Knowing your oxidation rate is important information about your health. Your oxidation rate is simply how fast you burn food? Some people burn food very slowly, while others burn food very quickly. In either case, knowing this key piece of information can have a huge impact on matching you with the right detox diet recipe and your health.
People who burn food quickly are called fast oxidizers and people who burn food slowly are called slow oxidizers. Rapid oxidizers require more slow-burning foods, such as a diet with more high-quality high-quality fats and oils. Slow-burning foods work well with fast oxidizers, which maintain energy.
In contrast, slow oxidizers can eat more fast-burning foods such as grain products, but eat less high-quality fats and oils. Therefore, there is a huge difference between the two in terms of metabolic requirements.
If your diet doesn’t match your oxidation rate, then you’re not getting the right foods to match the rate at which your body burns food. This element, paired with a proper diet, is one of the main keys to good health.
Now that you know your oxidation rate is important, how do you find out what your oxidation rate is?
The key is your hair, although your hair is dead it is your storage place for all your macro minerals, trace minerals and toxic metals. These minerals and toxins are deposited in the hair over a period of 3 to 4 months as the hair grows. By properly examining your hair with a hair mineral test and the expertise of a lab, you can determine your oxidation rate. Once you know this important information, you can determine your exact diet for you (and only you). (See Analytical Research Laboratories)
No more guess work! For those of you who intuitively think that all foods don’t affect everyone the same, great, you’re right, these two oxidation rates are the reason. An example is if you are more prone to oxidation than many grains then fruit is not a good choice as grains and fruit burn quickly and rapid oxidation is not likely to provide sustained energy. Fast oxidizers always get hungry shortly after eating. I know people say that’s just how I am, I’m hungry an hour after eating because of poor eating.
Now in contrast, if a fast oxidizer eats a slow burning food like eggs, olive oil, butter or some nuts (for example) then there is a sustained energy build and the need to eat slows down. Slow oxidizers have the opposite effect, they need and can eat faster burning foods to maintain their energy levels.
So, to simplify this, there are people who like cars speeding down the highway and using up fuel very quickly. (rapid oxidizer) The other was a car driving slowly on a side street. (slow oxidizer)
If we take the analogy a step further, it’s like a car that needs unleaded, but you put in some diesel fuel and some unleaded. This is the wrong fuel! It will work, but it won’t be in top shape and will need repairs over time.
Now that the concepts of oxidation and diet have been explained, let’s talk about the detox diet. The buzzword “detox diet” is thrown around a lot, but unless you know your oxidation rate, you’re probably eating or eating the wrong foods all the time. A detox diet must match a person’s oxidation rate.
In this article, I show you example meal plans for slow oxidizers and fast oxidizers.
Slow oxidant breakfast:
2 eggs with spinach omelet in 1 teaspoon olive oil or butter
1 slice Ezekiel plain bread
1/4 cup blueberries
Rapid Oxidant Breakfast:
2 eggs with spinach omelet in 3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
2 links Organic Turkey Sausage
1 celery stalk with almond butter
In this example, slow oxidation breakfasts included much less fat and oil in their meals, and allowed high-quality cereal products and a small amount of fruit. Slow oxidizers burn food slowly and maintain energy throughout the morning.
In contrast, fast oxidizers needed more olive oil or butter in their diets, and more fats and oils from almonds
Butter and turkey sausage. This combination of foods burns slowly to produce fast oxidants and keeps the person energized throughout the morning.
Slow oxidant lunch:
4 ounces grilled chicken breast, very light butter and garlic
1 cup steamed carrots with 1 teaspoon butter and sea salt
1/2 cup brown rice
Rapid oxidizer lunch:
4 ounces grilled chicken thighs, lightly seasoned with butter and garlic
1 cup steamed carrots with 3 tablespoons butter and sea salt
In this example, you can again see that the slow oxidizer contains less fat and oil than the fast oxidizer.
Both contain protein and vegetables. Slow has grains (brown rice) and fast has more fats and oils.
(dark meat chicken, butter, and pecans) Slow chicken breasts have much less fat.
Slow oxidant dinner:
4 oz halibut grilled with garlic and a dash of lemon
cranberry beets, drizzle of olive oil
Sweet Potato Original
Rapid oxidizer dinner:
4 oz flounder with butter and garlic
Swiss Chard with Almonds, Butter, and Olive Oil
Sweet Potatoes with 3 Tbsp Butter
Again we see that slow oxidizers can have lemon flounder and slow oxidizers can have cranberries and regular sweet potatoes. The fasted halibut with butter had more fat, and the fasted sweet potatoes had more butter and more fat in the almonds.
These recipes are examples of differentiating the oxidation rates of slow and fast people. Without knowing how quickly your body burns food, all the detox diets in the world have little or no positive effects and can even be harmful.
For example, the popular lemon detox diet is not a good choice for fast oxidizers because their oxidation rate requires slower food burning. Lemon is a fruit and therefore burns very quickly and should be avoided with this detox regimen.
Pairing your body with the right detox diet along with the right supplements and lifestyle changes is much healthier in the long run than fad diets or fad liquid berry drinks. Not only can you detox properly and safely, but eating right can also have great results in losing and gaining weight. It’s easy, know your oxidation rate!
I want to quickly mention that, as a rule of thumb, avoid foods that have certain things added or removed. The highest quality foods are those in their natural state, just like your great-grandmother used to eat.