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Do you Bruise anymore?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I'm not sure exactly what's changed, but my ability to bruise seems gone...

I was playing Ultimate Frisbee, leaped up at 45deg full sprint, collided with another guy doing the same opposite direction... I was a little higher up and my lower thigh crashed his hip... HARD. We both went down.

Now a day later, it's so sore that it hurts to walk and I can't squat, but 0 swelling, 0 bruising.

Looking for why and other anecdotes of similar situations pre or post paleo.

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on November 06, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I love your answer Travis, makes me feel like there's hope for us as a species.

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:09 AM

(That's just a straight up compliment; obviously you read!)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Travis, how the heck did you become so learned?

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

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on June 13, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I recently put my 74 year old mother on a paleo diet. Her arms used to be almost entirely purple from bruising. 2 months later she has barely a bruise and her skin is tauter and smoother. She's also cleared up a multitude of other issues (she's starting to grow her hair back after going almost completely bald from alopecia, no more diarrhea, etc) I used to also bruise very easily- I'm pretty rough and tumble, but now I only get a bruise when I've REALLY done something. At the very least if you could get your mother to try gluten-free the improvement should be pretty convincing to her.

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on February 07, 2011
at 02:33 AM

Intersting...and surprising, in a way, if I think that people who take blood thinners have a tendency to bruise very easily.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:31 AM

How long wild paleo Mel?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

I've found I collide less in a hurry, I used to do that too

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

I get K in spades. Grassfed beef, liver, butter, eggs all pastured and K-rich. Maybe

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I still have my spider veins. :(

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on February 06, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Travis, 100% agree!

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on February 06, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I think a lot of what we had for our whole lives considered to be "normal" was actually the human body in a degraded state. I've noticed that cuts heal quicker, muscles recover faster from workouts, what once was tiring is hardly noticeable etc. I used to marvel at the idea of a hunter-gatherer being able to survive in "the wild" because I couldn't imagine my compromised body taking the beating. I now see that they weren't similarly compromised. Humans actually aren't, by their nature, made of such flimsy materials.

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on February 06, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Travis, 100% agree!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Travis, how the heck did you become so learned?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:09 AM

(That's just a straight up compliment; obviously you read!)

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(5639)

on November 06, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I love your answer Travis, makes me feel like there's hope for us as a species.

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on February 06, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Another aspect of the paleo eating lifestyle is that the blood vessels, veins, capillaries slowly become more pliable and elastic. Thus when the body is abused, the veins and capillaries have some give and do not break as easily to leak blood under the skin.

Also the vascular system is not as rigid due to some microscopic removal of plaque that had been layed down before elimination of non paleo foods such as wheat and sugar. Also the vascular system has opened up a tiny, tiny bit thus allowing more blood to flow with less effort by the heart muscle.

The resulting increased flow of blood, the pliability and less rigid vascular system due to changing to a paleo eating lifestyle are aspects of why people are able to correct their high blood pressure with diet alone.

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on October 18, 2011
at 12:46 AM

The strict Paleo diet is rich in Vitamin K if proper animal sources are used which increases platelet counts and as a result bruising is decreased. Therefore, it is the increased vitamin K intake that made the change for most of you.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/411201-bruising-vitamins/

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I still bruise, but I've always been bruising very easily, and I am a terrible klutz, bumping into stuff all the time ;-) I think I do bruise less, though. I think in addition to strengthening the blood vessels, there is also the role of vit.K. My mother bruises extremely easily, just from slight squeeze she gets big purple spots. I remember that she was told it's partially b/c of deficiency in vit.K. Maybe improvement in that field also helps?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

I get K in spades. Grassfed beef, liver, butter, eggs all pastured and K-rich. Maybe

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

(1623)

on June 13, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I recently put my 74 year old mother on a paleo diet. Her arms used to be almost entirely purple from bruising. 2 months later she has barely a bruise and her skin is tauter and smoother. She's also cleared up a multitude of other issues (she's starting to grow her hair back after going almost completely bald from alopecia, no more diarrhea, etc) I used to also bruise very easily- I'm pretty rough and tumble, but now I only get a bruise when I've REALLY done something. At the very least if you could get your mother to try gluten-free the improvement should be pretty convincing to her.

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on February 06, 2011
at 11:54 PM

I was actually wondering about this very thing this week. I'm training for my black belt in karate and all of my training partners are covered with bruises. Even after a session with a lot of contact the most I have is one or two very faint bruises on my arms. My partners show me their arms the next day and they're covered in black and blue!

I was wondering why I bruise so much less, so it's interesting to think it's because of eating paleo.

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:17 PM

I also bruise easily and often run into things (walls, my other foot). I still have bruises, but they seem to skip the "new bruise" phase and go directly to "faded yellow-ish bruise." I also have a couple spots where I expect to see a bruise because it is tender, but nothing at all is there.

I was just noticing this over this past weekend, so it hasn't been nearly long enough to attribute it to Paleo, but I will keep an eye on this. 8)

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I've always bruised extremely easily, I'm not exactly clumsy, but I am always in a hurry! ;) I have a tendency to bounce off walls and run into things. I hadn't really thought about the fact that I don't really bruise anymore, but I used to be covered in them and on a thorough check of my body, I don't have any anymore!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:30 AM

I've found I collide less in a hurry, I used to do that too

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on February 06, 2011
at 09:41 PM

I've been wondering about this myself over the last week or so.

I used to bruise like a peach. I'd always have bruises up and down my legs. I could never remember specifically getting them, they'd always just be there. It was even a joke amongst me and my friends; they'd poke me gently and then I'd chastise them because "that's going to leave a bruise!!"

Now - hardly a bruise in sight. I'd wondered if maybe Paleo had anything to do with it. Good to know others have experienced the same thing.

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on February 06, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Good point. I hadn't thought of it but I used to have bruises on me all the time from hiking and carrying things. Now I don't have any and haven't for quite some time. Hmm.

Supposedly bruising is called by damaged or weak capillaries leaking blood into the surrounding tissues. The weaker the capillary walls, the more likely you are to bruise. Certain blood problems also increase tendency to bruise. Increased tendency to bruise is also considered a normal part of aging.

It would actually make sense that if we improve our overall health, decrease toxin load, decrease N6 intake, etc, which are all known or suspected of improving overall health and cardiovascular health, this could also manifest in lessened tendency towards capillary bleeding.

Increased skin thickness and toughness will also lesson tendency to scratch, bruise or bleed. The greater thickness of the skin gives better protection to the capillaries. It is said that thinning skin is a normal part of aging, but I know that Mark Sisson has talked in the past about him seeming to have better skin thickness than others his age, thus tending to badly throw off the skin pinch test they like to use for determining body fat percentage. Apparently, the same thickness of pinch in an older person compared to a younger person is calculated differently because they assume that older people have thinner skin and therefore they calculate more fat in the older person, even if the same amount of skin is pinched.

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:05 PM

i've only been paleo 3 weeks and all my bruises are gone! I was usually covered on arms and legs from simple bumps (and I am a bit clumsy) but they have disappeared. My husband wont have reason to refer to me as "his little peach" anymore ;-)

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on February 07, 2011
at 04:19 PM

I used to bruise easily also. And, I know that I was always borderline anemic. Now, I hardly bruise at all, and if I do, it doesn't stick around as long. I wonder if it's due to the higher protein consumption and the iron in it... and I wonder how I would test with me being borderline anemic... hhhmmmm

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on February 06, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Could these physiological changes translate to an improvement in varicose and spider veins?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:31 AM

How long wild paleo Mel?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 07, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I still have my spider veins. :(

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on February 06, 2011
at 05:08 PM

I have noticed the same thing about myself. I used to get bruises on my arms just from carrying things. Now, I simply don't bruise anymore. I chalk it up to higher protein intake having strengthened my capilaries.

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on October 18, 2011
at 07:52 AM

It is literally impossible for me to bruise myself. It's like magic.

I got knocked off my road bike last year. I was doing about 30 mph (downhill obviously) and a car turned in front of me. I hit the side of the car, went over the bonnet then hit the road. I was sore for a month and had the worst gravel rash, but not so much as a hint of a bruise.

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:10 AM

I still bruise, but far less, and I heal much, much faster. Also I don't sunburn as easily, either.

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on October 18, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Adding zinc (picolinate 50 mg) made the biggest difference for me.

I dance contact improv 1-2x a week. Lots of opportunity for bruising. Until a month ago, prior to zinc supplementation, (I eat very little shellfish) I was still bruising "normally". After adding in the zinc, I've noticed sore knees, but no bruising & the soreness goes away really fast.

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