is my only safe bet. Must be the spike in insulin to my blood and the fact that I'm 31. Body can't process it like it used to I guess.

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on May 31, 2011
at 02:15 AM

From age 16-20 I drank alcohol and enjoyed it. Age 21, alcohol makes me extremely nervous. Went paleo age 22, hasn't changed the nervousness alcohol creates. At the same time alcohol makes me nervous, stimulants relax me. I don't hear this happening to anyone else in the world, but it picked me.

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on November 16, 2010
at 04:32 PM

You don't say what time of day you are consuming the alcohol. If you haven't already tried it, drink before dinner at the cocktail hour (5-6pm). If I drink after dinner, I wake up at 3:30 or 4am. A cocktail before dinner and maybe a glass of wine with dinner...and I'm fine. I do eat dinner early (6pm) most days.

You could certainly be more sensitive to sugar, so don't eat the higher glucose foods near bedtime or after dinner (the figs and dates).

My goal is to stop consuming calories at about 7pm, and I go to bed at 10pm. If I stick to that, I have no problems at all. I can push on the edges a bit and still be OK. Push it too far and I'm waking up at 4am.

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on November 15, 2010
at 11:49 PM

I have the same experience exactly. Whether it truly is the body reacting more to these things, or its just our mind thinking you must feel worse physically i dont know. But, i suppose it doesnt matter. If you feel worse, you feel worse. end of story. But, anyway, yes i find i get drunk quicker with a worse hangover now, and when i eat sugar i feel the energy spike (not a bad thing IMO but i do indeed feel it.)

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on November 16, 2010
at 03:44 PM

Right? After the few figs and dates, I could feel my heart rate picking up. I still noticed it while laying in bed 3 hours later. My resting heart rate is around 38-40 normally. It felt like it was double that until I finally fell asleep

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on November 15, 2010
at 08:19 PM

I think alcohol tolerance can go down on the paleo diet because with less starch, it digests quicker.

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