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The Paleo Diet: What our caveman ancestors can teach us about health and wellbeing

Posted by Rita Texeira on 29 November 2013
The Paleo Diet: What our caveman ancestors can teach us about health and wellbeing

While we often refer to our early caveman ancestors as “simple”, their simplistic diet of eating only what they could hunt or gather had incredible health benefits that we, in our complex society could learn from.

Only eating foods that were readily available like fresh meats, fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils like olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed, not processed foods and products from the agricultural era like dairy, grains or legumes, it's no wonder diseases and conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity didn’t exist.

The Paleo diet or caveman diet as it's often called is about following their early example and eating wholesome, contemporary foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era to improve our health and wellbeing.

So why should you give it a go? Here are just six of the benefits you can experience when you follow the Paleo diet.

1. Eliminate toxins and get all the vitamins and minerals you need

The Paleo diet consists of real, whole foods so you eliminate nasties like preservatives, hidden sugars, sodium, additives, colours and flavors. But not only do you exclude unnecessary toxins from your diet, you also consume more nutrients.

Vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, berries and fruit are all full of minerals and vitamins. Combine consuming more of these foods with avoiding irritating grains and legumes and you also improve your gut health and nutrient absorption levels. By eating a rainbow of foods you’ll get all of the nutrients and vitamins you need for your body to thrive.

2. Lose weight and sustain your weight loss

Often just by removing processed foods and lowering carbohydrates you can experience weight loss, but that is only the beginning.

The types of foods you consume on the Paleo diet are those that are proven to boost your metabolism and immune system as well as help your body burn more fat. Combine this with living an active lifestyle and you will not only lose weight, you’ll keep it off.

3. Eliminate or reduce allergies

Because you are minimising or avoiding many of the foods that are considered central allergens (foods that appear regularly in your diet on a daily basis that your body has an intolerance to) like dairy products and grains, you can find that your allergy symptoms are greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.

4. Reduce bloating and improve digestion

Sugar, processed foods and unhealthy fats can cause inflammation in our intestinal tracts and make us feel sluggish as we have trouble digesting them.

The Paleo diet provides lots of fiber, single ingredient foods that are easy to digest and a small intake of sodium which can help decrease bloating. This along with adequate water intake will reduce your bloating and digestive issues.

5. Reduce inflammation and increase system function

Healthy fats are essential in maintaining healthy arteries, brain function, healthy skin, as well as decreasing systemic inflammation and reducing the risk of diabetes and even cancer.

On the Paleo diet you get healthy saturated fat from grass fed meat, poultry, seafood, butter and coconuts. You also get plenty of monounsaturated fat and a small amount of polyunsaturated fats from olive oil, nuts and seeds, a healthy ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids and no trans fats. 

6. Look and feel great

When you start rewarding your body with healthy, clean food, your body will reward you too. You will you look and feel great – often better than you ever have before. But not only that, your taste buds will actually come to life. You’ll find that food has even more flavour, tastes even better and can be an even greater pleasure than before.

So what do you think is it worth a try? If you would like some more information on the Paleo diet of if you have any questions you’d like answered, please feel free to comment below or contact us on 1300 744 123.
Author: Rita Texeira
Tags: Paleo Diet Nutrition

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