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What are the real health benefits of eating a Paleo Diet?
Like most people, you may have heard of the Paleo diet but have not truly understood what it actually entails and haven’t comprehended or grasped the benefits. In this article, I will explain what it is, provide an explanation of what eating a Paleo diet means and why it is so beneficial. Other common names for the Paleo diet are the Palaeolithic diet, The Stone Age diet, or The Caveman diet.
When discussing the benefits of a Paleo diet it’s important to understand what it is and what it isn’t. Firstly, it’s not so much a diet per se, more a way of eating without counting calories or doing endless workouts to reduce weight. Most people associate dieting with having to follow a strict eating regimen to be healthy, lose weight, and keep in shape. That’s not what happens with Paleo.
If we go back to the origination of the word diet, it’s root stems from the Greek word “diaita,” which means “way of life.” Paleo is about eating the way our hunter-gatherer ancestors did, eating mostly meat, fish. fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other foods that our bodies can metabolize well. Raw foods like nuts, berries, and any type of plant food are best and you’re advised to cut down on dairy and avoid processed food which contain chemicals, preservatives, and free radicals.
Ten thousand years ago there was no such thing as dropping down to your local supermarket to fill your trolley with a week’s supply of food. Instead, our ancestors had to go hunting, gathering, and fishing for food, they ate real whole food like fish, grass-fed animals, wild berries, nuts, and seeds. When they wanted added flavor they added wild herbs, they couldn’t go to the cupboard for a bottle of sauce. So for simplicity, if it comes in a bottle or on a plastic tray with lots of ingredients then it probably ain’t gonna be Paleo, I hope this makes sense.
The Paleo diet is quite simply about eating the natural whole foods our ancestors ate, optimizing our bodies to reduce the likelihood of getting sick, or developing chronic health conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancers, Diabetes, Obesity, Cardio Vascular problems, Rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis.
The benefits of eating a Paleo diet are quite significant, let’s take a look at some of the obvious ones.
Overall appearance: The Paleo diet is not focused on building muscle mass, done right it ought to give you a leaner physique. By eating the Paleolithic way don’t be surprised if you get lots of attention from the opposite sex because you are going to look a whole lot livelier, sexier, and feel a bit younger as well.
Improve blood flow: The Paleo diet recommends replacing meat with fish as much as possible. According to the American Hearth Association eating fish, particularly small oily fish, twice a week will help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Oily fish contain long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. (EPA and DHA) Studies show a high blood flow allows nutrients to be delivered to the parts of the body that need it most and improves circulation to the brain.
Increased energy: By reducing your sugar intake and opting for slow release carbohydrates your energy levels will increase. Start your day off with a couple of avocados on sweet potatoes or a paleo porridge (coconut flour, chia seeds, and ground flaxseed) topped with blueberries, which will give you a steady flow of energy right up until lunchtime so you shouldn’t feel the need to grab that bar of chocolate for a top up. By switching from a diet dominated with empty carbohydrates (i.e. carbs with no nutritional value, purely a source of energy) like cookies, cakes, soda, white bread and replacing these with nutritious carbs such as beans, lentils, brown rice, fruits, and vegetables you will have a steady flow of energy throughout the day in addition to aiding your digestive system by including fibrous roughage.
Improved digestion: Our bodies were never designed to process factory-produced foods composed heavily of flour, grains, refined sugars, and trans fats. By eating this type of food you are more to likely to suffer from low energy, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease than those who chose a healthier way of life. Adopting the Paleo way of life is a sure fire way of getting a balanced array of lean protein, healthy fats, with slow-release, low GI, fibrous carbohydrate.
Better hair, skin and nails: Eating nutrient rich carbohydrates, goods fats and low fat protein from fish will result to a significant improvement in your hair quality and shine, nail strength and thickness, and your skin will stay clear and become more radiant too.
Slows down the ageing process: Eliminating processed foods and replacing them with wholesome nutritious fresh foods keeps your body functioning at optimal levels. Be sure and drink plenty of water to lubricate your joints and flush toxins away from your body, aim to drink two and a half litres of water every day if you can, more if you are a man.
The Immune System: Raw nuts and seeds have lots of nutrients which are needed to be absorbed and used by the body, they also contribute to how you look and feel. By eating lots of raw nuts and seeds, and other high fibrous foods will help to boost your immune system.
It’s not easy changing the habits of a lifetime, grabbing a convenient ready-made meal and tempting sugary snacks is all too common in order to give you a quick fix. However, the long-term effects of eating like this are not good, so the secret to helping you get to your best self is to plan your meals ahead. Always have a good variety of washed, ready to eat raw cut washed vegetables, have a nice selection of fruits, nuts, and seeds to hand and in no time at all you will experience a healthier, brighter, more energetic you.