Alkaloid Poisoning: Can Eating Too Much Greens Make You Sick?
– by Rachelle Fordyce
Hi there, lovely green-smoothie slurping and salad eating heroes and heroines!
We recently received a question and thought we’d share it with you here on the blog.
Here’s the question:
“I’ve read about having to switch up greens or you can get very sick but they never say how you know if you’ve have too much a green or how you’re supposed to change them in your diet. What are the symptoms? How do you know when you’ve had too many of one type of green?”
Since the Boutenko family is made up of the original Green Smoothie Heroes and Heroines themselves – and who have done more body experiments than most people we know – we thought we’d ask them!
Here’s what the lovely Valya Boutenko had to say in response…!
What Happens When You Eat Too Many Greens?
Alkaloid poisinig may result from consuming too much of a specific type of green.
Alkaloid poisoning is quite difficult to achieve.
To give you an idea of what it takes to manifest it, one man I knew had a bunch of overgrown buckwheat sprouts that needed to be used up, so he juiced 7 large flats of densely planted sprouts and drank 2 gallons of that juice.
Needless to say he had all of the symptoms, but was totally fine the next day.
Symptoms of Alkaloid Poisoning
The symptoms of alkaloid poisoning vary depending on the type of greens consumed.
Common signs are quite mild:
- No desire to eat that particular type of green
- Tingling in the finger tips
- Spaciness (with too much kale, low iron, and tiredness).
How to Avoid Alkaloid Poisoning
Alkaloid poisoning is not dangerous, and is easy to avoid by simply rotating at least 7 different types of greens a week.
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…So there you have it!
Just remember to rotate your greens, and you’ll be fabulous and fine! But even if you don’t, the effects of alkaloid poisoning seem to be pretty mild, so I think it’s safe to say you’ll be okay either way!
We hope you find this information helpful and useful. (Thanks, Valya!)