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omega 6 overlaod

Commented on March 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Having a bit of an orthorexic emergency here...

What happens in the short term if you get too much omega 6 in one sitting and your body is used to carefully managed PUFA's? Is there anything really effective you can do about it (short term)?

Background: I'm not obsessive (lying) but I do aim to keep my overall PUFA pretty low (generally well under 10 grams) and do my best to keep my n6:n3 ratio below 4, often managing below 2.

Never ever go to Denny's if you decide to eat out and try to Paleoize your meal. I asked them what they typically fried their foods in, they said "margarine" with a "we're one step ahead of you, health concerned patron" look on their face. It turns out they don't even HAVE butter but offered "vegetable oil" as a possible alternative. I said no, and ordered my food anyway as paleo as could be. I estimate just about 16 grams of omega 6 in my breakfast. My head feels pressurized and slightly painful, my skin was flushing red for a while, I feel a little dry and generally irritable and icky.

IS IT IN MY HEAD? AM I IMAGINING THIS?

What real short-term effects could it have? What can you do about it? I took an 800 mg mega-dose of vitamin E and a moderate double-dose of fish oil (about 2 grams omega 3)... I usually just eat sardines and stuff but this is an orthorexic emergency!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 19, 2014
at 12:03 AM

No, he won't. He's doomed. He's gonna die... in about 50 more years, maybe more.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 19, 2014
at 12:03 AM

No, he must say a 8 prayers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster's noodly appendages, instead.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

(720)

on March 18, 2014
at 08:41 PM

and probably a reason to stick closer to "basic paleo"

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(624)

on March 18, 2014
at 08:16 PM

I'm starting to think I am particularly sensitive. It seems like minimizing omega6 and other inflammation sources was the best thing paleo ever did for me. The rest is just icing on the cake. Oh, and for some reason cake just has zero appeal to me any more. THAT is weird.

0f8f77156cd0667d43194fc4b8bc3b5d

on March 16, 2014
at 01:07 AM

Are you gluten sensitive? If so, with those symptoms, could it be you were "glutinated"? (Chuckles at imagining Paleo success at Denny's).

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on March 15, 2014
at 09:53 PM

I figure I can make up for it. That's why I was so specific about "short term" implications...

It's weird though, right now I can smell the distinct scent of rancid PUFA's, like someone is frying something in soy bean oil under high heat near me. Sought out the source but for not... I think it's coming from within!

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 19, 2014
at 12:03 AM

<evil laugh>Just to scare you into not doing it again, muahhahahahha!

http://openheart.bmj.com/content/1/1/e000032.full

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on March 18, 2014
at 01:35 PM

Hahahaha! Dude, chill man....you'll live, I promise :) In all seriousness though, you should really take it easy, the stress probably did you more harm than anything else......talk about first world problems lol.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 19, 2014
at 12:03 AM

No, he won't. He's doomed. He's gonna die... in about 50 more years, maybe more.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 18, 2014
at 09:25 AM

While the limit of ingesting food is much, much, higher than the limit for digesting and absorbing a food, and some damage was done, just learn from your lesson and don't do it again.

Once you outdo your ability to produce bile, the worst case is you chugged some corn or soy oil and got disaster pants. :)

So you're nowhere near that level of problem. 6 grams, one day out of however many in your life is just a drop in the bucket. Relax. Eat more grassfed butter today. Eat more wild caught fish tonight.

And next time don't eat at a shitty restaurant. You're possibly not imagining the symptoms if you're very sensitive, but you won't know for sure unless you do a double blind test - it could well be both your body and your brain feel the damage, but it's just as likely from the other shit that was in that food.

Maybe artificial flavors or preservatives, or cross contamination from the guy making french toast on the same grill.

Next time, don't allow peer pressure into taking you there, or if you're there, just have a coffee. Fuck being sociable - make some paleo friends and hang out with them instead. Or plan ahead and you control the venue to one you've vetted out ahead of time.

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(624)

on March 18, 2014
at 08:16 PM

I'm starting to think I am particularly sensitive. It seems like minimizing omega6 and other inflammation sources was the best thing paleo ever did for me. The rest is just icing on the cake. Oh, and for some reason cake just has zero appeal to me any more. THAT is weird.

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F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 16, 2014
at 04:27 AM

Do a 7 Minute Workout, eat a grassfed ribeye with root veggies and get good night sleep.

Oh, and before bed ..... 5 Our Father's & 10 Hail Mary's ...and stay out of Denny's!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 19, 2014
at 12:03 AM

No, he must say a 8 prayers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster's noodly appendages, instead.

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on March 16, 2014
at 01:47 AM

Psychosomatic. Get over it. And go back to Denny's tonight after drinking a few too many.

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on March 15, 2014
at 08:50 PM

The best thing you can do is continue to eat healthy, and forget about the little slip-up. Mental anxiety can only make things worse. Was what you ate at Denny's ideal? No. Will is do considerable damage to you? No. The human body is a very adaptable little machine, you'll be fine.

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on March 15, 2014
at 09:53 PM

I figure I can make up for it. That's why I was so specific about "short term" implications...

It's weird though, right now I can smell the distinct scent of rancid PUFA's, like someone is frying something in soy bean oil under high heat near me. Sought out the source but for not... I think it's coming from within!

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