The Paleo Diet
The Paleo Diet referred to as the Palaeolithic Diet or The Caveman Diet requires going back more than 10,000 years to the Palaeolithic period to discover their eating habits. Following a low-carbohydrate, high protein-diet full of fruit, vegetables, meat and nuts, the Paleo way of eating has a multitude of benefits compared to the highly processed carbohydrate obsessed diets that are current in the modern day. This essay will show why the Paleo Diet is better than eating processed food by highlighting what processed food is and what it does to the body and the benefits of eating whole nutrient rich foods that the Paleo Diet recommends.
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Eating a paleo diet improves blood sugar control by increasing sensitivity to insulin and reducing blood levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein and triglycerides.
Every cell in the body is made from both saturated and unsaturated fat. Cells depend on a healthy balance of the two in order to properly send messages in and out. The paleo diet naturally provides a perfect balance of fats because it recommends both in healthy amounts while other diets limit one or the other. One of the best sources of protein and fat suggested by the paleo diet comes from cold water fish, ideally wild-caught salmon. Salmon fat is full of omega 3 fatty acids which is lacking in the average diet. This is a problem because within omega 3 fatty acids it contains DHA short for Docosahexaenoic Acid, which is good for the eyes, heart and brain. Other sources of omega 3 are found in pasture raised meat and eggs.
The paleo diet relies heavily on animal flesh which contains healthy protein. This protein is anabolic and is used for building new cells like muscle mass. The more muscle somebody has the better their metabolism is. This is due to muscle requiring energy to move and to move bigger muscles people need to store more energy. This then tells the body to send the energy to muscle cells instead of fat cells. When eating food with a high sugar content the livers storage capacity is exceeded. When the liver is maximally full the excess sugar is converted into fatty acids and returned to the bloodstream. The fatty acids are taken throughout the body and stored as fat.
Sugar and other processed food cause inflammation within the intestinal tract which can lead to something called “leaky gut syndrome”. This is when the intestinal walls are breached due to poor diet allowing substance such as toxins, microbes, undigested food, or waste to leak through. It is not healthy for food to leave its digestive tract until it is ready to be transported to cells. It is critical to eliminate all processed foods and eat a real food, nutrient-dense diet that eliminates food that is known to irritate or damage the lining of the gut. Foods that irritate...