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Can paleo weaken body defences?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I've been eating paleo for about 1 year, and have tried whole 30, autoimmune protocols (to see if I could improve psoriasis - I didnt over a 4 week period, sun exposure seems to be the only cure I have found...), perfect health diet and a more 80/20 and 90/10 kind of approach.

During my most strict phases, I noticed increased gluten and milk sensitivity. After a few weeks of frequent exposure to ales and the odd sweet/bread, including increased cheese and milk consumption, I have noticed a huge reduction in any gut irritation symptoms that I usually associate with these so called NADs.

Question: Has tolerance improved or is there something more metabolically or 'immunologically' nuanced in my body's response?

Thanks for any contributions in advance! Long live paleo hacks.

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on April 24, 2012
at 09:00 PM

It seems critical to the paleo movement to me. This question needs to be answered should we stand the long term onslaught of the scientific community!

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on April 22, 2012
at 10:05 PM

i like your enzyme down regulation link too. I definitely notice a difference in my response to food when i am particularly strict as you say you are, but i feel like i can modulate this with the things i mentioned. I deliberately didn't say gut biome because i dont know nearly enough about it. hope to soon. c'mon kurt.

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on April 21, 2012
at 01:58 PM

It should you're right, it's purely speculation.

5740b342b3b4ca4af7625f9505f7eb5d

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on April 21, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Agreed, but this answer sounds a little bit like 'you're not doing it right'. In terms of answering the question, it sounds as if you are saying that it is the gut biome predominantly at role in food sensitivity. Would that be correct? I may be wrong, but Kurt Harris recently said he feels it may be very difficult to change biome after birth.

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on April 21, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Do you have a theoretical mechanism or research paper(s) that supports this? I'm not saying it isn't true, but if it is speculation it should be noted as such.

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5740b342b3b4ca4af7625f9505f7eb5d

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on April 21, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Just found this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/9673/losing-the-ability-to-normally-digest-foods-that-havent-been-eaten-for-a-while#axzz1sgIgUK8k

Personally enzyme down-regulation is quite convincing for me. My concern is that people, myself included, have confused lowered digestion with food intolerance...

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B9a579a02921868db5098bfa99f8221c

on April 18, 2012
at 02:29 PM

What i have noticed is you have to make a concerted effort to buld yourself up. Avoiding things is just avoiding things. It can stop making things worse, but there is more to do ifyou want to bestronger and more resillient.

Aim to get a wide range f fermented foods. Decent brands of anything picled, preserved, or enen better make your own. There are simple relishes and salsas that are easy to make.yoghurt is good, cultured butter, anyhing that relies on a relationship with bacteria.

You also need to be mindful of all the chemicals around you. Detergents, plastics, exhausts, food additives. Who can imagine the things we will learn about what we use everyday that may be doing us harm.

Make sure you have some relatonship with nature. Get in your garden, pull weeds, plant some herbs, Get a potplant. Scratch around in some soil and help something grow.

Paleo is more than diet. You are an animal.

5740b342b3b4ca4af7625f9505f7eb5d

(281)

on April 21, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Agreed, but this answer sounds a little bit like 'you're not doing it right'. In terms of answering the question, it sounds as if you are saying that it is the gut biome predominantly at role in food sensitivity. Would that be correct? I may be wrong, but Kurt Harris recently said he feels it may be very difficult to change biome after birth.

5740b342b3b4ca4af7625f9505f7eb5d

(281)

on April 24, 2012
at 09:00 PM

It seems critical to the paleo movement to me. This question needs to be answered should we stand the long term onslaught of the scientific community!

B9a579a02921868db5098bfa99f8221c

(748)

on April 22, 2012
at 10:05 PM

i like your enzyme down regulation link too. I definitely notice a difference in my response to food when i am particularly strict as you say you are, but i feel like i can modulate this with the things i mentioned. I deliberately didn't say gut biome because i dont know nearly enough about it. hope to soon. c'mon kurt.

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Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Increased gluten and milk sensitivity would mean that your body is producing a better response to foods that are irritating to the gut.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on April 21, 2012
at 01:58 PM

It should you're right, it's purely speculation.

5740b342b3b4ca4af7625f9505f7eb5d

(281)

on April 21, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Do you have a theoretical mechanism or research paper(s) that supports this? I'm not saying it isn't true, but if it is speculation it should be noted as such.

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