Paleo Can Improve Your Health
The Paleo diet is a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free and sugar-free diet based on the foods that humans ate as they evolved. The staple foods of the Paleo diet are seasonal vegetables and fruits, free-range fowl and their eggs, wild-caught fish and seafood, grass-fed beef, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds. Processed and refined foods, such as bread, baked goods, pasta, cookies, sugar and soft drinks, are eliminated. All of this makes the Paleo diet a low-carb diet with moderate protein and high-fat content.
The Paleo diet can help you lose weight by targeting your fat stores. As explained in “The Paleo Solution,” carbohydrates, by triggering the release of insulin, stimulate both hunger and fat storage. The Paleo diet is low in carbs, and people wanting to lose weight should further decrease their carb intake by limiting fruits to no more than 1 to 2 servings a day and eliminating tubers. By lowering your carb intake, your blood sugar and insulin levels will be lowered, which will help your body start burning its own fat instead of being in a fat-storage mode.
Type 2 Diabetes
The Paleo diet, with its lower carb content, can help you improve your blood sugar levels and decrease your blood insulin levels. A study published in 2007 in the journal “Diabetologia” compared the Paleo diet to the Mediterranean diet in subjects with heart disease diagnosed with glucose intolerance — prediabetes — or type 2 diabetes. The results showed a reversal of the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetics after following the Paleo diet for 12 weeks, with an improved glucose tolerance shown to be independent of the decreased waist circumference of the participants in the Paleo group.
Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo and lupus are some of the autoimmune disorders that can be alleviated by following the Paleo diet. Foods such as grains, gluten, dairy and legumes contain compounds that can irritate your gut lining, allowing large particles of undigested food to enter your bloodstream. Because your body does not recognize these particles as its own, the result is that your immune system is triggered. By constantly stimulating your immune system, your body may start attacking your organs, resulting in autoimmune disorders. The Paleo diet eliminates all foods that have the potential of irritating your intestines, and it can help you resolve, or at least alleviate, your autoimmune condition, according to “The Paleo Solution.”
Although the Paleo diet does not meet the dietary reference intakes when it comes to calcium, eating Paleo can help you maintain healthy bones. Providing your body with a lot of calcium is necessary if you eat a standard American diet because of the net acid load produced by the large amounts of grains; cheeses; salted, processed foods and fatty meats; and the lack of vegetables and fruits. A net acid load promotes calcium excretion and bone demineralization, according to Dr. Loren Cordain, world’s leading expert on Paleolithic nutrition and author of “The Paleo Diet.” The Paleo diet encourages replacing acid-producing foods with an abundance of vegetables and fruits, which results in a better acid/base balance and reduces the amount of calcium your lose. The Paleo diet helps you maintain a better calcium balance so your bones can stay healthy, even if you don’t get as much calcium.
“The Paleo Solution”; Robb Wolf; 2010
Robb Wolf: Paleo Overview
The Paleo Diet: Frequently Asked Questions
“Diabetologia”; A Palaeolithic Diet Improves Glucose Tolerance More Than a Mediterranean-Like Diet in Individuals With Ischaemic Heart Disease; S. Lindeberg, et al.; May 2007
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