Early one morning I decided to add a bit more greens to my Fibromyalgia Soup by incorporating some freshly cut collard greens and a bit of kale purchased at my neighborhood supermarket. It was on sale, after all, a mere 98 cents a bunch! Who could pass up such a bargain? I began preparations and eight hours later in the slow cooker I had some deliciously rich soup. But, something made me hesitate. I was prompted to take a brief taste to see if it warranted any adverse affects. Low and behold, after having only four tablespoons, I began to have that drugged-out , run-to-my-bed feeling.
Upon futher research I found some interesting tid bits concering kale. Now, do realize I only ingested a few spoonfuls and felt such dramatic effects. What would have happened if I ingested my entire soup bowl?
Side Effects of Kale
A side effect of juicing is intestinal discomfort symptoms. While following a juice diet, you may experience stomach cramps, gas and diarrhea. The ingredients used to make the kale juice can be blamed for these symptoms. The symptoms are related to the ingestion of sorbitol, a type of sugar found in juices that cannot be digested.
Hyperkalemia is a medical condition associated with high amounts of potassium in your blood. Hyperkalemia symptoms may include muscle weakness, fatigue, diarrhea and chest pain. If you are consuming too much kale through your juice diet and you are diagnosed with hyperkalemia, your doctor may recommend a low-potassium diet. Along with kale, other foods to avoid on a low-potassium diet include potatoes, oranges, orange juice, broccoli and spinach.
Too Much Iron
Although it is unlikely, rare cases can develop where you have too much iron in your body. If this is the case, your doctor could recommend reducing your iron intake and avoiding foods such as kale, other green leafy
vegetables, beans, nuts, dried fruits and whole grains. High iron levels in the blood cause symptoms such as headache, weight loss, fatigue, skin color changes and stomach upset.
-taken from Livestrong.com
Most of my side effects relate to the hyperkalemia information. They were abrupt and lasted for several long hours. After the fact, I dealt with miniscule repercussions for days. Isn't that the truth? Any adverse side effects, whether from medicinal sources or natural foods, can last for days. How fervently you are disabled depends on how much you swallow.
With this knowledge, do yourself a favor. Your body is a great indicator depicting what should be ingested and not ingested. Don't ignore these feelings when you begin to feel uneasy adding a new member to your diet. Listen to these inner challenges and try a few spoonfuls first. Wait several minutes to see if it prompts any adverse side effects. The least amount consumed could save you precious hours of your day! Larger amounts could put you under for days.