I've been really stiff lately. I've also been cheating a lot. Almost daily. Anyhow, I've been unusually stiff, especially in my lower body. Anytime I get up from sitting or lying I'm really stiff, and it takes quite a bit of time to go away, if it even does. Before going Paleo I had no known food allergies or sensitivities. Could this be from the gluten I've been snacking on? All the fruit I've been eating? A pinched nerve that has nothing to do with my eating?
Yes, gluten can do a number on your joints, or more specifically the soft tissues around them.
Omega-6 is another big contributor. If I indulge in too much of that I'm guaranteed to be aching the next day.
But first and foremost, at least in my experience, is sleep. Where mobility is concerned, getting enough sleep is the difference between existence and excellence.
Sara, if I was you, I would go to your doctor and have a blood panel done. I have no idea why you're having stiffness but I know with myself I tend to put off things with my health that I should not. I started getting pain and stiffness mostly in my upper body last fall and it really derailed my diet and fitness goals. I finally went to the doctor 8 months later and find out I have an autoimmune disease which is causing my pain and stiffness. You never know what can be the cause of things but if it is bothering you and you think it may be getting worse, go see your doctor.
gluten causes inflamation, looks like the obvious answer to me. Bread makes my joints hurt too, so even as I eat the once in a while burger, I know I am going to hurt a little for a couple of days from it.
Yup. pretty much the whole paleo thang is about avoiding inflammatory foods.. all the "no-nos' can cause problems for at least some people. Omega-6 oils and wheat are highly inflammatory especially. And it def becomes more obvious as you progressively clean up your diet - you'll find these kind of things pop up when you 'cheat'. Your body has something to say about it, and it knows you're finally ready to listen! ;)
Sure it could be the weather or a nerve or some weird allergy.. but you know where to start.. again. :)
I'm getting ready to go Paleo I have had symptoms for years, literally ,I have been to lots of Dr.'s most laugh when I tell them my symptoms & about 15 yrs ago Had a DR in Fl. actually giggle & say You have the 3 F's Female Fat & Forty what do you expect? needless to say I have been on a quest to find out what is the cause of the pain, gas & bloating. I felt the best when I was on the Adkins Diet but it was impossible to live on it in a very small town with limited grocery options I have narrowed it to bread it makes my stomach hurt then I have leg cramps then the following day I have joint pain it took a lot of trial & error I am in hopes paleo is the way to go
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