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What Is Paleo Diet?

Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 04:42 PM

Paleo Diet or paleolithic diet is the dietary regime that is believed to have been practiced by ancient men. It is also known as the Caveman diet, Stone Age diet, and the Hunter-Gatherer diet.
A paleo diet meal plan will mostly include meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, roots, and nuts. Grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and oil are not included as these items were not in existence back then. Research has shown that a paleo diet increases the quality of life and makes for a healthy body. If you are on a paleo diet meal plan, you will be consuming lean proteins and fats, non starchy vegetables with no salt and sugar, and you will have an increased intake of vitamins and detoxifiers.
If you follow a paleo diet regime, some of the long-term benefits you can expect are a reduced occurrence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, rickets, and cancer. This is due to the high content of minerals, vitamins, and soluble fiber in your diet. Other short-term benefits will include increase in vitamins and a decrease in toxins, increased sex drive, increased energy, smoother skin, a stronger immunity, recovery from sickness, and weight loss.
Paleo diet recipes contain bioactive substances and nutrients, which help to maintain the acid-base balance, sodium-potassium ratio, fiber content, and glycemic load. The foods in the diet result in increased density and increased fiber content. It is therefore essential for athletes to have a good paleo diet regime.
A paleo breakfast was also shown to be helpful in helping children study. Paleo breakfasts keep them energetic, increase their attentiveness, and improve their brainpower and memory. With a paleo breakfast, you can also cope better with a hectic day as it helps you stay calm and think on your feet. For school-going children, paleo breakfasts ensure that increased exposure to infections have no effect on them by boosting their immunity.

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