The Paleo Diet

There are many diets making the rounds on the internet and in the news, each one offering an easy, healthy method of losing weight, getting healthy, and in many cases, repairing the damage that a modern diet does to your internal gut biome.  And while each of these diets has their benefits, not everyone is going to respond well to every diet.  Some diets may not be feasible on your budget, some may actually put your health at risk if you have any nutritional restrictions or health problems, and some are just painful to attempt.  Any attempt at a diet should be discussed with your health care professional to avoid any unforeseen problems.

One diet you may have heard of recently is the Paleo diet.  The Paleo diet, short for Paleolithic diet, is a nutritional program based around one key principle:  If our ancient ancestors didn’t eat it, don’t eat it.  While the diet has many different interpretations, the core tenant is always the same.  The Paleo diet typically consists of vegetables, fruits, roots, nuts, and meat.  These foods tend to have the requirement of being all natural and unprocessed, depending on the level of adherence to Paleo guidelines.  Some common food items typically excluded from the diet include dairy products, grains, processed oils, salt, alcohol, and coffee.

The Paleo diet’s most notable effect is that there is often improvements to the gut biome and the metabolic rates of the dieter.  There is also some indication that weight loss can occur. The point of the paleo diet is to start a healthier lifestyle rather than rapid weight loss.  Paleo is also rather appealing to most dieters as it does not require strict calorie counting.  Instead, the focus is on identifying foods that are not natural and unhealthy and removing them from your diet.

Why Choose Paleo Diet?

There is a wide stream consensus that the Paleo diet has a beneficial effect on the human body, mainly because of the removal of processed food from your diet.  Most western (modern) diets are high in processed foods, saturated fats, and salt.  The paleo diet helps you eliminate these foods and promote better health.  The paleo diet shares some similarities and benefits with the Mediterranean diet, the main difference being the recommended break down of calorie intake.  The Paleo diet typically lines up as 55% or so percent of your daily calories split between seafood and lean meat.  The rest of the calories should come from fruits, vegetables, and nuts and seeds, about 15% for each.

As with any new diet, there are potential health risks with the paleo diet.  The paleo diet can be low in some key nutrients, such as vitamin D and Calcium.  If you are used to a diet with high in dairy you may be at risk of developing a deficiency in calcium which can lead to weaker bones and more breaks and longer recovery times.  Paleo also has risks through seafood as modern-day agricultural practices and overfishing has led to higher concentrations of toxins in most readily available fish.

The Paleo diet may be exactly what you need to get to a healthier place in your life.  The benefits of cutting out processed foods typical to the western diet can help you live the life you want.  The Paleo diet can lead to a healthier gut biome and stronger metabolism, without impacting the quantity you eat and improving the quality of your food.  If you are looking for a diet to get your body to a healthy place, consider the paleo diet.