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Flushing from Paleo Diet??

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Created September 15, 2011 at 2:19 AM

I just started the Paleo diet and noticed that I have been constantly "flushed". It's thoughout the day and uncomfortable at night. Does anyone know why this happens and does it eventually go away? Only 4th day in diet... Thanks

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on January 13, 2012
at 09:32 PM

OK so this might be something you should get a doctor to check out. My doctor thinks it's probably related to hypertension and anxiety that can be treated with beta blockers, but he ordered a ton of bloodwork and wants to do a bunch of screening to eliminate the possibility of a rare tumor (pheochromocytoma) that he's seen a couple times in young men with anxiety and hypertension. This is on the NHS in the UK so it's not like he's getting Medicaid reimbursements for ordering pointless tests or something. So, body parts turning funny colors could definitely be a good reason to see a doctor.

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on January 05, 2012
at 01:24 PM

I seem to be having the same problems since transitioning off long-term veganism in 2011. I'm going to consult with my doctor about it on Monday, but am not optimistic. I might be able to get something like clonidine to suppress the flushing, but I'm hoping there's a simpler cause I can address like elevated histamine levels. This paper might be of interest to anyone reading this with a similar problem: http://www.sbd-sp.org.br/public/img/destaques/destaque06.pdf

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on September 16, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Jamie cites a paper which says normal people, given "massive" amounts of histamine, can have a reaction. Also, a commenter in Jamie's post apparently cured her histamine intolerance through Paleo+GAPS, which was even more effective than a low-histamine diet. This is her blog: http://roosclues.blogspot.com/search/label/High%20histamine

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Great thoughts in here, I like point #3 a lot. .... Also: Right, Jamie talks about getting a test for DAO, the enzyme to blame for the histamine intolerance. One article he linked to suggested the intolerance might not be so uncommon: about 1%, which is something. Anyhow I wonder if maybe histamine excess is something that everyone could be prone to, even if the DAO levels are "normal." If you really overdo it on the chocolate or something like that .... Who knows.

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:54 AM

There's definitely such a thing as too much protein .... But I tend to think that this particular danger is over-suspected. Because most people's bodies intuitively sense the amount of protein they need. It should begin to taste unappealing once you've had enough.

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Hmmm. This makes sense and yes I do get flushed from red wine. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:16 AM

I went all protein... I cut out sugar and all carbs. I've had omlettes for breakfast, protein shakes(50g), then chicken/chops with salad for dinner. Is there such thing as too much protein??

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on September 15, 2011
at 05:03 AM

I'd like to hear some thoughts on this too. I eat pretty standard paleo for 6 months I get really flushed after random meals, or have whole strings of days where my nose is red and I look generally inflamed and flushed. I tried to tie it to a specific food through elimination, but it didn't seem to correlate with anything specifically. I suspect it's a digestion issue.

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on September 15, 2011
at 03:49 AM

what have you been eating?

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:02 AM

I've been thinking a lot about histamine intolerance recently. Do you get flushed from red wine by chance? (It always makes my ears hot.) Either way you should read this excellent blog post from Jamie, aka That Paleo Guy. Histamines in food can lead to allergy-like symptoms, i.e., the same ones your body produces in response to an allergen. (Ever wonder why the medicine you take to deal with that is called an antihistamine?)

It could be a number of other things too, but if you've changed your diet because you've gone paleo, you may have added more foods with high histamine content as an inadvertent side effect. It's worth checking out.

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Hmmm. This makes sense and yes I do get flushed from red wine. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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on September 15, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Interesting, I also experience such feeling recently altho I don't notice anything visually and my temperature is actually the same no matter how I feel. I am long time into low carb (~75g)

Its probably because of higher thermogenic effect of protein related to CHO. It may be higher endotoxin levels, if it is, it should sort out soon. It could be allergy, ascorbate deals with it great (and with endotoxins).

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on September 15, 2011
at 06:03 PM

I have experienced something very similar the last few days - but have been "paleo" for the last few months. I haven't changed my diet during that time - but for the last few days, my face has been very hot - almost like I'm coming down with something, but with no fever.

On a related note, at night, after ingesting alcohol (i think partiularly wine) I will become so overheated I cannot sleep. Even turning the thermostat to 65 degrees- I am still too hot to sleep, but never break a sweat.

Would love to know what is causing these two reactions.

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