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Is Paleo helping your asthma?

Answered on December 05, 2013
Created July 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

So the original reason I went paleo was because I wanted to get rid of my asthma symptoms. Now, I'm usually very strict about what I eat during the week, but at least once per weekend something comes up that causes me to have a complete cheat meal: grains, dairy, sugar, everything.

After reading several testimonies on how paleo has helped people get rid of their asthma, I'm concerned that these cheats are causing me to take backward steps. I've only been paleo for 4 weeks. Is it unreasonable to think I'd be seeing a difference by now? Has paleo helped your asthma? Could those cheat meals be to blame?

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on December 03, 2013
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After reading about your D3 results, I realised that my asthma symptoms are negligible when I am away on my narrow boat in the summer (out in sunshine all day everyday, shorts and T shirts). Winter = wheezing! This year, I am taking 10,000 iU vitamin D3 daily (it may be too much ad I don't know symptoms of overdose) and my asthma is way better than it has been other winters, so far....Also making sure I get plenty of vitamin A (liver, kidneys etc) and zinc. Thanks!!

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on December 05, 2013
at 06:07 AM

Wheezing and sneezing has been reduced to near zero, and that wasn't even an aspect thought about when starting paleo. While regular medication was not needed, recurring morning wheezing and lung congestion just seemed normal after all these years. Went hardcore paleo, and bam, unexpectedly knocked all that right out. Even triggers such as dust, perfume, smoke, and other such things now doesn't result in as strong a reaction; the body still alerts when the air is unhealthy, but it doesn't over do it. Through strict controls, testing variations, and analysis of self over time under different conditions and training/diet programs, I have attributed these improvements directly to eating paleo.

Additionally, SpO2 spot check average is moving up from below 95 to 95-100. The improvements in this factor have not yet been as strongly correlated with eating paleo due to lack of specific controls and testing. Certainly some of that improvement is due to pumping iron and tearing up miles of hilly trails barefooted at near max hear rate, but I do attribute some improvement to eating paleo. Not wheezing and not having congested lungs certainly helps with oxygen saturation.

I haven't gone all white lab coat and clipboard about it, but pretty much whenever I smash down a huge pizza or perform some other non-paleo food sin every now and then, a few things happen:

  • wheezing and sneezing comes back for 1–3 days even if just slightly
  • SpO2 seems to be affected by up to a few points or at least there is slight perceived change in effort (whether conscious or subconscious) to maintain the higher levels

The difference in these things became much more apparent when switching from screwing around a bit yet mostly paleo for a few months to eating pretty hardcore paleo. You'll be healing your body and improving how it functions long-term even if you mess around with some non-paleo food at times. However, the more strict you are with the diet:

  • the more likely you will heal quickly
  • the better you will probably feel
  • the more you will notice the negative differences when you do eat junk

Try doing at least one month hardcore strict paleo to clean, purge, and rejuvenate. After that, you'll be able to better ascertain the effects of the bad foods, so you'll be able to better decide how you want to incorporate any cheats and treats into your diet long-term.

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on December 03, 2013
at 05:21 PM

I never get upper respiratory viral infections any more, and that was my biggest asthma trigger. So it's helped enormously. I still do get exercise induced asthma symptoms, though.

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on December 03, 2013
at 08:42 AM

Home remedies are indeed helpful, but being an asthma patient I would also recommend doing some exercises. Staying in good health provides better resistance from asthma episodes. However, don't overdo or force your body beyond its limit. Begin with light exercises.

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on August 24, 2013
at 12:06 AM

try probiotics and d3

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on July 26, 2013
at 06:31 PM

My wife was taking advair (steroid puffer I think) once per day and it was recently increased in dosage just before we started paleo. After 1 year fairly strict paleo, she no longer needed any puffers!! and 3 years later all remains awesome with her. Very little flairs unless food and stress gets bad.

Pretty awesome actually!

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on July 26, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Getting my D3 blood level up to 80 ng/ml and being gluten-free completely eliminates my asthma symptoms.

100% Gluten-free Paleo without the D3 still resulted in symptoms for me.

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on December 03, 2013
at 09:12 AM

After reading about your D3 results, I realised that my asthma symptoms are negligible when I am away on my narrow boat in the summer (out in sunshine all day everyday, shorts and T shirts). Winter = wheezing! This year, I am taking 10,000 iU vitamin D3 daily (it may be too much ad I don't know symptoms of overdose) and my asthma is way better than it has been other winters, so far....Also making sure I get plenty of vitamin A (liver, kidneys etc) and zinc. Thanks!!

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on July 26, 2013
at 01:03 PM

My asthma was allergy-induced and pretty bad. Took about 4-6 months before I saw benefits from Paleo (for my asthma). But now I am off all medicines, inhalers, and shots.

Cheats, especially if you have some gluten sensitivity, will hurt big time.

A couple of weeks back, I tried adding back whole grains for a week, and my asthma symptoms came back after two days. Cut them out, and symptoms gone a week later.

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