The 7 Health Benefits of Going Paleo
As trend diets go, the Paleo diet falls on the simple end of the spectrum. Its edited and streamlined nutrition rules include plenty of good fat, ethically sourced protein, and loads of fresh veggies. With low sugar and minimal processed foods, Paleo serves up some of the most basic rules and positive health benefits. Eating like a caveman for even a few weeks can prove an effective detox. Keep scrolling to discover all the perks of the prehistoric-inspired routine.
When it comes to fat cells, size matters. Thin people don’t have fewer fat cells but rather tinier fat cells, i.e., cells packed with fewer triglycerides. Your body’s triglyceride level is based on what foods you consume. Excess calories signal to your liver to produce extra triglycerides to be stored in fat cells for later use. The Paleo diet is high in omega-3 fatty acid foods, such as halibut and salmon, and low on saturated fat and simple carbohydrates—all things that keep triglyceride levels low.
The protein and omega-3–rich diet is the perfect fodder for assembling lean muscle mass. With protein-rich meats and high-fiber legumes, it’s got everything you need to get into fighting shape. Key to athletic performance, omega-3s may boost stamina and performance as well as aid in muscle growth.
Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates famously stated, “All disease begins in the gut.” Healthy flora (the good bacteria in your gut) and digestion are crucial to overall health. Processed food and allergens can wreak havoc on the intestines and stomach. Diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugars contribute to unhealthy gut flora. Dairy and gluten, for instance, are among the most common reported food intolerances. Even trace amounts of allergens or food sensitivities can cause inflammation and chronic disease over time. Removing foods that aggravate your system from your regular diet—which the Paleo diet does—is a key step to happier, healthier bowels.
Low insulin sensitivity is also known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a signal that your body has difficulty metabolizing glucose, which can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Avoiding refined sugar and simple carbohydrates will help to keep lower levels of circulating insulin. One study showed that even short-term consumption of a Paleo diet could decrease insulin secretion and increase glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.
Omega-3s increase cognitive brain function and development. Simply put, your brain needs good fats to perform at its best. A diet too low in omega-3s can lead to depression, mood swings, fatigue, and memory problems. Keep your brain happy and your mood elevated with all the right fats.
With balanced blood sugar levels, cutting out empty calories and excess chemicals in your diet, your body will be snoozing like a pro. The less energy your vital organs spend fighting off toxins and chemicals, the sweeter your rest at day's end. Chock-full of fresh foods, a Paleo diet means you’ll be getting plenty of antioxidants and phytonutrients to detox.
By eliminating inflammatory foods, from gluten to refined sugars, your entire body gets a break. Organs can detox. Your gut can heal. Omega-3 fatty acids are proven to reduce inflammation throughout the body, lowering your risk of heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and other chronic diseases.
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