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by 129 · February 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Was feeling flu type symptoms, went to see my doctor and turns out I contracted to H1N1 flu virus. I hear all these stories about people having life threatening issues from this strain. I'm a 28 yr old male who eats strict paleo, regular... (more)

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sherlynloomis 0 · February 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

H1N1 flu is also known as swine flu. It's called swine flu. While swine flu isn't as scary as it seemed a few years ago, it's still important to protect yourself from getting it. Swine flu is contagious, and it spreads in the same way as the... (more)

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by 30 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Hi All, I'm looking for some advice on the dreaded "paleo flu". I started paleo on July 7. I felt fantastic the first week! I'm in love with this lifestyle!! During the middle of the second week I lost all energy and the ability to focus on... (more)

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BGottfried 0 · July 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

JStanton of Gnolls.org has an excellent post on the Low Carb flu, explaining WHY it happens and what may help with it: http://www.gnolls.org/1984/ Looking at his recommendations vs your situation, it looks like you're naturally gravitating... (more)

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by 1169 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

2 weeks ago I gave up fruit / my after lunch 500 calories of hot chocolate and chocolate. Before that I worked myself to 3 regular meals a day (and I have a small baked potato at night which helps my mood/seratonin levels). This felt brilliant and... (more)

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August 0 · June 08, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Well, it could be low-carb flu, but it also could be the calorie restriction in general. 7lbs a month is a lot to aim for. 4lbs per month would give you a little room to eat a little more. You should be able to tell how much carbohydrates matter... (more)

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by 518 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Hi, I have managed to the the flu off my little darlings I teach. I don't like taking any synthetic drugs but was wondering if anyone had some paelo friendly remedies they use. Thanks in advance.

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CoconutBliss 0 · May 06, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Some high grade manuka honey is a gem to have in the medicine cabinet. A teaspoon in the morning may help relieve some symptoms and kill off bacteria. Love me a warm cup of freshly sqeezed lemon, ginger and honey as well on those mornings when... (more)

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by 2407 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Ate ZC for five months last year. Felt great but as anyone who works out knows, carbs fuel power and fat burning too. Leangains since then. I eat ZC rest days and 2-300g carbs as taters post workout. Plenty of meat and fat. I eat 2x per day,... (more)

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andrea_15 0 · April 22, 2013 at 2:15 AM

I think you have answered your own question. You say you feel like shit when you don't eat any carbs. I think we need to listen to our bodies true signals some times. Maybe your body is telling you, you need some carbs. Try having 20g a day on... (more)

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by 1005 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I was feeling really tired yesterday afternoon, my throat is not necesseraly sore, but feels like it's about to get that way, and my muscles are sore even though I haven't been exercising. Could it be the flu?

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I've constantly been having flu-like symptoms, like fatigue and headaches for about a year now. I cut out gluten from my diet 2 years ago, but I still eat glutenfree grains. Can those also cause those kinds of symptoms? If someone has a problem... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · April 03, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Elimination diet. Just eliminate them and see what effect it has.

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by 777 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Its been a late winter here in the UK, it should be spring but its snowing, i haven't had a cold for years but this weekend i've been struck with the nastiest one ive ever had I can barely move so number one is staying in bed as my body is... (more)

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RK 0 · March 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Vitamin D mega dose. I can't remember the exact number, but it works for us every time.

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by 389 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Came across this website last week, bought the ingredients and put it together. VERY strong stuff to take on a shot, but it works. I have heard people call this "fire tonic" or something along those lines. Apparently you are supposed to let it... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Nope. Sounds disgusting! Looks like overkill to me. I take 40,000 IUs of D3 at the first glimmer of a virus and haven't been sick in over 3 years.

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by 268 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I need to know a brand thats 100% gluten free, dairy free and soy free. Yep I have had the flu for a week now and just cant stop coughing and sometimes my lungs feel heavy! I don't think my doctors ever check what allergens are in my meds so I... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · January 20, 2013 at 7:11 AM

40,000 IUs of D3 per day for 2-3 days will give your immune system a boost. Getting your D3 blood level tested & sunning/supplementing to a blood level of 60-80 ng/ml will help you avoid the flu in the future. More info at... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I have noticed that I never ever get sick if I follow 100% strict Paleo. The only time I get sick is when I add a few things I should not, i.e. a bottomless serving of ice cream (sigh), cheese, chocolate, whatever. Yes, I am just a human. But if... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · January 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Do you think that humans in the paleolithic never got sick? They were eating 100% paleo by definition, but people still got sick and died. Paleo is not a panacea for infectious disease, although it does seem to help the immune system. Paleo is... (more)

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by 30 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

So, I got sick, it happened. What is the best way eating Paleo when you're sick with the cold or flu? Should you limit carbs, go high protein/high fat/no carbs... What is best if you're going to be inactive? I regularly CrossFit 5-6 times/week,... (more)

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Kashkillz 0 · January 15, 2013 at 1:52 PM

The only aspect where I would eschew Paleo principles is when it comes to medicine. The human brain is a magnificently complex and capable gift from nature. The inventions that arise from our thought processes are further gifts from nature. Don't... (more)

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by 1600 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

It is day four into this flu from hell. Without thinking I drank some kefir this morning. Not really sure how my body will react if at all. Any thoughts?

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Dragonfly 0 · January 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Sure why not? Probiotics will only help. Try upping your vitamin D to 40,000 IUs for a few days and you may recover faster.

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by 35 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I got some sort of virus three days ago. I feel good when I wake up, but I feel like crap again every night before going to bed. (Although I do feel less crappy than the night before). What can I do combat this cold as quickly as possible? How... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · December 21, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Chicken soup. .

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by 2029 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Yesterday I found out that I am pregnant! I'm a little over four weeks along (going by last menstrual cycle), and the real kicker for making me think I was was the fact that I woke up feeling like I was coming down with the cold or flu. Headache,... (more)

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Liz_2 0 · December 09, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Congratulations! It's easy to get sick in the first and third trimesters because your body is in an inflammatory state. Your immune system is busy right now making sure the embryo attaches to your vessels (which also creates a wound) to get the... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I've been eating Paleo for almost 2 weeks now and I have been feeling the following symptoms for the last week or so: -light headed -depressed -low energy -nervous/jittery I have tried increasing my salt intake, am even taking magnesium before... (more)

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CD 0 · November 28, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Sounds like the symptoms I had for the entire first three weeks of my transition. WRT Increased salt -- What kind of salt are you eating? If it's sea salt or kosher salt then you could still have an iodine deficiency. WRT nervous/jittery --... (more)

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by 504 · September 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I recently caught the flu, and i was wondering if it results in the loss of lean mass, because it is hard to eat, and i dont have an appetite, any suggestions are much appreciated

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crightfunnylol 0 · October 04, 2012 at 12:33 AM

if you cant eat your calories, drink em lol

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by 499 · September 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I've been completely primal for about a month now. Over the weekend I went out on a road trip with some friends and that evening I had a huge meal of bread. The next day I woke up an extremely sore throat, stuffy nose, messed up sinus and extreme... (more)

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dstnyb 0 · September 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I rely on home-brewed chicken broth to bring me back after episodes such as these. Honestly, I can't emphasize enough how much I love broth, how much it sustains me, and how much it heals me when I consume foods that are not kind to my system. It... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I am a 21 yo female 5'4 170 lbs. I have been doing paleo for 2 mos and have lost 15 lbs. I eat on the verly low carb side of paleo..I eat mostly protein and veggies. I do 2 24 hr intermittenet fasts weekly. A typical day for me looks like... (more)

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PhysiqueRescue 0 · September 07, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Two 24 hour fasts a week are very stressful on the body. There is also a lot more research coming out about women and intermittant fasting, here's something to get you started. I would look into possibly something along the lines of a lean gains... (more)

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by 85 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Have. Been paleo for about 5 months, before lapsing for a month. Have returned to paleo lifestyle, as of today. Will I experience the low carb flu again? If so will it be as intense as the first time? Had it for about 7 days the first time....... (more)

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vaalion 0 · August 13, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Ever since getting it the first time I never had it again, and no where near as intense if I did. Though I never FULLY relapsed for longs period of time. For example I had a few weeks on vacation with 1-2 "cheat" meals a day (grain like... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I have heard of and experienced carb flu when making the switch to a fat-burning engine, but what is confusing me is this: I stay in keto pretty much all the time, but when I slip out of it, I seem to get a low mood and enervation lasting a few... (more)

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Chinaeskimo 0 · July 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Your body likes being in ketosis. Listen to your body.

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by 85 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Hey everyone, I started my Paleo journey about 2 weeks ago and I am smack in the middle of the carb flu with all the classic symptoms ( low energy, terrible sleep, night sweats, head fog etc...) This Saturday I have a 9 mile mud/obstacle run.... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Simple...eat some carbs. Eat some sweet potatoes, fruit, butternut squash, maybe even rice. You probably don't need all of those, or a huge amount of carbs, but the night before and the day of, eat 150-200g of carbs. Should cure your ills, and... (more)

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by 898 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Hey guys, quick question. Every time I'm doing (pretty intense) strength training for a prolonged period of time I start getting the flu (starts with throat pain and later on I also get a headache. Lasts until I stop training for about a... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · June 03, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Definitely sounds like overtraining. You should try an unloading week every 4th week, using about 65% of your weights. Beginning lifters can get away without doing that but as you get into heavier weights (and closer to your physiological limits)... (more)

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by 267 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Hi all. I've got a major grappling competition in 2 days and it seems as though I've caught a virus. Not super bad, but i still have to deal with a sore throat, congestion and general fatigue. Thought about going to the doc and maybe getting some... (more)

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tdgor 0 · May 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

(1) Antibiotics are useless against viruses. (2) If you're contagious, aren't you spreading disease amongst your fellow competitors? That seems unsporting. I also think you'd be better served to stay home and rest. Have you been overtraining? (more)

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by 268 · September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I believe I have a sinus infection. I get these every so often and normally I would just go into the doctors and get an antibiotic and clear it up in a few days or so. Now being Paleo I understand that is discouraged. The problem is, now it's... (more)

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spuggygirl 0 · May 08, 2012 at 6:18 PM

You have my sympathy - I've had a sinus infection for almost 3 weeks now. I've been using the xylitol spray and doing saline irrigation. Both help a little but ultimately I know I just have to wait it out. No point in me going to docs - they'll... (more)