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Old 10-05-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I went completely vegetarian about 3-4 years ago after being on a pescatarian+chicken diet for 5 years. I hadn't noticed until recently, but I have not gotten a full-blown cold in three years. Even the occassional sniffles and watery eyes went away once I stopped eating ice cream and I replaced my cereal/drinking milk with soymilk.

Granted, I still get violent 1-2 day stomach bugs every few months, but I haven't had the common cold in a very long time. Is this something that other veg*ns have experienced?
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Brusssels
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Yes, they disappeared - especially once I started adding more raw foods (green smoothie every morning) to my diet.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Yes I have! Eating more fruits and veggies has also helped. Dairy of any sort is becoming rare in my diet - as is the common cold!
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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Vegetarian is not helpful enough for me because dairy irritates my sinuses too much. If I lay off dairy AND meat AND sugar, I am free of the dreaded rhinovirus.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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I don't get sick often at all. I did catch an infection earlier this month, but I was in the hospital for a bad leg injury, and being under strain and in such a germy environment, I'm not surprised I got sick. It cleared up after a day or two though.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:10 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Being healthy and having a strong immune system will reduce illness. Getting all the nutrients, etc., you need, will accomplish this regardless of diet. Reducing contact with people helps too.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:36 PM
 
Location: wrong planet
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I very rarely get sick. Eating lots of veggies and fresh fruit is important, but I also think avoiding the flesh of dead animals helps. You are what you eat.... IMHO.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:24 PM
 
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I've been a vegetarian for many years, and I haven't gotten sick in a long time. *knock on wood*
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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When the kids were pre-school to about 3rd or 4th grade, I'd get a nasty cold(kneel'n or sit'n at the throne) about every yr. Since then I've had no problems. We probably ate better when they were young then we do now, due to sports and other school activities.

So I say it has to be the neighbor kids' fault!!!

Since the kids are older, harder to wrestle, I now have the chiropractor on speed dial.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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When the kids were pre-school to about 3rd or 4th grade, I'd get a nasty cold(kneel'n or sit'n at the throne) about every yr. Since then I've had no problems. We probably ate better when they were young then we do now, due to sports and other school activities.

So I say it has to be the neighbor kids' fault!!!

Since the kids are older, harder to wrestle, I now have the chiropractor on speed dial.

Same experience with pre-school germs here. Son was always sick and bringing it home. Then I started homeschooling and we stayed healthier for a little while. Then the kids from swim team and scouts would attend everything sick and pass it on to our family. Why don't people stay home when they get sick?

I became a vegetarian about 4 years ago and keep telling my family that I never get sick because of my nutrition. I haven't had a cold since although my meat eating husband and son (now in college) eat as much meat as they can get. They get EVERYTHING that's going around...often getting 2 very bad colds per winter each plus the flu and I stay healthy through it all never catching it from them. So I believe veggies have improved my immune system.
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