There are many health benefits associated with adopting the eating and lifestyle practices of our cave man ancestors, not least the reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease and weight related health concerns such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Taking steps to incorporate the ancient ways of Paleolithic diet times into modern life can bring the following:
- Increased energy – sugar induced "highs" and "lows" are replaced with an all-day energy balance. Fruits and vegetables provide a slow and steady release of energy which keeps you feeling physically and mentally "ready for action" throughout the day.
- Improved mental clarity and a more positive outlook on life in general.
- More restful sleep – also helping to boost your energy levels and your mood.
- Clearer skin – an improvement in overall complexion and often complete eradication of on-going skin conditions such as acne.
- Reduced allergies – symptoms of conditions such as eczema and asthma can be greatly alleviated.
- Reduced body fat stores – by increasing your fat intake and decreasing your carbohydrate intake, your body learns to burn fat for fuel. A diet high in carbs leads to raised insulin levels, which in turn causes your body to store fat. When fat is being stored, your body "craves" more carbs for fuel ... but more carbs leads to more fat storage! An added bonus of eating paleodiet foods is that as your body adapts to burning fat as its main fuel source, your workouts become much more efficient and long cardio sessions are no longer needed to help you get the lean, non-flabby physique you want.
Positive Benefits of the paleodiet
Removing processed foods from your daily diet removes a plethora of unnatural added ingredients such as preservatives, artificial colors and stabilizers that are scientifically linked to poor health concerns and food allergies. Less than 1 percent of the U.S. population has a true wheat allergy but it is thought that as many as 20 percent suffer from some form of wheat intolerance, highlighting the Paleodiet principle that our bodies are not genetically geared to eat and digest grains. The toxic properties of wheat, barley and rye grains are linked to the worldwide increase in obesity and the prevalence of diet related conditions such as gluten sensitivity, with National Institutes of Health statistics estimating that around 10 percent of the global population is currently suffering symptoms and that numbers are steadily growing.
Paleodiet Proof Positive!
There are a huge number of inspirational transformation stories all over the internet, including many that tell of "miraculous" changes in physical and mental health as a result of switching to a Paleodiet.
Asthma – Shannon, a U.S. based personal trainer and CrossFit instructor has commented on many Paleodiet related forums that she has seen remarkable improvements in her clients who choose to switch to a Paleodiet lifestyle, not only in terms of fat loss but also in terms of athletic performance. Many of her clients have initially relied heavily on inhalers to help them cope with the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma but after only a few weeks of Paleodiet, they are able to participate in exercise sessions without using an inhaler at all.
Acne – Penny from the U.K. is one of many Paleo "success stories" in that her 35 year battle with acne finally ended after only a few weeks of following a Paleodiet. Coping with acne at any stage of life can be emotionally challenging and for many teenagers it leads to long-term psychological as well as physical scarring. The realization that a simple dietary change was all that was needed to turn her life around permanently and provide the added bonus of effortlessly shedding a few unwanted pounds has given her a new lease of life!
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