You might have across a piece on the internet talking about this rediscovered human Paleo diet and wondered what can the caveman really teach the modern, advanced man about nutrition. Well, the 21st century is a period in the history of humanity in which lifestyle diseases have claimed more deaths than natural calamities and war-it’s that bad. Today, diseases and medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disorder are more prevalent than any other time in history. Medical researchers blame the prevalence on changes in human diet and exposure to harmful chemicals. We eat more highly refined food than our ancestors did. How about the tones of sugary stuff and fatty fast foods that we cant do without? We might need to go back to the basics and eat as our ancestors did if at all we want to live long and productive lives.
The caveman was a hunter-gatherer who lived on a lean diet of proteins, vegetables, nuts and fruits. The Paleolithic man did not practice agriculture and as such did not have grains as a major source of nutrients and energy. So what benefits can we derive from a paleo diet of lean meat, vegetables, nuts and fruits?
You gain less weight gain
Eating lean meat such as fish, chicken and nuts ensures your body is unlikely to gain excessive weight that may lead to obesity. Sugar and high-fat meat provide a high concentration of energy in the body which is stored in the body as fat. The situation is even worse for humanity as highly refined foods such as pasta are easily metabolized in the body to provide sudden spikes of excess energy. Obesity is a leading cause of heart conditions and type-2 diabetes. So if you want to lose weight or gain less weight, eat less grains and processed sugar and include more chicken, nuts and vegetables in your meals.
Today humans eat a lot of carbohydrates per day than required. The modern man lives a more sedentary life with a lot of tools and machines to reduce work. We only need a few carbohydrates to keep us going. Unfortunately, carbohydrates make up the greatest percentage of our meals. By consuming fewer carbohydrates or grains and more vegetables, we will be able to allow our bodies to burn the excess stored fat. This process releases a balanced flow of energy as opposed to the metabolism of a diet full of carbohydrates.
Better immune systems
Eating more fruits, nuts, natural oils, vegetables and tubers provides valuable minerals and vitamins for the body. In addition, these foods are great sources of antioxidants for the body. Vitamins, antioxidants and minerals boost the body’s immune system to fight off diseases such as cancer and natural infections.
While it might be difficult for some of us to give up all the muffins, pastas and pizzas, it’s about time we really considered the health benefits of doing so. A paleo diet guarantees a lot of health benefits including lean, fit bodies. Better immune systems and longer lives.