These days, you practically can’t turn on the computer or walk through the grocery store without hearing or seeing the word “paleo.” This diet has taken strong hold in a variety of places because it is easy to follow, low in allergens, and designed to feed our bodies the foods it was built to use for energy. You may think the diet is good for you, but have you heard just how good it can be? Consider the following health benefits of following this popular diet, and you may find yourself a paleo follower as well.
Fulfilling Your Body’s Natural Needs
Almost every cell in your body depends on fat to survive. Both saturated and unsaturated fat are integral parts of the cell, and thus are a daily nutritional requirement. Additionally, the brain cannot grow of function properly without these good fats. Diets that are low in fat do not take this fact into account, and can end with your body starving for these vital nutrients. Paleo encourages a healthy intake of good fats like omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish and pasture-raised meats and eggs.
Because paleo encourages everyone to eat a diet full of a variety of vegetables and fruits, so nutritional deficiencies are reduced.
Protein is an essential nutrient that is used to build muscle mass. If you increase your muscle mass, you will in turn increase your metabolic rate. This drives the body to send energy to your muscle cells, instead of storing it as fat.
Improved Gut Health
As more research is done, it is becoming readily apparent that the gut is vital to the overall health of the body. Sugar and other processed grains and man-made fats can all cause inflammation within the gut, and can trigger something known as leaky gut syndrome. This occurs when the intestinal walls become porous and allow molecules to leave the gut and enter the body. This can cause severe health problems like allergies, intestinal issues, poor immune system and excessive fatigue.
After just two weeks practicing a paleo way of life, most people experience the following benefits:
- Improvement in insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels
- Increase in energy
- Decrease in total blood triglycerides
- Increase in total cholesterol/HDL ratio
- Better sleep
Although results may vary depending on your individual situation, your chances of living a healthier life are greatly increased when you follow the Paleo diet. GNS is dedicated to helping everyone live a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. Contact us for more information.