I used to get sick monthly, not always major.. But icks cruds colds etc...
In 2 years I haven't gotten a sniffle excepting crud feeling from gluten/excess fructose that I can tie directly back to a poor meal choice
Is your immune system on overdrive yet?
Edit: I just got sick, wicked sinus infection. However, it was immediately the day after an inadvertent gluten exposure(mental note: be sure when you trust someone that brings you something gluten free that you still ask all the ingredients).
Still convinced in the absence of this inadvertent exposure, I'd still be fine.
I've wondered the same thing lately. I've been on mostly paleo (except some raw milk, heavy cream, keifer) since early summer and I haven't been sick since last winter. It's unheard of in my life. By this time of the year, with the weather changes and bouts of heavy winds in Southern California, and exposure to other sick people at work, I should be getting colds, hay fever, and so on. Nada.
Also as I go through various combinations of stress, less than optimal sleep, coffee, some alcohol (wine and tequila mostly) that normally guarantees I'd start feeling weak and down and eventually come down with something. Nothing. I'm the only one I know who isn't wearing a coat yet because the cold and the wind is way more bearable (I'm even just wearing t-shirts outside at night). I did workouts and sprints out on the windiest day lately. No flare ups or congestions. It's a little spooky. But then I remember reading about the Powhatan Indians who would pride themselves on going mostly clothes-free even in the winter months. So it can be done.
The only near-illness event was when I woke up one morning with the signs of needing to vomit. The strong tingly feeling in the back of the mouth, upset stomach feeling, and sudden feeling of heat coming from the head. I wander to the bathroom thinking it must be food poisoning or something. But by the time I'm standing over the toilet, it all goes away as quickly as it came. And that was it. Never had that experience before. When the signs are there, the vomit would always follow. What's up with that?
I have had the exact same experience.
I used to get very very ill at least twice a year - lung congestion, coughing, stuffed head, sore throat, ending up with my losing my voice and, usually, an ear infection. i could be sick as long as two weeks during these bouts.
I also got every sniffle and cough that the kids or my hubs brought home from school (husband teaches public school) and these would last several days and make me miserable.
I can honestly say in the 3 years that I've been Paleo I have not been ill more than a single day at a time. I no longer have the big, nasty illnesses and if I DO get sick it is MILD and I'm fit the very next day. As a person who has been a "sickie" her whole life, this has been awesome and is one of the very very best things about Paleo for me. If the lifestyle did NOTHING else but make me this disease-resistant I'd still do it!
Oh, and I have suffered from bad asthma since I was a tiny child - humidifiers, drugs, had to carry an inhaler with me at all times, a few emergency room visits. Now I don't even know where my inhaler is. I have had only TWO asthma attacks since a few months into Paleo and both were mild.
This is absolutely true to my experience. I'm particularly interested that you found that high carb but mostly paleo foods made a (negative) difference. The thing that almost guarantees that I'll get ill is increased caffeine.
It's also striking that my immunity improved so much on paleo, whereas before, when I was eating plates of healthy raw cabbage and steamed carrot and lots of legumes daily, I was constantly getting sick to the constant amusement of my health-sceptic friends.
I used to get sick about 2-3 times a year. I haven't been sick in about a year. When I did get sick, it would take about 5-7 days to run it's course. I just got sick for the first time this week. It just so happened to be directly after Thanksgiving, where my diet fell off a bit, and I drank too much whiskey with my brother who was in town. The only difference this time was, I kicked it in 2 days (albeit, harsh ones) by cutting out all carbs, and making bone broth soup and grass-fed liver for dinner both nights. Felt like new this morning.
I heart Paleo.
I love this thread! I've been paleo for about 18 months now, and haven't been sick once - not even a mild cold (and I work in an office where everyone is sick pretty much constantly - they seem to take turns passing colds back and forth to each another). My husband hasn't been sick either - AND his crazy-bad seasonal allergies magically disappeared this year.
Coincidence? I think not!!
Nope, I am sick right now actually. Anyone here Paleo and a teacher and spends time with kids a lot? I'd like to hear you brag about your immune system then! Haha. Man I hate being sick. Is Nyquil paleo?
I haven't been sick since I started paleo. In the last few weeks, everyone at work has one by one gotten sick and taken days off with some kinda nasty throat thing. Three days ago, I felt it starting to tickle at the back of my throat so I went to bed early that night and slept extra. The next day, I still felt slightly tired but no other symptoms so I went to bed early again and that seems to have been the end of it. Take that you germs!
I actually have gotten sick, but the experience was quick and painless compared to how being ill used to affect me. There have only been two instances of this:
1) Nasty Head Cold - A really nasty cold went around the office. I was tired with a sore throat for a day and bounced back. My other coworkers were sick for over a week and for most of them the cold progressed to lung congestion and a nasty cough!
2) My wife and I were symptomatic this summer for 9 days including stomach aches, diarrhea, cramping, etc. The doctors rules out food poisoning, bacteria, and parasites. The entire time we kept eating right and maintained our energy levels. I only missed a day of work and she only missed two before things cleared up. I think this would have been much worse if we did not eat as well as we do. By the way, we are adventurous eaters so there really is not telling what we had.
I've been a lot more successful fending off illness the last year or so as well - especially impressive to me as I've got a toddler in day care who gets sick and brings illness into the house all the time!
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