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Indigestion when I eat saturated fats

Answered on February 28, 2017
Created February 22, 2017 at 6:13 PM

I get indigestio when i eat saturated fats, seocficially coconuts. Also my skin has started to break out as I eat more coconuts and sat fat.

What is the cause? I thought saturated fat was good?

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 28, 2017
at 02:02 AM

Yeah 50g of carbs/day from starches you don't react to are perfectly fine and would count as small amounts.  People do react to lots of things, so if coconut isn't working for you, switch to something else.

It is antiviral and antimicrobial to some extent, so the "feeling bad" thing could just be a Herxheimer's reaction (when microbes die off, they release lots of toxins causing you to feel bad).

You could try very small amounts and see if you still react, then slowly work your way up.  But if even small amounts cause reactions, stay away from them.

One way to know for sure is to eat some dried coconut flakes - but careful the commercial baking stuff has bad stuff like PEG and other nasties - get a clean one that's just dried coconut and nothing else, and eat a bit.  If you react to it, likely you have a coconut allergy/food sensitivity and coconut isn't for you.

If it is the fat, then try other fats like ghee, or grassfed butter avocados (or oil), or even good old extra virgin olive oil.

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on February 27, 2017
at 10:21 PM

@Raydawg Why not just eat small amounts of carbs each day? I honestly dont think carbs are an issue for me. Grains and fructose defintiely but i dont have probelms with moderate amounts of glucose.

Also i think ive isoalted the chest disomfort just to coconut. I ate a genereous portion of coconut butter tonight and starting to get some soreness. I seem to have probably with added fats in general, fat in meat nuts, avocados doesnt effect me. Wholefoods approach is best it seems!

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on February 27, 2017
at 04:04 PM

Both fat and carbs can lead to fat storage, but there's one difference.  Fat doesn't signal insulin to as high a degree as do carbs.  When insulin is high, it signals storing of nutrients from the blood into fat (as well as muscle and liver cells).   You might want to look at a cyclical ketogenic diet.

You will feel bad the first few days upto a week or so when switching to a low carb diet, this is because your mitochondira aren't used to using ketones and fats as a fuel source if they haven't done so for many years.  You'll have to stick with it until you get passed the "low carb flu" stage.  You'll know you're in ketosis when your breath will smell of acetone.  After a while this will pass and you'll get a burst of energy - not like when you drink coffee, but much calmer.  You can help reach this stage quicker by using MCT oil, but note that consuming exogenous sources of ketones such as from MCT will lower burning fat since your body will preferentially use the exogenous (external) ketones first.

After you're in ketosis for about a week, you should at least have a single night of consuming lots of carbs, this should coincide with whatever day you work out the hardest.  Think of it as a refeed. see: John Kiefer's work on Carb Nite and Backloading (but avoid his dumb advice to eat gluten and other junk food): http://superherojacked.com/2015/05/27/superhuman-hormone-response-and-training-cyclical-ketogenic-diet-and-carb-reloading/

Then, go back to low carb the rest of the time (i.e. 50g/day of carbs or under).  This pattern seems to work best for fat loss.

If your mitochondria are messed up, you won't be able to burn fat no matter what you do and all that will happen is that you'll burn out and put greater stress on yourself.  This can happen for various reasons such as toxic chemical exposure (pesticides, artificial scents, grooming products, etc.) You can help things along by lifting heavy weights as this causes mitochondria to proliferate in muscle cells, you can also supplement with CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinol, and also with carnosine.

Lifting weights is beneficial because it also creates larger muscles which can be used to dispose of excess glucose, and this can prevent the fall into diabetes.  In terms of attempting to lose fat, you can try a few more things: work out fasted, do not eat a post workout meal for at least 2 hours, also do some HIIT style cardio (i.e. run or cycle at the fastest and hardest you can for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat 10x-15x).

see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC76CVQupI4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=245dlcsMYhI and Art De Vany's book https://www.amazon.com/New-Evolution-Diet-Paleolithic-Ancestors/dp/1609613767/

You'll need to ensure you get really good sleep and that you don't have any chronic stressors as well or you won't properly recover and being under stress is the most common cause of not being able to lose fat.  This can be work related, relationship related, even some low grade infection that you're not aware of, or even bad gut flora.

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on February 23, 2017
at 09:27 PM

@raydawg So no need for concern then? I've also been putting on weight, which im not sure is because of carbs or fats. This is why i am understanably concerned. When i eat low carb i feel terrible, when i eat low fat i also feel pretty shit. I'm struggling to find a balance.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 23, 2017
at 02:22 PM

You're not producing enough bile to process the amount of fats you are digesting.  Either you're eating too much too quickly, or there's a problem with bile production in your liver, or like me, you've had your gall bladder removed due to gall stones (a really stupid operation that's needlessly performed).

If you're trying to consume a lot of fats all at once, and your body isn't used to it, you'll get stretorrhea, also known as "disaster pants".  You'll also probably notice a pulsing kind of pain on your right side - this is a small muscle pushing on the gall bladder to release more bile that's needed to process the fat you're consuming.

You'll need to start slowly maybe with one teaspoon at first and gradually over a week to a few weeks work your way up to a full tablespoon or two per day.  This is true of all fats, not just coconut oil.

Now, if the issue is that you've had your gall bladder removed, your surgen probably didn't tell you that you should use fat digesting enzymes containing lipase in order to be able to consume fats.  Likely they just told you to eat a low fat diet instead - if they told you anything at all that is.  So what you'll need to do is to get Oxbile supplements or "Now Super Enzymes" and use those before any meal where you consume fats.

 

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