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Body Detoxing = cold sores and sinus congestion issues

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 04, 2011 at 11:00 PM

I am very new to Paleo starting only about a week ago. In the past few years I have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism and in the past year IBS and gluten and corn intolerance with potential lactose intolerance. I have been overweight most of my life despite a strict workout schedule.

I started Paleo about a week ago and have come down with a sinus like infection, cough, some asthma issues and a giant cold sore. Is this the season or could be a detox from how many carbs, processed food, soda, and sweets I was ingesting prior?

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:17 AM

Still kicking as of right now!! I'll keep you updated!

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:16 AM

Thanks for all the answers!! I def. am still going and feel much better! This answer above explains why I've been getting cold sores most of my life. I'm happy to say after my first month Paleo (mildly strict, still figuring out what works best); my cold is gone and I'm down 5 pounds and 2-3 inches on my waist. Also, feeling much better with very few stomach issues which I've had for years. Thank you :) I really enjoy reading all the information and learning more to help me stay on track!

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:59 AM

But let us know if AndyM's wrong and it did kill you--just kidding, Andy!

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Wouldn't it be more likely that his/her immune system was temporarily weakened from a lifestyle change (common) and he/she caught an upper respiratory infection? I have heard people talk about this "traffic jam" before, but I can't find any science on it, most of it seems to be tied in with homeopathy/naturopathy, which has a questionable relationship with science as best.

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on December 04, 2011
at 11:49 PM

You have an Upper Respiratory infection which explains all your symptoms including the cold sore. Stick with paleo. You will lose weight and feel much better, especially after the cold goes away.

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:29 AM

The HSV1 virus that is responsible for cold sores can be 'awakened' by stress and by consuming a diet that has a high ratio of Arginine to Lysine. Eating lots of foods high in Arginine like chocolate, peanuts and almonds, and not enough foods high in Lysine, like red meat, dairy and eggs can promote the recurrence of HSV1 symptoms, especially during times of stress or illness. You can avoid high Arginine foods and supplement with Lysine routinely or specifically during times of high stress or low immunity.

I also sometimes suffer from HSV1 outbreaks and they are almost always preluded by respiratory infection and cold symptoms.

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:16 AM

Thanks for all the answers!! I def. am still going and feel much better! This answer above explains why I've been getting cold sores most of my life. I'm happy to say after my first month Paleo (mildly strict, still figuring out what works best); my cold is gone and I'm down 5 pounds and 2-3 inches on my waist. Also, feeling much better with very few stomach issues which I've had for years. Thank you :) I really enjoy reading all the information and learning more to help me stay on track!

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on July 16, 2013
at 09:33 PM

Have to agree with everything I am reading here.My family and I went Organic and Gluten free as much as possible 5 years ago.Did some heavy detox during that time.Alot of bad toxins,GMO's,pesticdes,etc all those previous years.That is how the body gets rid of all that stuff.It does effect the sinuses and the extremities.I have the problem when our family is invited out,you have to deal with what is their to eat.Two days later their is always some type of detoxing.I usually get one nostril blocked the other one open.Tt will always bonce back and forth.Going through that right now from this past weekend.

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on February 11, 2013
at 07:13 PM

Yeah, I just started Paleo a few days ago and got a huge cold sore. I usually only get them when I'm super stressed or I am chewing on my lips when they're dry. That's not the case this time, so I'm thinking it's because I was starving the first couple of days and at tons of nuts as Cynthia suggested in the first response. My sinuses are clogged too.

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:28 AM

It's usual for people to suffer in the first week or two while their body adjusts - depending on what diet they've actually come from. It's extremely unlikely that you'll have changed anything that'll kill you in that time so I'd say hang in there, get lots of sleep and crank open the bone broth. If it's getting worse, check with a doctor. It is also, from what I've seen, quite unusual to get such infections once you've been paleo for a while. Hope everything starts going your way real soon!

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:59 AM

But let us know if AndyM's wrong and it did kill you--just kidding, Andy!

B9f30a2abcbb47a43bc67dac3aa8e203

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:17 AM

Still kicking as of right now!! I'll keep you updated!

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on December 04, 2011
at 11:40 PM

I would def attribute some of that to your body finally being able to effectively have time and pathways to rid your body of years of garbage. Rather then constantly recirculating toxic metabolic wastes, bacteria, virus' and excess environmental garbage.

Depending on how much your liver, kidneys, spleen, colon, skin and pulmonary system can expel you may be suffering from basically a "traffic jam." its likely you will suffer from inflammation, a hyperactive immune system etc. Of course if the symptoms persist see your medical provider.

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Wouldn't it be more likely that his/her immune system was temporarily weakened from a lifestyle change (common) and he/she caught an upper respiratory infection? I have heard people talk about this "traffic jam" before, but I can't find any science on it, most of it seems to be tied in with homeopathy/naturopathy, which has a questionable relationship with science as best.

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