Monday, August 10, 2015

Reasons for Going Paleo

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.

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.
A diet which may help a person get off medications seems worth a try. The jury's still out.

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Doom said...

Not a purist here, but fairly solid. I do eat grain, but soaked in whey water, and I eat a good deal of dairy in the form of milk, cream, and kefir (homemade).

I am not the best at keeping up with the diet, or even always medicine. And my health issues are complicated... I am thinking more like dominoes than just one problem per issue. If the heart goes a little kilter, then diabetes will. High blood pressure (which is finally controlled, for now), diabetes (which is in a mild state of disrepair), and extreme heart failure (which is better but still very bad, if as good as it will probably get), all make what is wrong, exactly, at any point, a little uncertain. Even the medicines can play havoc with the organs needed to keep those things in check.

Still, I find the better eating, higher proteins, medium fats, and fewer and slower burning carbs really helps. Sometimes, just because of the state of things, nothing is going to help. Right now though, in the worst of conditions... with good food I do much better. Medicine, food, sleep as needed, really help. I am doing better, finally, in my worst of states than I used to to in my best of condition times.

Oh, and I have cut my heart medicine. In part, I think, through food... in part through a supplement (CoQ10, which I will be trading for a more concentrated form shortly). I have been able to cut carvedilol to a quarter of what I had been on for the same blood pressure reduction, with the CoQ10 and food. And, usually, my diabetes is better controlled. I just suspect that, sometimes, the heart problem affects organs, and with the organs not working well, diabetes becomes an issue. I don't think I have diabetes, I think I have intermittent organ weakness/softness/incapacity... from a lack of blood flow.

Tez said...

People in Paleo times had a life expectancy of about 30 years. Any connection??

Doom said...

Yeah, Tez? No connection at all. You are comparing apples to rocks. Do you have anything other than writ indoctrination, snark, devoid of substance condemnation, or such?

Tez said...


Doom said...

Fair enough. *grins*

Wireless.Phil said...

Let those Paleo people starve!


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