The Paleo Diet or Paleo Lifestyle has become more popular over the years as proponents tout its medical benefits. Here's what you should know:
The diet is based on food types that were known to have been consumed by hunter-gatherers (cavemen) in the Paleolithic period.A diet which may help a person get off medications seems worth a try. The jury's still out.
Adherents support a theory that the human digestive system has not evolved significantly since Paleolithic times and that the introduction of grains, dairy, and processed foods has had a detrimental effect on human health.
Components of the diet (meats, fish, eggs, healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts) provide nutritional characteristics comparable to what cavemen ate. This diet is low carb, gluten free, dairy free, and low glycemic; as such, it can be medically helpful in treating a variety of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, and Crohn's Disease. (Internet searches will result in many anecdotal examples of people having been helped by the Paleo Diet.)
The Paleo Lifestyle has been known to significantly decrease body weight as well as improve cardiovascular risk factors by lowering triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, and abdominal circumference.
Nutritionally, the Paleo Diet is complete with the exception that a Vitamin D supplement should be taken if a person lacks much exposure to sunlight.
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