The word Paleo is derived from the Paleolithic era of the early human beings that survived on organic, all natural sources of their food, Therefore a Paleo diet consists of all types of foods that were consumed by the early human beings like fruits, vegetables, fish etc. excluding any type of dairy or processed foods. Studies have shown that the diseases of today like heart diseases, obesity, cancer etc. have risen from mutated genes due to maladaptation to the diet of the new western culture.
For someone who might be hearing about the Paleo diet for the first time, it basically consists of the following Do’s and Don’ts
Do’s: Seafood, eggs, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, healthy vegetable fats like coconut oil, olives, almonds etc. lean meat like grass fed.
Don’ts: Refined sugars, dairy, processed foods, legumes, grains, refined oils, vegetables with starch e.g potatoes
If you still find it hard to be convinced, here are 5 more reasons why you should switch to a Paleo diet for a healthier body.
The Paleolithic humans only ate organic produce and food that was found and grown naturally without any additive ingredient or chemical for preservation or flavor. If you follow a Paleo diet it strictly means that you cannot eat anything that is processed from factories, no additives or preservatives and no meat with hormones or growth stimulants in it.
The biggest plus point of a Paleo diet is that with all the fruits, vegetables and organic intake you will be getting, you can shed that stubborn weight. One thing to appreciate here is that there will be no intermittent fasting, no forceful diet plans, none of that. Just pure and simple organic foods that will naturally help you lose weight without making it seem like work. The key is to balance your protein and fat intake with each meal.
The early Homo sapiens only fed on natural foods and vegetables and yet seldom developed severe diseases that most humans today are affected by. A pure organic diet is rich in vitamins C and E (very healthy for the skin) and a whole bunch of antioxidants that not only strengthen your immune system and the ability to fight disease but also improve your skin and lighten any blemishes by detoxifying your body.
A Cure for your Acne:
Historical studies suggest that prehistoric humans had not developed acne as their lifestyle was uninfluenced and was pure in all forms. Diseases like obesity, cardiac diseases, and hypertension did not exist either. Their whole intake consisted of fruits and vegetables that contained vitamins and anti-oxidants and primarily these are the main constituents in anti-acne medication. Staying away from sugars, alcohol, dairy and cereal grains can immensely improve your acne.
Reduced Insulin Resistance:
Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels and in diabetic patients, cells become resistant to the effects of insulin. A Paleo diet can help increase insulin sensitivity in the body and has been termed more affected than an ADA diet.