If so, tell us in detail what contributed to your health (other than paleo diet obviously). :-)
Its been great! An unexpected benefit of my lifestyle change has been not getting sick while others close around me are ill almost 4 times a year (or more). I have a special dance I like to taunt them with when they get sick and I don't.
I believe the main contributors to my health have been:
1) consuming local, home grown, organic eggs, veggies, and honey. 2) Virgin coconut oil for its antiviral properities. 3) More sex. 4) If my bf is coming down with something, I'll use some oil of oregano or I'll use some concentrated elderberry juice to kill off the infection.
No longer do I get that little twinge of fear when someone is sneezing or hacking.... its more like a challenge. I say bring it on! Show me what you've got! I'll crush you rhino virus!
Several times over the last couple years I've gotten a "pre-cold" - little sniffles or tightness in the throat - and then it's gone the next day. I haven't had a serious cold or flu in over two years.
In addition to good food, I attribute this partially to intentional cold/wet exposure as part of my training for adventure and obstacle races. I love to run in ToughMudders, Spartan Races, and soon my first Goruck Challenge. Many of these events occur in the winter and they almost always involve water.
As part of my training I've intentionally (and successfully) pushed my training to include cold exposure / resistance. I run in cold rain when I have the chance (last Sunday - 46 and rainy - out the door I go with only shorts and Vibrams!). I switched to almost exclusively cold showers. I keep a jacket in the car for emergencies but haven't actually worn one in two years.
I had a bit of a cough a few months ago the day before and morning of a Tough Mudder race. Conventional wisdom would say "drop the race, you'll get cold, wet, and tired and the little cough will turn into the flu or worse". I ran the 12 miles, including every water obstacle. The next day - no sign of a cold.
Me! (Unless you count seasonal allergies?)
I haven't been sick with a cold or virus in over 2 years. (Prior to that, probably 2-4 colds a year.)
I attribute this to getting my Vitamin D level up to the high end. (last test at 91 ng/ml) Also, using mega-doses of D and resting at the first sign of any symptoms.
I was eating WAP at the time I started supplementing D, I've been Primal for 14 months now.
I get the flu about every 3 years, no sniffles or anything in between. Paleo has not changed this, I have been like this for my whole life. In fact my overall health, on paleo, is worse than it has ever been. (Adrenal, thyroid, digestion are all pretty awful). Yet still not catching the flu, I have even been exposed to whooping cough this season -and nothing. I am glad to be on paleo, but I haven't seen the health benefits that other people have.
I went WAPF about 12 months ago, and paleo about 9 months ago and I haven't been sick yet. I started getting a sore throat a few weeks ago when my son and my husband had full on colds but I loaded on bone broth, vitamin D, zinc and hit my neil med nasal irrigator pretty hard and dodged it in about half a day. I took this as a wake up call to be more dilligent about my son's vitamin D and offal intake and since I did that he seems to have finally fought it off. I think the combination of nutrient density and avoiding anti-nutrients really does make a world of difference. However, I think if you live up north where there isn't much sun this time of year, vitamin D supplementation is a must.
Haven't been sick in 10 years - apart from a mild seasonal cold some years -, and I've been paleo only since past July.
I contribute some of that to omega 3, been taking 10 (!) fish oil caps for years daily. I changed that to 4 cod liver caps with paleo diet. One of these days I'll do the math on what my actual omega 3/6 intake ratio is.
Another contributor is that I consciously avoid being overly clean. By that I mean I don't use any anti-bacterial products, only wash hands with soap after doing #2 or before cooking. I went no poo and no soap a year ago - soap only on my ass or if I get really dirty. At work I don't stay away from sick people, I don't wipe doorknobs, etc. I'm a strong believer in a strong immune system, and the best way to cultivate that is to get germs.
(Man, I sound like a dirty hippy, and I'm as far away from one as can be...)
Other than that, never been really one to get sick, so perhaps it's also (mostly?) genes.
Well, sort of...I haven't had any real sickness at all since I went paleo. I have had a few (maybe once a year) of what I call "paleo colds", where I wake up one day and I have a bit of a headache and a small tickle in my throat. It's the typical symptoms you get when you're starting a cold. But it never gets any worse than that and it's over in two-three days, rather than a whole week like with a real cold.
Now, when I do have my paelo cold (which I do right now, unfortunately), I do take extra care of myself, and that includes not going to the gym. I don't want my body doing anything other than fighting the cold.
The bad parts of a regular cold are all of the crazy immune response and inflammation, but since I'm on an anti-inflammatory diet, the only thing that a cold does is make me tired while my body is working on fighting it.
Haven't been sick for years. I provide my body with everything it needs to protect itself; food, exercise, sleep, relaxation, funtime etc. Don't over-think everything,enjoy your life.
Funny....right now I am sick for the first time in a year. All year my goal has been to get enough sleep and not run myself ragged with too much busy-ness. I have not had so much as a sniffle all year, only to wake up today with a sore throat and BOY do I feel cruddy. The only thing that's different is that I was super busy getting ready for the holidays and family in town, and I have been staying up late drinking wine with my family that's in town. Guess I've learned my lesson! I can't wait to get back to good eating and enough sleep.
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