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has anyone cured their allergies with paleo?

Commented on October 21, 2014
Created April 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I have a dog allergy I'd like to cure (my boyfriend has a dog, I know, it sucks), which mostly makes my skin react causing an itchy rash.

I've seen some improvement already, but has anyone completely/mostly cured their allergies by eating a paleo diet?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 30, 2012
at 05:31 AM

Thanks Phoenix, and http://peatarian.com looks promising too...

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on April 29, 2012
at 03:22 PM

@Korion - Peatarian forums! http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=419742 and http://www.functionalps.com/forum/index.php

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on April 29, 2012
at 02:05 PM

I said sugar instead of strained orange juice because I know its the sugar : I've experimented with pure sugar when I was out of oranges several time, and still experiment with it. I haven't had a sugar low in a long time now. Last time I had it was when I ate lots of gelatin and meat with a bit of veggies, but without any other carbs. At that time I developed red patches on my extremities, face and elbows.

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on April 29, 2012
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When I say sugar, I mean strained orange juice which is paleo. Besides, like I said, I react very well to milk if I combine it with salt and sugar. When I eliminated all the problematic foods, I didn't have allergies, but I woke up several times at night with a pounding heartbeat, I was very susceptible to stress, was quite tired throughout the day, ... I tried safe starches, but my belly didn't like them at all. I react very well to pure sugar and several types of fruit. I desperately need a peatarian forum, because the paleo-reenactment idea is getting a bit on my nerves :D.

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at 01:34 PM

salt and suger?? that doesn't seem paleo at all. if you're body are reacting negative to food, then maybe you shouldn't eat it. just sayin'.

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8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:48 PM

80% improvement.

I'd be highly suspicious of anyone who claims 100% success when it comes to (non-food) allergies. (Not just as a result of Paleo -- but anything, including medication.)

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:55 PM

It's too much of a coincidence that 30 years of seasonal allergies ended abruptly when changing my diet. It's all about inflammation I think in this case. I credit paleo with saving me $5 a week on claritan and allowing me to ride my motorcycle again without paying for it afterwards. I was a mess for 30years and then last fall and this spring nothing.

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:32 AM

Definitely! And I didn't expect it, either.

For the last 3-4 months (up until about 2 weeks ago) I'd been following a pretty strict diet and training regimen. It wasn't "Paleo" per se (I was training for a figure competition), but I already knew that I did better psychologically and physically in general without the grains, particularly breads. It just happened that I really was eating a paleo diet, though. And several weeks ago it had just occurred to me as I was cleaning the cat litter box that I was doing so without sneezing up both my lungs. Then I realized that, in fact, my cats were no longer an allergy problem at all. And they used to be BAD - I mean the wheezing, can't-sleep, can't-see-the-light-of-day-through-my-puffy-eyeballs brand of allergies. They would persist for the whole day sometimes, interfering with workouts and daily activities.

Now they're totally GONE! I hadn't read about or known about this being an effect of this, either. And I hadn't found this board until.. today! :) But then again, I could really feel how my body's inflammatory responses in general seemed to have mellowed out. Things just don't get itchy and irritated like they would previously. So it really makes sense.

I just wish my boyfriend would try this. He's lifting weights and going heavy on the carbs, and has a tough time thinking of eliminating bread from his diet... but he's always had just terrible allergies - mold, pollen, cats - affecting him night and day, ruining his whole day often-times. Sigh...

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:09 PM

I have a 15 year old son who developed asthma & eczema at about 1 year old. He was on antibiotics almost continuously for almost 7 years. He was allergic to dogs, cats, mold, etc. He was so bad he was usually hospitalized every 3-4 months for weeks at a time. Since I converted him to the Paleo Lifestyle about 3 years ago, he is about 90% better in everything. He is not 'cured but he rarely has any asthma attacks, his eczema is practically non-existent and rarely presents any allergy symptoms. He is off all meds but I always keep an inhaler around just incase. He is a healthy, happy straight A student, no acne issue (which he is happy about). He prefers kombucha over soda, does not eat candy/chocolate, very little sugar, no processed foods and eats raw liver with me once a week :)

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on April 29, 2012
at 05:03 PM

In a nutshell - YES!

My husband suffered from severe snoring, psoriasis, congestion, allergic conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes), GI distress (varying between constipation, diarrhea, gas, belching, bloating, severe abdominal pain)

I suffered from congestion, allergic conjunctivitis, GI distress (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas), psoriasis, and eczema.

Our allergies were so bad that even twice a week acupuncture only reduced about 40% and was more costly then going Primal! We were desperate almost going to go for allergy shots and steroids but that's when I did my research and found Paleo-friendly books. The rest is history.

About 60% of the symptoms reduced on a gluten-free diet, then 100% elimination happened on Primal. We did take out dairy for 30 days and then reintroduced with grass-fed pastured butter, cream, and ghee with no ill effects. Later we added 1 cup of raw milk daily and 1-2 cups of yogurt a week that seemed okay.

Psoriasis, eczema, snoring, and GI distress will flare up with enough gluten, soy, and industrial vegetable oils.

Some of the allergies disappeared in a matter of weeks, some took nearly a year to heal. Probiotics can help modulate the allergy response so we did a lot of that.

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Yes, to dogs, cats & hayfever.

Interestingly, through my 30's I had noticed the allergies were getting progressively worse.

I had even mentioned it to my doc during an annual physical one year.

Long story short, when I went on an elimination diet for a completely unrelated reason, I saw a dramatic improvement.

It could have been gluten, or dairy, or something else. I'm not certain.

Mike

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:30 PM

My horrible pollen allergies are at least %75 percent better. The only seven day stretch of pollen funk happened when my back (T8-T11 went out) in february and effected my digestion. Seven days of clariton. Once my back /digestion recovered my allergies disappeared again. Really proved the point that all allergies start in the gut.

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9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Another yes here. I didn't expect it, either.

Chronic and allergic rhinitis, gone. Seasonal allergies, easily manageable (sneeze now and again, that's about it). Eczema, gone. other dry skin, mostly gone.

cat allergy, this is the important one for you since you have a pet issue, and I don't think it's changed too much, but is slightly better.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:13 PM

I've definitely noticed I get less stuffed up in the spring since going paleo- never had very serious seasonal allergies but I am way less sneezy/sniffly than I used to be.

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:27 AM

My seasonal allergies have significantly improved to the point that it is barely noticeable.

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on April 29, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I have allergic rhinitis. I have been taking Omnaris and Nasonex (nasal sprays) to cope with it for years. If I don't my nose is completely stuffed up. By eating paleo, and especially by going dairy free (I was grain free for over 6 months before giving up the diary) I noticed within 10 days that I did not need the sprays. When I ate diary, my nose stuffed up and the same allergy symptoms returned, puffy eyes, irritability, head aches, swollen hands in reaction to - pollen, dust, and mold. The trees are starting to bud, some have leaves and I am not my usually miserable self for this time of year. I can't believe it. I just posted about this on my blog: http://www.paleoasis.com/2012/04/what-i-learned-from-whole30.html

I really think trying to eat strick paleo for 30 days is worth a try if it COULD reduce your reaction to Dog. Perhaps it could just reduce your "allergic load". By that I mean reducing exposure to one allergen can lessens your reaction to other allergens (ie, not having diary lessens my reaction to pollen).

best of luck - Lisa

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:31 PM

I used to get hayfever quite badly but this year I have just had a bit of sneezing now and again and my eyes have felt a little itchy. Not like I would need a hayfever tablet though.
I was also a little allergic to cats a few years ago but now I'm not allergic at all. We now have 3 cats of our own and another 3 feral cats that are in and out of the house all the time.
I can't say for sure if paleo has helped with the allergies or not.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:14 PM

It depends how you define allergies. I have cured eczema attacks and many immunity problems only with vitamin D3, salt, sugar and calcium. For example, I used to get bad problems with several foods, like milk, chocolate, orange juice, ... and tolerate them quite well now. Milk is still tricky. I have to use a lot of salt, sugar, ... to not get acid reflux or sneeze from it. As my libido, sleep, mood, energy, ... improve with milk, and I also sweat from it (I consider this good), I really want to keep drinking it.

I've been in touch with someone that had constant reactions after every meal. I told her to eat salt, and to take vitamin D3, and to eat a lot of sugar with every meal. She hasn't had any reactions since she started that.

As me (and she too) easily have low blood sugar (constant low blood sugar on blood tests), I think we were just making it worse by eating lots of protein without sugar.

I haven't had seasonal allergies either during the whole year, while I normally had them every year, and my father still has them.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:01 PM

When I say sugar, I mean strained orange juice which is paleo. Besides, like I said, I react very well to milk if I combine it with salt and sugar. When I eliminated all the problematic foods, I didn't have allergies, but I woke up several times at night with a pounding heartbeat, I was very susceptible to stress, was quite tired throughout the day, ... I tried safe starches, but my belly didn't like them at all. I react very well to pure sugar and several types of fruit. I desperately need a peatarian forum, because the paleo-reenactment idea is getting a bit on my nerves :D.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on April 29, 2012
at 03:22 PM

@Korion - Peatarian forums! http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=419742 and http://www.functionalps.com/forum/index.php

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(115)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:34 PM

salt and suger?? that doesn't seem paleo at all. if you're body are reacting negative to food, then maybe you shouldn't eat it. just sayin'.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:31 AM

Thanks Phoenix, and http://peatarian.com looks promising too...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:05 PM

I said sugar instead of strained orange juice because I know its the sugar : I've experimented with pure sugar when I was out of oranges several time, and still experiment with it. I haven't had a sugar low in a long time now. Last time I had it was when I ate lots of gelatin and meat with a bit of veggies, but without any other carbs. At that time I developed red patches on my extremities, face and elbows.

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on February 03, 2014
at 04:45 PM

I have been allergic to cats all my life and this past weekend I sat on a friends couch COVERED with cat hair an had no reaction. I can't believe it. In the past I would have to constantly take benadryl and still have a runny nose and watery eyes. I have been Primal for over a year now.

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on February 03, 2014
at 04:43 PM

I have been allergic to cats all my life and this past weekend I sat on a friends couch COVERED with cat hair an had no reaction. I can't believe it. In the past I would have to constantly take benadryl and still have a runny nose and watery eyes. I have been Primal for over a year now.

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on September 06, 2013
at 10:09 PM

I tried reducing allergies (dust, pollen, pet, grass) by using Paleo (avoiding grains, sugar, etc.) but didn't have any noticeable effect unfortunately. More power to those that get it to work. Guess I'll have to be satisfied with all the weight I lost and have kept off.

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I think that it totally depends on the individual. Can Paleo cure allergies? Yes, in some cases, but this is dependant on a number of things including the type of allergy condition we are talking about. For some lucky people, all they have to do is eat paelo to cure seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, with many people there are more complex things happening in their bodies like possibly leaky gut and SIBO, that something more than Paleo is required to fix.

I will say that my wife cured her asthma (similar mechanisms to seasonal allergies) simply by going paleo; however, my seasonal allergies are still bothering me. Not as much, but still very noticeable.

I have wrote about it a few times on my blog actually:

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/03/01/seasonal-allergies-are-probiotics-the-cure/ http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/06/24/seasonal-allergies-revisited-vitamin-d-to-cancer/

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on September 06, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Hi I would like to know how long it took to see improvements on a Paleo Diet for allergies and asthma.

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on October 21, 2014
at 07:55 PM

I have a kitten and have been moderately allergic to cats my whole life -- not super allergic and nothing I couldn't live with, but I got red, itchy eyes and a runny nose a lot. I used to take allergy pills when my eyes were unbearably itchy -- sometimes every day, sometimes every few days, depending on how much time I spent cuddling my cat that day. I haven't taken a single pill since I went paleo, so I would say not very long :)

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