Retinoid Toxicity & Golden Berries, Peruvian ground cherries.
It wasn't just the xanthum gum from two days ago causing flu-like body pain today. I had felt better yesterday until later in the day. Today’s body aches felt like the fibromyalgia-like peach incident. (Post “My everything hurts”, Substack)
What did I eat yesterday? Oh, yes, three Golden Berries. Which turn out to be a good source of vitamin A (and C and kaempferol - super food, dried fruit, VERY tangy, a few are plenty).
Addition - upon arriving home from brief errands, I hungrily got out leftovers from last night and realized that a generous serving of broccoli would also have added to my carotenoid excess yesterday. I took the broccoli back out of my bowl and ate the bean and rice and parsnips today. When you are hungry it can be more difficult to keep varied health needs in mind.
It is getting a little tedious/ridiculous at this point - is the food high in oxalate? TRP activators? histamine or histamine promoting? vitamin A and carotenoids? a food with lectins that I particularly do not tolerate well? Salicylates? And then there is the glyphosate and other food additive concerns like zanthum gum, other strong emulsifiers, preservatives, pesticides, stuff like potassium bromide considered “GRAS” Generally Recognized as Safe (but isn’t).
More positively - it is having improved so much that allows me to be able to notice when my new norm of not being chronically inflamed is disrupted by some change in my routine. Sticking with fairly familiar things allows a new thing to stand out if it is going to cause problems, or if it seems to improve something. When chronic inflammation is more severe than many things will all need to be changed before a new baseline of ‘not inflamed' is achieved. — It was my success at working through the lengthy list of problems that let me get healthy enough to notice that 1/4 of a fresh peach or a generous serving of a deep green veggie plus 3 Golden Berries is enough to leave me feeling like I have the flu the next day (and likely tomorrow will be a slow day for me too.)
I keep talking about Retinoid Toxicity because the medical community isn't AND if it is an underlying problem in your health, then you will never truly get better on any “treatment” besides extremely strict removal of vitamin A and carotenoids from your diet, supplements, and other medications or cosmetic products.
I had three tiny dried fruit yesterday and feel slightly like I have flu-like body pain in my legs, arms, etc. I didn't exercise yesterday either, no digging or wheel barrowing involved.
Vitamin A and D are more hormone than “vitamin” and need to be treated with great respect and thorough understanding.
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