I tried eating paleo 85% of the time with intermittent fasting and lost 5kg in 5 weeks, then xmas came and i jumped off the bandwagon for almost 3 weeks and gained 2kg back. :( I am 3 days into 100% compliance with paleo foods and my nose has started running almost non-stop! my partner says its hayfever but i have never had hayfever in my life. I have for the past 2 years had problems with blocked nasal passages especially in the mornings and have tried to figure out what was causing it, even saw a doctor who had no idea why this was happening, I put it down to a food allergy and noticed that drinking tea with soy seemed to make it worse, im tempted to think that the running nose is because its clearing up due to eating the paleo food but i dont want to jump the gun as its only been 3 days. has anyone heard of this?
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on January 07, 2014
at 11:33 AM
You aren't going to stop the runny nose until you get to the cause of the problem. If you have not been to an allergist or an immunologist, then make an appointment right away. They can perform a skin or blood test to determine what is causing the problem. Once you know what is causing the problem, you will know what to avoid. Allergy is a chronic condition, so it cannot be cured, it can be managed. It is caused by a defect in the immune system. Your body is usually pretty good at identifying foreign things, but in the case of allergy, it mis-identifies benign (harmless) proteins as enemy invaders. So, it starts to produce human immunoglobulin E which kicks the immune system into action and your body produces histamine. This histamine can cause anything from your annoying runny nose, to hives, coughing, stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes, to asthma, or anaphylaxis. The symptoms only go away when the offending protein goes away. So the key is to know the triggers and avoid them. I am sending a link for an article that will explain how to tell the difference between allergy and a cold. I am also sending a link on how to set up a dust free room, and a link to the stuff you can use to wash your sheets to get rid of the allergens. But, until you have your tests done, you are just playing a guessing game.
on January 02, 2014
at 02:17 PM
You've had a runny nose in December/January. It is far more likely a coincidence rather than a causal relationship.
[BTW, this is a short answer, that will give you the cues to research more]
That being said, one plausible, causal relationship is that there is a latent allergy that you eliminated. Allergies are autoimmune conditions (technically hyper-sensitivity disorders). Thus the dose makes the poison. Removing an allergen from your diet and decreasing your systematic inflammation could cause blocked sinuses to clear up.
Either way the point is moot. It will clear up in 4-8 days if it's a virus or a result of your dietary change.
on January 02, 2014
at 11:27 AM
Soy isn't paleo, it inherently is high in anti-nutrients, endocrine disruptors, and other toxins. 90% of it is GMO soy (i.e. if it doesn't say "organic", it's a GMO), which will provide added glyphosate residues, thus providing a further toxin load. People can be allergic to soy.
You might also have an allergic reaction to other stuff in the 15% non-paleo you might have consumed. Dairy has runny nose as a common symptom.
That said, depending on where you live, it might not be hay fever, as it's now winter in the northern hemisphere, so you might just have an actual cold, or the air in your bedroom is too dry, or you might have mold, or your baseboard heater has dust that rises up, etc. A HEPA air filter and a humidifier might help here.