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Recurrent Common Cold

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 11, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Since childhood, I have suffered from common colds at a much higher frequency than others.

I'm not sure if my paleo diet over the last few months has brought about an improvement or can.

Any pointers?

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 13, 2010
at 12:27 PM

Thanks, I'll try a blood test. I'm already on supplements

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 12, 2010
at 04:49 PM

It's really once a week -- a ritual thang. Not much, really!

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 12, 2010
at 04:46 PM

Interesting -- Thanks!

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on October 11, 2010
at 07:37 PM

Bread about once a week = recipe for disaster for some of us who are sensitive to gluten. Cut it out and see what happens.

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 11, 2010
at 07:19 PM

Since going paleo, my general sinus condition is definitely better -- when I'm not suffering from a cold!

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 11, 2010
at 07:18 PM

I'm pretty strict. I eat bread once a week -- about a slice or 2 Dairy -- small amounts of butter or cheese not more than about once a week. I was strict vegan for years and that didn't help I drink coffee and eat small amounts of 85% chocolate

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on October 11, 2010
at 06:09 PM

Agrred. Especially number 1 (vit D). And # 9 - maybe add some fish oil. # 5 - I'd mention magnesium... And #2 - gut health is important (ditch the wheat). Oooh, I like #6! Does it help with colds? The rest I'm not sure about (just means I don't know).

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 11, 2010
at 06:04 PM

Thanks for this list Jay! Many of these suggestions are new to me. I'll try to research them.

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on October 11, 2010
at 05:43 PM

I ask because I used have constant nasal and post-nasal drip until I gave up gluten and dairy. It was a revelation to actually be able to breathe through my nose during exercise. But whenever I cheat a bit, it comes back a little.

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on October 11, 2010
at 05:42 PM

How strict is your Paleo? What are you including and excluding? How often do you cheat?

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on October 11, 2010
at 05:35 PM

There are a lot of things that may increase your immune system and/or decrease your overall level of inflammation. Both should reduce the number of colds you experience.

  1. Get 25(OH)D levels up to 40ng/ml (aka 100nmol/L)

  2. Take a probiotic occasionally

  3. Buy a mushroom beta glucan supplement and take it.

  4. Vit C, vit E

  5. Adequate minerals (zinc, copper, selenium, etc).

  6. Get enough fat, especially cream and coconut oil.

  7. Take melatonin at night.

  8. Use a neti pot, to irrigate your nasal passage ways.

  9. Reduce consumption of omega 6, by a lot.

  10. Drink green tea.

  11. Use whey powder

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on October 11, 2010
at 06:09 PM

Agrred. Especially number 1 (vit D). And # 9 - maybe add some fish oil. # 5 - I'd mention magnesium... And #2 - gut health is important (ditch the wheat). Oooh, I like #6! Does it help with colds? The rest I'm not sure about (just means I don't know).

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

(821)

on October 11, 2010
at 06:04 PM

Thanks for this list Jay! Many of these suggestions are new to me. I'll try to research them.

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on October 12, 2010
at 07:29 AM

For me, common colds were caused by gut dysbiosis and regular consumption of fermented foods like cheese and yogurt causing a recurrent herxheimer reaction (die-off).

When I cut those probiotics, I lost the frequent colds, migraines and constant sneezing and fatigue, but started to have extreme digestive issues that eventually lead me to discover about the paleo diet.

So for me colds were not an immune problem, but my body constantly detoxing while the gut dysbiosis never got repaired because of the SAD and NSAIDS used for the migraines. I sure had a hell of a life because of it.

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 12, 2010
at 04:46 PM

Interesting -- Thanks!

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on October 11, 2010
at 06:54 PM

I was like you, several colds every year. I never seemed to get the stomach flu, but anytime a cold was going around. I'd get it.

Now that I'm more paleo/primal this has changed. I succumb to one or two colds each year, and they're not bad colds. Several times since changing my eating habits my co-workers would have the colds and I WOULDN'T CATCH THEM! Yes!

Of course, I still can catch a cold. Here's what I attribute to catching them still:

  1. Eating crappy foods. It seems like every time I go for a sugary, carb-loaded week or two of eating that I'm more susceptible to the common cold.

  2. Lack of sleep. Staying up late for a few days in a row also makes me more susceptible.

  3. Vit D intake gets low.

And guess what I did at the start of the school semester (I work at a university and my busiest time is semester starts)? I didn't eat cleanly, I stayed up late, and wasn't taking my supplements like I usually do (why do all these things go together when I know this is the time I should be taking care of myself the most?). Sure enough, the cold hit our office and I got sick.

Anyway, this is MY experience with the colds. Hope this helps.

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on October 11, 2010
at 05:13 PM

I'm sure that there are many possibilities as to why you are so susceptible to colds, etc, but, for me, correcting my vitamin D level seems to have had the great impact on my chronic sinus and respiratory infections.

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on October 13, 2010
at 12:27 PM

Thanks, I'll try a blood test. I'm already on supplements

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on October 12, 2010
at 11:17 AM

I had faecal breath odour for YEARS, never had a girlfriend till now. Talked to many doctors who took my money then showed me the door....I finally had a friend who used to suffers bad breath, tell me about an eBook he bought 5 or 6 months ago he ask me how his breath smelt and I didn???t smell a thing. He said the eBook amongst much else had him stop eating dairy food/ soft drinks and coffee/tea and is about 30 pages long so it covers every possible cause. So I???m like reading it and doing all the stuff it says to do. Thinking this has to be bull. But after a few days my tongue started turning red and felt nice. I worked up the courage to ask a friend how my breath smelt and he???s like I don???t smell anything. Now I???m thinking all those years of humiliation and I could have solved it ffs! There???s a site about it called Oraltech Labs. Just google it. Anyway hope this works for you too. Karen Morrison, Sufferer no more!

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