TPV Podcast, Episode 186, Staying Paleo when Sick

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Ep. 186, Staying Paleo when Sick

On this episode of The Paleo View, Stacy and Sarah share tips on how to both continuously work towards healing through a Paleo diet and lifestyle, while also treating an illness, like a cold or virus.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 186, Staying Paleo when Sick

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (1:18)
    • Spring has sprung in both Stacy’s and Sarah’s towns – their fear for what this may mean for an unexpected late snowfall
    • Stacy is finally back among the walking and actually ate a meal since falling dead to the stomach flu on Sunday
    • How Sarah is managing her severe lung infection at this point
    • Sarah’s reflection on the moments in life when she has listened to her body, and the times when she has ignored it
    • Sarah’s thoughts on blending diet and lifestyle with western medicine practices
    • How difficult it can sometimes be to listen to your own body
    • The topic for this week’s show is centered around the topic of staying Paleo when sick and how to recover
  • Science with Sarah (22:35)
    • Sarah is often asked about how to mitigate the effects of taking antibiotics, so would like to discuss how to recover from treating an illness
    • Antibiotics are an issue because they are not specific, they kill a wide range of bacteria
    • One of the first bacteria that antibiotics encounter is the bacteria that is living in our digestive tracks, which is why gastrointestinal issues are a common side effect of taking antibiotics
    • All that the gut bacteria is responsible for in maintaining our overall health and wellness
    • When we kill all our gut bacteria we can experience diarrhea, bloating, gas, stomachaches, nausea, and changes in taste preferences
    • Studies show that being on antibiotics once creates an irreversible loss of biodiversity in the gut micro biome – however, more studies should be done to test this over a greater stretch of time to look at this point further
    • While taking antibiotics you want to take high doses of probiotics, and you want to stagger the probiotics as far away from your antibiotics as you can
    • There is not a general consensus on serving size recommendations, but the ‘more the better’ mentality is perfectly safe
    • The probiotics are not replacing what the antibiotics are killing, the incoming probiotics are coming into the system to keep the good gut bacteria jobs still going
    • After the course of antibiotics, you want to focus on recovering the micro biome and on rebuilding the bacteria diversity by feeding a diversity of fiber to your gut micro biome in a moderate fat environment – and you do this to tolerance
    • You also want to practice patience with the process, know that it takes a lot of time to reestablish that gut micro biome diversity
  • Questions & Answers (35:28)
    • Cat – in need of some ideas on how to continue with an autoimmune protocol diet when sick
      • Look at AIP friendly baked recipes like plantain muffins, baked apples, etc.
      • Try getting broth in
      • If you eat something like a Ritz cracker, your body not only has to fight the illness, but the additional inflammation of the food you are introducing when your body is already going haywire
      • Smoothies with collagen peptides would be very beneficial
      • Giving ourselves permission to take medication that will help us feel better
    • Tammy – recommendations on how to treat a cold needed
      • When Stacy opts to take medicine to treat a cold – it is after neti potting and lots of sleep just aren’t working
      • Stacy was careful to check her cold treatment ingredients and chose a Tylenol version because of her autoimmune condition
      • Sarah’s thoughts on zpacks and other commonly recommended cold treatments
      • Sarah takes medicine for colds when her ability to sleep is being compromised
      • Again, don’t look at having to take medication as a failure or a setback, but also be sure to not let medication stop you from continuing the pursuit of health through diet and lifestyle
  • Thanks everyone for tuning in!
  • Outro (56:11)

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