Paleo and asthma

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 02, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Hi All,

I have asthma - or at least I did before I started eating Paleo.

I'm just 3 days in, so I want to get feedback from former asthma sufferers.

For those of you whose asthma didn't go away right off the bat, what did you supplement with? And how many/what unit per day?

I have seen vit D and magnesium. What quantities should I use if needed?

Any other feedback would be appreciated.


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on April 02, 2013
at 11:30 PM

I'm still taking my maintenance asthma meds, mostly because when I get in trouble it's very hard to get on top of it if I don't have maintenance levels going already. But since I've gone Paleo (going on 2 years) I've had only 1 moderate exacerbation, compared to 3 or 4 severe exacerbations in the years preceding going Paleo. And, that's ONE cold in the past two years, too--usually I'd have 5 or more each year. So I'm pretty impressed--this works!

I still take Advair twice daily, and Singulair at night. I have albuterol as a rescue inhaler, and I've used it very infrequently. I'm thinking of dropping the Singulair, as I don't think it does much for me at all. I also keep an additional inhaled steroid on hand to try to nip things in the bud if I'm starting to get sick, but have rarely had to use it.

I thought about weaning off all my meds if I made it through this winter without problems, but I didn't quite make it. I have the option of going off meds during the warmer weather, but my fear there is that I won't start up again in the fall/winter before I get sick, and that could be really bad. I was severely ill the winter before going Paleo--it threatened my livelihood since I'm self employed, and I've been too chicken to risk that again by stopping all my meds. Also, I get almost daily exposure to one of my triggers (fragrances), so the meds may be what's keeping me on an even keel.

I credit probiotics for bolstering my immune system. I make my own dairy kefir, beet kvass, sauerkraut, pickles, and yogurt, and try to have at least one serving of those each day. I also drink bone broth as often as I remember to. I supplement with Vitamin D (3000/day), Fish oil (1800 combined DHA and EPA/day) and Magnesium (300/day).

When I feel allergy or cold symptoms, I start a pot of broth, and load in the fluids. That often nips it in the bud. Paleo has made a HUGE difference for me, but at my age and health level, I'm not ready to stop meds entirely.



on April 02, 2013
at 08:24 PM

I needed to get my D3 blood level up to 80 ng/ml for my asthma to go away & stay away. This took about 3 months of supplementing 8,000 IUs, since my initial blood level was so low. YMMV, so get tested! More info at www.vitamindcouncil.org

I also supplement 350-500 mg Magnesium Citrate and make sure I get sufficient A and K2 from my diet.



on April 02, 2013
at 09:02 PM

I have/had asthma.

Pre-Paleo -- Diagnosed via x-ray and methacholine challenge. I was on allergy shots for 8 years no improvement. After that I went to two nasal sprays and two inhalers -- Problem solved, except I was on four daily medications just to manage and still showed inflammation in my lungs -- but I could run and exercise and was generally happy.

Post Paleo -- I continued all of the medication, after two months was showing very few symptoms (no nasal congestion in the morning, no flem, no weezing, etc) so I talked with my doctor. I went to one nasal spray (Astelin) and one rescue inhaler (Albuterol). After another month my doctor told me to start to ween off astelin over the course of two week. By April 2012 I was off astelin completely. Since that point I have not used it, and have only had to use the rescue inhaler once (due to a reaction to a severe cat allergy).

So my advice, continue to use your asthma medication as you would normally do. If you notice a reduction in the need to use it, talk with your doctor and build a plan to ween off.


on April 04, 2013
at 03:09 AM

Yeah, I find I don't need my meds (Singulair clone, QVAR, and albuterol) nearly as much. I haven't needed to take my Albuterol once. I didn't take it much anyway.

But as the maintenance meds, I like to kick them if I can. Since I take both Singulair and QVAR, it'd be nice to kick one of them. I'm sure my doc could advise me on a regimented plan to ease out of them.


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