Water is essential to life and we must consume it to stay healthy, but when ingested in excess, it is known to be deadly. This was driven home when dizziness and malaise involuntarily put me to rest. At times my legs were too heavy and tired to walk, while my arms felt like they were being pulled out of their joints. My only respite was to do more in the garden with frequent brakes.
During the cold winter months, it’s natural to turn to good green leafy vegetables and the often-touted superfoods. It was with great pride and joy that my patch carries them in abundance. Bok choy that grows so fast you can pick leaves every day while it thrives. Kale, which never seems difficult to grow, and spinach, which is my favorite.
Around the start of winter, they became my nightly staple. Knowing the benefits they offer with their abundance of essential elements and vitamins, they were ready to eat after a brief burst of heat in the microwave.
After the evening meal it is a blessing to spoil my stomach with yoghurt and blueberries. Tasty and Moorish, even the cats stand in front to lick the plate. Almonds are another staple food recommended by nutritionists for a healthy gut.
So with all this goodness in me, why is my body failing me? Tired aching muscles, feelings of nausea, and then the dizziness that often sent me spinning to a chair.
Doctors, naturopaths, PT trainers, and others all suggested different causes. Everything from stones in the ears to a damaged shoulder was suggested, but nothing seemed to fit.
As a spiritual person, it’s normal for me to ask the Holy Spirit for answers, and they came thick and fast. It hit me as I watched the bok choy waving its beautiful leaves amidst the other great foods. What is it about these vegetables that could make me sick?
It was like being intoxicated, where my brain would go cloudy and then my body would feel shaky. The riddle was soon solved on the Internet.
While bok choy, kale, spinach, etc. are superfoods with components that block cancer growth and even prevent diabetes, they contain high amounts of potassium. The symptoms of too much of this element match mine exactly. Lethargy, nausea and dizziness are among them. Almond milk and nuts are also full of it, as are milk and other staple foods, including eggs.
The danger of excess potassium leads to heart attacks and other things. The lesson that eating too much good, healthy food can actually kill you has been learned. The Great Spirit has once again protected me like all who are spiritual. All you have to do is ask it for answers as a friend, and it rarely lets you down.
Thanks to Norma Holt