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How long for the body to recover from a crap diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 19, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I started eating crappy food 6 years ago right after i moved from parents' house (go figure ;)

Fortunetelly i started eating paleo 3 months ago and as expected i can say i feel pretty good, but i keep asking myself how long it would actually take for the body to completely recover from all the damage caused from gluten, high carb intake etc...

Anybody care to answer this one, based on personal experience?

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on August 19, 2010
at 08:26 PM

+1 more. Some effects come in hours, some take years. You said it well.

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on August 19, 2010
at 06:48 PM

I'd type an answer but this is what I'd write, +1

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on August 19, 2010
at 06:00 PM

Sure! Oh, and I forgot... better breath in the mornings (immediate)... the list of benefits goes on and on.

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on August 19, 2010
at 03:10 PM

Great answer, thanks!

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on August 19, 2010
at 03:07 PM

gluten does seem to stay with you and also sneak in if take risks outside your own kitchen. 6 months was about right for me both for feeling good and for changing my body comp to a place i can be proud of.

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on August 19, 2010
at 02:17 PM

You're right but i'm actually more interested on the statistical part ;)

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77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on August 19, 2010
at 02:36 PM

I think the health benefits start kicking in pretty quickly, even if you don't physically notice them until later. Kinda like quitting cigarettes, I imagine.

I noticed improved mood, energy, etc. within a few days. Other health benefits materialized within weeks. Cleaner teeth, better digestion, fat loss.

As for full "recovery," I don't know.

I've been on Paleo for more than a year. Six months ago I thought my diet, lifestyle, and health were fantastic. Turns out that I still had some lingering issues, so I continue to read, learn, and tinker. My diet shifted from quasi-Paleo (processed meats and "healthy" canola oil... oops) to grass-fed and local. I reduced my fish oil intake. I started prioritizing sleep. I discovered I may be hypochloridic. I'm experimenting with probiotics, magnesium, zinc.

I'm healthier and stronger this year than I was last year, and I hope that trend continues for a long time. I don't know if it makes sense to talk about full recovery.

If you quit smoking and somehow improve your lung capacity to a level that is higher than it was before you started smoking, are you fully recovered? Depends on how you look at it. Your lungs could have been even healthier if you had never started smoking in the first place. But you're still healthier than you've ever been, so take that and be happy with it.

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

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on August 19, 2010
at 08:26 PM

+1 more. Some effects come in hours, some take years. You said it well.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on August 19, 2010
at 06:48 PM

I'd type an answer but this is what I'd write, +1

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

(1164)

on August 19, 2010
at 03:10 PM

Great answer, thanks!

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on August 19, 2010
at 06:00 PM

Sure! Oh, and I forgot... better breath in the mornings (immediate)... the list of benefits goes on and on.

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on August 19, 2010
at 02:14 PM

I think this is one of those questions where you're going to get a variety of answers. Many people will tell you they feel better after a week or two; other people may say longer. I know Robb Wolf recently cited "Primal Body, Primal Mind" (or is it the other way around?) where it was written that gluten can stay in the body for up to six months.

I don't think there's a way to empirically determine when the body has fully "recovered" from poor diet -- you just know when you feel better. It's like being able to tell the date you're going to keel over and die. :)

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

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on August 19, 2010
at 02:17 PM

You're right but i'm actually more interested on the statistical part ;)

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on August 19, 2010
at 03:07 PM

gluten does seem to stay with you and also sneak in if take risks outside your own kitchen. 6 months was about right for me both for feeling good and for changing my body comp to a place i can be proud of.

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on August 20, 2010
at 07:00 PM

for me I started 2 months ago and I didn't notice the results quickly as first ( my diet before wasn't too bad but still had some high card intakes).

HOWEVER, I went a week in vegas eating fast food and WOW did I start to notice the difference by the end of the week. Took me a few days to recover and feel "normal" again once back in my hometown

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on August 19, 2010
at 03:59 PM

It depends on what you mean by 'recovery.' You will never be the same person you were 6 years younger ago, even if only because you've tacked on some years now. They say it takes about 1 to 3 months for most acclimitization to paleo to occur. You should see most of your improvement by the end of about 3 months assuming you aren't cheating a lot. Exceptions would be if you need to lose weight and that might take time. Or if you have developed metabolic issues. Also, if you have issues beyond basic paleo, you may have other things that you will need to figure out and work on, like maybe lime disease, hypothyroid, etc. Then it gets more complicated. So I think it depends a great deal on the individual situation. -Eva

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