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  • No Dairy, No Caffeine, No Grains - so what's up with this Sinus Infection?

    I'm in the midst of a pretty strong Paleo/Primal commitment - 18 days in. I've been getting back in to working out and I've weaned myself off of coffee so that I'm not tempted as usual to add heavy cream to my cup. I'm eating grass-fed beef, no grains, Omega-3 eggs - and because of all of this, I'm not adding Fish Oil to my supplements since I should be balanced or getting enough Omega 3 as is for any inflammation.

    Despite all of this, I have had a sinus infection for the past 4 days.

    When I went Paleo over a year ago, this was my saving grace in that it healed me of my chronic infections. Now this one has me stumped as to its cause.

    Any ideas out there?
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  • #2
    What's your sleep schedule like? Are you getting plenty of it? Also, how are your stress levels? These could be two important factors leading to a sinus infection even if you're eating well.
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    • #3
      Great points. I'm a single dad, recently divorced with about as much stress as the next guy. So, yes, that could be a piece of it although I have done my best to minimize that stress in the past few months. Sleep is another touchy subject. I try to nap on the weekend, but weekdays it's usually 6.5 to 7 hours per night.

      Thanks Paul
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      • #4
        Could it be seasonal allergies? I don't think 18 days of no inflammatory diet factors is enough to eliminate the allergic response to other things. Also, some people are sensitive to egg whites, and I find nuts leave me feeling clogged and stuffy.

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        • #5
          It is Spring...there are a lot of quick barometric pressure changes and humidity changes going on. It certainly could be playing a role.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by PrimalChat View Post
            Great points. I'm a single dad, recently divorced with about as much stress as the next guy. So, yes, that could be a piece of it although I have done my best to minimize that stress in the past few months. Sleep is another touchy subject. I try to nap on the weekend, but weekdays it's usually 6.5 to 7 hours per night.

            Thanks Paul
            Ooooh, also could you have picked something up from your kids? If they're in school, there's always a sick kid at school, and even if your kids didn't catch it, they could be carriers and make dear, stressed dad sick.

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            • #7
              Good job of eliminating dairy and coffee. Dairy is usually a large supporter of increased mucus in the body so by eliminating it we already know that it isn't the culprit. I'd increase your sleep by an hour. Are you getting enough vitamin D, magnesium, zinc? 4 days isn't that long and really a sinus infection isn't a big deal, I'd get the banana pudding out of there by doing a salt water flow if it's really bugging you otherwise no biggie.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
                Good job of eliminating dairy and coffee. Dairy is usually a large supporter of increased mucus in the body so by eliminating it we already know that it isn't the culprit. I'd increase your sleep by an hour. Are you getting enough vitamin D, magnesium, zinc? 4 days isn't that long and really a sinus infection isn't a big deal, I'd get the banana pudding out of there by doing a salt water flow if it's really bugging you otherwise no biggie.
                Dairy does not increase mucus in the body. Does milk make mucus worse? - Health & Wellbeing

                However, drinking extra fluids may help thin mucus out. I haven't had a sinus infection is awhile, but I used to take sudafed for them, which would help relieve the pressure a lot.
                Last edited by Lynna; 03-29-2011, 07:56 AM.

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                • #9
                  Eating strict paleo/primal doesn't guarantee you'll never get sick, it just helps your immune system and overall health so it's less likely. I'm betting one of the kids brought something home from school and with the elevated stress level, you've picked up the infection. Also, are you prone to sinus infections? My doctor was explaining that for some people, the way their sinuses are structured makes them more prone to sinus infections, so even if you're taking really good care of your health, you can get them more easily than other people. Apparently the neti pot thing helps, but I haven't been able to bring myself to try one yet.
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                  • #10
                    Sleep, fluids, allergies, seasonal - those are all good starts. I think I must have gotten to the point where I believed I was bullet-proof upon going Paleo since I've been so healthy when my nutrition is dialled in. I also neglected to admit another possibility - spending a few hours in my cold garage as I put up a pull up bar in my ceiling. Hmmmm...that must have played its part as well.

                    Thanks to you all - keep any other ideas coming.

                    Jeff
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                    • #11
                      This response is assuming (as stated in your question) that the cronic infections you suffer from are sinus infections? If they are then the following applies....if not, then just disregard

                      I was a recent sufferer from cronic sinus infections and "cold-like" allergy attacks. I began allergy immunotherapy drops and voila! problem solved. That having been said, what works best for me is this:

                      1. NielMed sinus rinse BOTTLE (very very very easy to use, unlike netti pots!) twice to three times a day ALWAYS even when symptoms disappear, and maybe more if having an "infection" flare up
                      2. Using a nasal passage/sinus anti-inflammatory (my doc gave me a steroid inhaler meant for lungs, which I shoot up my nose instead - instant relief from post-nasal drip and even "cold-like" sneezing/snot. I only use it when necessary during peak allergy times). See if your doc will prescribe one for flare-ups. They are a life saver for me!
                      3. Taking an allergy pill, drinking it with a whole glass of cold water. Follow up with another glass 30 minutes later.
                      4. Lightly coat the lower nasal passages with neosporin every night before bed when in an flare up. I don't know why this works, but it does. Thanks Doc. Don't work the q-tip up very far into your nasal passage, it isn't necessary.
                      5. Do NOT take decongestants. They are addicting to your sinuses and cause re-bound symptoms. Also this is the case with many of the nasal allergy sprays on the market.
                      6. If you are allergic to an animal, don't sleep with it. And either way wash all your bedding in hot water and dry on high heat. Get a mattress protector that is washable and do so frequently. Dust your room, vaccuum under the bed and in your room. Do the cleaning before changing the bedding so dust in the air when settling will get trapped in dirty sheets and you can wash it out. Open the window in your room for an hour or so, even if its cold outside.

                      Also, is there anything in specific that makes you think it is an infection? Green mucus does not always mean infection, just "old" snot that is growing bacteria. Get rid of the problem (snot) and *usually* there isn't a lingering infection. At least in my climate, allergy season is already in full swing, despite the snow and occasional freezing at night still.

                      Another thought, if only primal for 18 days, this WILL get better with time. Your body is still adjusting. AND its stressful just making the change to eating/living primal again. Don't quit this time!
                      Good luck!

                      P.S. If this is reoccuring, see an allergy/asthma specialist. They are your best resource, since *most* cases of cronic sinusitis are caused by allergies. Get tested, find out what you are allergic to. It isn't cheap, but the immunotherapy works. Going primal also works, but I find since I actually am much more allergic to dust and my cat than the outdoors, my allergies are year round. And no amount of primal alleviates all my allergy symptoms.
                      Last edited by EvansMom; 03-29-2011, 10:10 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lynna View Post
                        Dairy does not increase mucus in the body. Does milk make mucus worse? - Health & Wellbeing
                        from the same article:

                        ...taking people, especially children, off dairy products in the long term can have serious nutritional consequences and is inadvisable.
                        not sure I am one to trust everything in there as omnicient. After I gave up milk my mucus and congestion problems were eliminated. Might not be that way for everyone though?
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                        • #13
                          my 2cents would be allergies... I've have horrible allergies w/sinus "infection like" symptoms for about 2 weeks now... here in NoVA the trees are FORNICATING like the worlds going to end tomorrow! btwn the maples, dogwoods, cherry, apple, crab apple, oak and fracking "Tree of Heaven" (invasive species) OMG my sinuses are killing me...

                          have you tried doing neti pot rinses?
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                          • #14
                            Make sure your vitamin D is sufficient.
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                            • #15
                              Cold temperatures don't cause illness, but hot temperatures kill viruses (which is why your body will run a fever).

                              Seasonal allergies could be causing the problem.

                              What is the humidity level in your house? If it's less than 40% you should get a humidifier. Below that and your sinuses will dry out, rather than flushing out the sickness. Decongestants will cause the same problem. I used to take Mucinex to encourage mucus flow if nothing else was working.

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