Mind Your Metabolism
So what does this mean for athletes? To gain a competitive edge and drive their bodies to operate at peak performance, athletes need to understand how their bodies metabolize and assimilate nutrients, and what kinds of residues various foods leave behind.
“It’s like the old saying goes: ‘One man’s food is another man’s poison,’” Kuhl said. “You don’t really know what your type is. You could be eating exactly wrong for balancing your pH.”
Kuhl cited an example of a weightlifter who came to her clinic for help. Though he ate a balanced, low-fat plant-based diet of complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, lean meat and poultry, he felt sluggish and sick and tended toward foggy thinking. When he changed his diet to one centered on meat and fat, he felt like a new man.
“He was very sick and his health was failing,” she said. “He ended up restoring his health by eating a diet that was primarily meat and fat, three times a day—and I’m talking red meat and fat, like coconut oil and saturated fat. He found that if he deviated too far from that, he noticed big changes in all aspects of his health, from digestion and mood to cognition.”
Protein and fat fueled his one-of-a-kind metabolism.
“I see this clinically all the time,” Kuhl said. “I’ve seen some people thrive on vegetarian diets, and others whose health goes down the toilet. According to the old school of alkaline eating, a vegetarian diet would be very alkaline, so therefore people should be balancing out their pH and feeling really good. But I just don’t see that happen in all people.”