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Sensitivity increase/decrease?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Sometimes I hear talk of improved resiliance through more time on Paleo (ie tolerance levels improve when accidents/cheats happen), but I don't think that's my experience.

I think over the few years I have done relaxed Paleo, symptoms during cheats etc have forced me to get more and more strict.

I now cannot tolerate beer, at all, I don't think. I had a rye sourdough phase, as an experiment, but that ended badly. I am aware of a short term negative reaction to seed oil.... Also I drank a load of sangria at a party at the weekend and it bloated me so badly that all my stomach ligaments are still giving me grief, on Tuesday lunchtime!

My overall health has unequivocally improved on Paleo; beyond recognition. But my ability to tolerate the spoils (read: poisons) of civilisation is more and more diminished. A year or so ago, I considered myself someone who could get away with dairy - now it's only in very small quantities and not very often, or it's a problem.

I don't mind this, as such, but it's an interesting phenomenon. Has anyone else got considerably more sensitive since quitting stuff like grains and dairy and whatnot?

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:03 AM

I had Flagyl and rifaximin for SIBO, but this is the wrong approach. I went to a special doctor (immunology) and he prescribed immunomodulators, a special prebiotic and then a course of probiotics. Then I had a special bacteria-eating drug (on my own, at my own risk).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:01 AM

Cass, your case sounds like mine. Get tested.

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:00 AM

I avoid eating gluten, but when I feel like it, I eat it. It happens naturally - if I come across something tasty with gluten, I eat it and nothing happens. No reaction. But I do not seek out gluten on purpose.

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on July 23, 2013
at 11:51 PM

I am glad you are feeling better. Did you have to take antibiotics to combat the bacterial infection? You say you can eat gluten now, but do you still avoid it? I think it's very interesting that the gut flora is basically the first line of defense when it comes to anything health related (thyroid, food allergies, etc.) I have stopped avoiding everything and instead plan on killing the baddies in my stomach and rebuilding my gut flora slowly.

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on July 23, 2013
at 09:18 PM

Hey,

I was just posting about this a few weeks ago. Before I went Paleo, I could eat a wide variety of foods - including gluten. Granted, everything wasn't exactly perfect which is why I decided to switch to a paleo diet in the first place. I felt hypoglycemic, half drugged up on carbs and sugar all the time, yadayadayada.

Anyways, I've been pretty strict paleo for about 8 months now.

Now, if I even -think- about eating gluten, I'm going to be sick. If I eat too much sugar, I get sick. If I eat eggs, I get sick. Sometimes when I eat nightshades, I get sick (kinda hit or miss with those ones). Avocados, sick. Nuts, sick. Dairy, sick. Bad oils, sick.

It's kind of ridiculous, actually. I'm 24 years old. I like going out to restaurants to eat, but 9/10, I'm going to get sick and spend the rest of the night wondering where the next bathroom is. If I eat too many carbs, I blow up like I'm a blimp.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, other than to say that I understand what you mean. If it's any help, I've been researching GAPs and FODMAPS and I'm taking the appropriate steps covered in trying to re-balance my body. Just today I made my first batch of bone broth, I went out and bought a huge bottle of probiotics, and I'm sticking to 'safe' foods. Today has also been the first day in a LONG time I've felt OK. So, there are options out there. You just have to do some research.

I hope there's a few people out there in the paleo-sphere that have better advice for you. :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:01 AM

Cass, your case sounds like mine. Get tested.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 23, 2013
at 07:56 PM

I am a strange case. But a very interesting one. I was getting sicker and sicker and Paleo was somewhat helping, but at one point I became so sensitive to everything that I was on all-meat diet for about four months. I was gluten and dairy intolerant. The heck, I was everything intolerant.

It turned out I had SIBO, giardiasis, pathogenic bacteria (golden staph, c. diff, etc). This was done by two independent labs and the doctors did not even recognize the symptoms! Two doctors even told me I needed a shrink. Although, when I brought the lab results to them they said that I was in a very bad shape.

After two months of intensive therapy I am no longer gluten or lactose intolerant. I can pretty much eat everything I want and not feel bad afterwords.

Life is full of surprises.

Here is my 3-piece advice:

  1. Don't trust ANY doctors - they are nothing but a bunch of uneducated snobbish money-sucking parasites. If any doctor out there is reading this - yes, that's what you are.

  2. Get tested for EVERYTHING. If it exists in nature, get tested for it. Genetic testing is the best. Use two different labs to rule out any possible discrepancies.

  3. Trust your body.

Love,

VB

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:03 AM

I had Flagyl and rifaximin for SIBO, but this is the wrong approach. I went to a special doctor (immunology) and he prescribed immunomodulators, a special prebiotic and then a course of probiotics. Then I had a special bacteria-eating drug (on my own, at my own risk).

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on July 23, 2013
at 11:51 PM

I am glad you are feeling better. Did you have to take antibiotics to combat the bacterial infection? You say you can eat gluten now, but do you still avoid it? I think it's very interesting that the gut flora is basically the first line of defense when it comes to anything health related (thyroid, food allergies, etc.) I have stopped avoiding everything and instead plan on killing the baddies in my stomach and rebuilding my gut flora slowly.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 24, 2013
at 05:00 AM

I avoid eating gluten, but when I feel like it, I eat it. It happens naturally - if I come across something tasty with gluten, I eat it and nothing happens. No reaction. But I do not seek out gluten on purpose.

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