I’ve made it through November without getting sick for the first time in years! Pretty much every year, since I was a kid, I always got sick in/around November. From strep, to bronchitis, to viral infections…hardcore stuff. The other day I realized it was already December, then I realized I made it through November without getting sick, and THEN I realized I haven’t been sick since starting Paleo! I may have woken up with a sore throat once or twice, but nothing more than that. Could it be coincidence, sure…but I’m attributing it to eating clean. It’s been 4 amazing months and 1 amazing day so far! Will I ever go back to eating the way I used to before this? No.
I think I’ve managed to stay healthy since cutting out all of the foods that I have. It takes a lot of stress off of my immune system. The grains, legumes and processed foods can (and will) cause damage. They cause our intestines to become permeable…allowing for “bad stuff” to get into our bloodstream (this shouldn’t really happen). When this happens, our immune systems fight them off because they recognize that they shouldn’t be there. When your immune system is consumed with fighting off these proteins and foreign bodies (that can be avoided), unfortunately, it has no other time to fight off actually illness. Need to keep that gut flora in check! Our immune systems are adaptive. They sometimes falsely recognize the “bad stuff” as good stuff, and conversely attack the “good stuff”; autoimmunity follows. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Leaky gut contributes to all kinds of autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
My gut flora has been so balanced and awesome. I do not miss the bloat whatsoever. Forgot what it was like. Sometimes I sit and wonder where it went…and try to imagine what it felt like and if I’ll ever feel it again…then I snap out of it and think…why would I ever wonder what that feels like ever again? haha I digress.
Basically, all I’m saying is that Paleo may be the factor that kept me healthy during the time that I’ve always been most susceptible to getting sick. Only time will tell for sure. I wonder if this lifestyle will have any effect on my allergies. I won’t know until the spring time though.
I shared one of my SCOBYs with a friend today. She seems really into it…I’ll keep you posted on how she does. Keeping the lineage going, Noah! She loved the story!
“Exercise to be fit, not ‘skinny’, eat to nourish your body, and always ignore the haters, doubters, and unhealthy examples that were once feeding you. You are worth more than you realize.”