I have a friend that seems curious about going Paleo, especially since I mentioned that some people seem to find that their allergies improve after switching.
She also suffers from asthma, which appears to be an inflammatory response. As run-away inflammation seems decrease once inflammatory foods are eliminated, I was wondering if anyone found that their asthma improved after switching to a Paleo diet. Details would be appreciated!
Yes! This was the original reason for starting to eat Paleo. I have had asthma since childhood and didn't like the idea of being on steroid inhalers for life.
I began in November and found within a few weeks that things had improved. About 10 weeks ago the improvement was such that I cut from inhalers twice a day to morning only, then to every other day, and eight weeks ago I stopped them entirely.
I can now walk miles - even up hills - and while I take a Ventolin with me still (just in case!!) it is really as though I don't have asthma any longer. And I have sailed through the pollen season with no problems - spring used to bring on attacks and this year, not!!
Downside - the steroid inhaler must have been suppressing the psoraiasis I used to suffer from, as it came back when I stopped taking the steroids. But - not too badly, and it is not nearly as bad as having debilitating asthma!!!!
Tell her to go for it! BUT - I also make a point of reducing inflammatory Omega 6 andvery much increasing Omega 3 - I think this has been a very important part of the improvement.
Ditto what @Andrew said!
I have had asthma since I was a baby. I have been hospitalised for it (in my youth) twice and have had to be rushed to the emergency room many times (pre-inhaler days).
Fast forward to 2 years ago: Even after losing over 100lbs on a low carb diet I still needed my inhaler. I'd guess about three times a week.
When I went Paleo I actually didn't notice all that much until about 3 months later when I relised that I had not used my inhaler AT ALL for over 2 months!
In the 2 1/2 years since I've been Paleo, I may have used my inhaler twice.
It's astounding. Like @Andrew said, it's like I don't have asthma at all anymore.
In addition, FWIW, The arthritis in my knees is markedly improved as well and my Rosacia has vanished entirely. I attribute these to dropping Nightshades. @Andrew, have you tried getting rid of Nightshades to see what effect that has on your psoriasis?
Asthma has improved greatly, magnesium & vitamin d seem to have helped most.
"Subjects were randomly assigned to consume 340 mg(170 mg twice a day) of Mg or a placebo for 6.5 months ... CONCLUSION - Adults who received oral Mg supplements showed improvement in objective measures of bronchial reactivity to methacholine and PEFR and in subjective measures of asthma control and quality of life."
217 children in experimental, 213 in placebo 54% and 53% had asthma respectively
12 asthma attacks in the placebo group, 2 in the vitamin d group (statistically significant, p = .006)
I used inhalers on a daily basis for most of my life and it just got worse with the years. Used to take Zyrtec too almost daily.
I went paleo and after a couple of months being really sick and weak I started to regain my strength and now I have no problem whatsoever with asthma or allergy. Grain and dairy are the worst, I can feel it coming back if I eat a littel bread/cake for 3-4 days in a row. Eating a little bread, rice, potato and cream/icecream is perfectly ok if I limit it to say one meal a week. My rule is I can eat what I want if I have a dinner out with a girl or friends and pure paleo the rest of the time. Works fine for me. I smoke a lot, drink a lot of alcohol and coffee/tea but it has little negative effect on me after I went paleo.
However I contribute one more thing to my excellent recovery, as much as the diet, and that is Spirulina supplements, which I take 1,5 grams three times daily (total 4,5 grams a day).
Another thing you should really consider is going to the gym 3-4 times a week. Lift weights! The paleo diet is amazing for gaining muscle fast.
Great links and info Chris!
My asthma and my kids personally cleared up with vitamin D -- when my vitamin D levels are around 70s I feel best and no tightness or bronchitis. My oldest may even be a little stunted in height from the steroid tapers and inhalers. I used inhalers but none really worked.
Mag is good stuff -- keeps our organs, metabolism and muscles running efficiently. Too much mag can however cause loose stools.
Omega-3 can help asthma in some cases too.
Adrenal health? Thyroid health? If the above don't work, then suspect these factors and fix them to improve asthma.
Hope you notice improvements!
Definitely yes. Most notably, I find my asthma disappears when on paleo and comes back when I'm eating things like hot cross buns. It's wonderful being able to breathe! Apparently oxygen is quite important for most functions...
I have had exercise-induced asthma for most of my life, but upon switching to the paleo diet it completely cleared up. From my experience, asthma correlates very closely with omega-6 intake. If I eat out and get a big PUFA dose, even without exercising I can feel a bit of airway constriction. Yet another reason for me to stick to the paleo diet...