Why is the Paleo Diet Beneficial to Your Health?

Posted on 19. Feb, 2011 by in Paleo Diet

There are so many reasons why the Paleo Diet is beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing. The Paleo Diet is the oldest human diet on record and limits foods to only those that Paleolithic man ate. Or, more simply, if you can kill it with a spear or pick it off a tree, plant or bush, you can eat it. These foods are what our ancestors lived and thrived on and essentially what our bodies evolved to eat over millions of years. The Paleo Diet is also referred to as the “Caveman Diet”, the “Hunter Gatherer Diet”, the “Stone Age Diet” and more romantically by some as “the Garden of Eden Diet”.

Here are just a few great reasons to start incorporating the Paleo Diet into your life:

  • Increases intake of branched chain amino acids (BCAA). This benefits muscle development and overall anabolic function of your body.
  • Decreases the Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. It has been estimated that the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet of early humans was 1:1, but the ratio in the typical western diet is now almost 10:1 due to increased use of vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid as well as reduced fish consumption. Increasing the relative abundance of Omega 3 fatty acids may have positive health benefits.
  • Reduces tissue inflammation while promoting healing. This may include asthmatic conditions common in athletes.
  • Lowers body acidity. Reduces the catabolic effect of acidosis on bone and muscle while stimulating muscle protein synthesis. Acidosis is one of the main causes of low bone density. This is increasingly important with aging.
  • Is high in trace nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for optimal health and long term recovery from exercise. The most nutrient dense foods are vegetables and seafood. On average, vegetables have nearly twice the nutrient density of grains.

Here are additional positive effects on your body:

  • Leads to weight loss/control
  • Lessens the risk of diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, anti-immune diseases, and colorectal cancer
  • Prevents myopia, acne, and depression
  • Stops diseases relative to vitamin and mineral deficiency

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