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Colds, flu, & paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

So it looks like I'm getting the second cold/flu/whatever since I started paleo in Jan 2010. Last summer's bout knocked me on my ass.

What's weird is that even though I'm in the best health of most of my adult life now, I hardly ever got sick. Last time was around 2005, until last summer. Now it's hitting me again, pretty much the same thing: sore throat, coughing up glop, sinus pain.

Not a question I guess, just more of a "WTF?"

I am taking my traditional (to me) remedy of Campari and grapefruit juice (yeah, fructose; I'll live), extra vitamins C & D, and zinc. Maybe I'll force down some coconut oil later. I read about bone broth in the archives but I'm not making that in this heat!

Summer colds are the worst...

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on January 04, 2013
at 04:19 PM

Campari & grapefruit juice? That sounds awesome whether sick or not.

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on July 14, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Some sun, but I'm very fair so I don't baste in oil. I take 2000iu of D, no supplemental A. I guess that'd be no extra D because that's what I always take.

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on July 14, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Ah, tom yung... that sounds perfect!

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on July 13, 2011
at 04:21 AM

Three colds, so mild I hardly noticed them. A big improvement over a lot of colds and flues the year before. At 68, it is going to take a while to get my immune system to where I want it. But I'll get there.

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on July 13, 2011
at 02:53 AM

If you are having 3-4 colds a winter you must have a shot immune system.

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on July 13, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Yes, Thai penicillin! I usually have done tom yum gai (chicken). Recipe in my blog. I do make it at home because the more heat and humidity the better for healing. I only had three very mild colds this winter. During the previous winter, I had three or four bad flues and some colds. Thank you vitamin D.

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on July 13, 2011
at 12:29 AM

how much d are you regularly taking? any sun exposure? There does seem to be a J shaped curve where too much D may inhibit immune function. How are you doing on zinc? A?

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on July 12, 2011
at 11:01 PM

For the summer colds - i head to my local thai restaurant (which is really like the restaurants in thailand - open kitchen with a gorgeous girl serving and an older lady cooking) I order some Tom Yum Goong(hot and sour prawn) extra spicy. I take it home and eat it all while flowing snot and sneezing - curl up and read a couple of pages of my book and sleep. I'm usually right as rain in the morning - something about all the spice, ginger, garlic and lemongrass just fixes me up - and I get it at a restaurant in the summer because if I cooked it in my house the heat would be unbearable (from simmering everything on the stove). I'm sure they add some not awesome ingredients (probably sugar in their fish sauce) - but it works, so I'll take the trade-off

Hope you feel better soon!!

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on July 13, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Yes, Thai penicillin! I usually have done tom yum gai (chicken). Recipe in my blog. I do make it at home because the more heat and humidity the better for healing. I only had three very mild colds this winter. During the previous winter, I had three or four bad flues and some colds. Thank you vitamin D.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on July 14, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Ah, tom yung... that sounds perfect!

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

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on July 13, 2011
at 04:21 AM

Three colds, so mild I hardly noticed them. A big improvement over a lot of colds and flues the year before. At 68, it is going to take a while to get my immune system to where I want it. But I'll get there.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 13, 2011
at 02:53 AM

If you are having 3-4 colds a winter you must have a shot immune system.

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on July 12, 2011
at 10:33 PM

Too bad regarding the bone broth. The one time I was sick while Paleo, I had boe broth for 2 days and it fixed me right up. It's a life saver :)

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