What's So Great About Paleo?
Unless you have been living under a rock you have likely heard of the paleo diet. This is the way of eating that is knocking people all over the world off of their feet.
Not only do people who choose to eat paleo look years younger than their age, they are also more energetic, slimmer, and more than anything they are healthier.
All you have to do is look at the transformations of paleo eaters to be blown away at all that this way of eating can offer. Even without exercise, these people tend to feel like they have found the fountain of youth.
Typically they have glowing skin, an ideal weight, and a stamina that cannot be matched. More often than not, the paleo eater seems to be the perfect picture of health and happiness.
But how does it work? What is the secret? There are a lot of moving parts that make the paleo diet work, but one of the biggest benefits is the way that it naturally reduces inflammation in the body.
Inflammation is known as a 'silent killer' because it can help so many deadly illnesses and diseases to occur.
To make matters worse, most of us deal with inflammation even though we do not realize it. If you find yourself getting sick frequently, feeling lethargic, or unable to lose weight then there is likely some amount of inflammation in the body, and that can pave the way for something more sinister.
So while your doctor might tell you that you have developed asthma as a result of adult onset allergies, in reality there is likely inflammation in your body that is making your allergies unbearable and because those allergies are now unbearable, they may have set you up for full blown asthma attacks.
So while the inflammation itself did not cause your asthma, indirectly it is the root of your medical problems. Thankfully, it is times like these when paleo comes in to save the day.
However, paleo offers much more than simple inflammation relief. It also offers the ability for easy weight loss, and much of that comes from protein. Protein is essential to your overall health for many reasons.
For starters, our bodies require protein for more than 50% of its functions. Everything from skin and nails to healthy bones has something to do with protein. But ironically many of us are protein deficient.
This is another area where paleo comes in to save the day. Because eating paleo relies so heavily on the consumption of healthy meats, it will give your body a big boost in the protein department.
Additionally, protein helps you to feel full, allowing you to go longer periods of time without feeling the need to eat.
Paleo also relies on foods that are in their 'purest form'. Whether it is your fruits and veggies, your nuts, or your seeds anything that you eat that is paleo will have to be as close to nature as possible.
This allows your body to take in and absorb nutrients like never before.
Are you ready for paleo to change your life?
Paleo Brain Foods
One of the areas where we tend to struggle is focus. Many times we aren't able to think as clearly as we should and we are not able to concentrate the way that we should.
Sadly, for many of us we don't even know that we have trouble with mental clarity because we are just so used to living a certain way.
It's like over time we have just learned to adapt to a lesser level of brain function. We say that we are experiencing things like forgetfulness or lack of sleep when in reality we are simply not feeding our brain the way that we should so our brain is not able to function the way that it should.
Sure, you can find things that claim that they can give you a boost of brain power.
There is no shortage of pills and gimmicks that claim that they will be able to help you find better concentration than you had ever thought possible. But how great are these things really?
And do you really trust a pill bottle to be able to give your body what it needs?
Believe it or not, the best way to give your brain power a boost is not found in a pill or a bottle, it doesn't cost a fortune, and it isn't as complicated as many people would have you think.
In fact, you can boost your brain power simply by taking a trip to your kitchen. The foods that we eat serve us in a variety of ways. They can boost our immune system, they can help us to lose weight, they can even give us glowing skin.
But many people overlook the way that the foods that we eat can affect the way that our brain works.
Think about what happens to your skin when you overload on junk food. Most likely you will not only find yourself feeling sluggish, but your skin can become congested, develop acne, and even show signs of rosacea.
The skin gives you a physical picture of how the things you are putting into your body are affecting you.
While you might not be able to see what is happening in your mind, the effects are there as well. You know that sluggish feeling you sometimes have when you eat poorly?
Part of that tired feeling comes with a loss of mental clarity and an inability to focus.
You know that energized feeling you can have when you eat a super healthy meal? Part of the reason that you can get things done so easily is because your mind is able to think more clearly and focus more easily.
But where does the paleo diet fit into all of this? How can paleo foods give you a boost in brain power?
For starters, eating paleo provides you with a nice dose of nutrients and healthy fats, both of which are critical for your mental clarity.
It has been said that your brain uses as much as 20% of your total calorie intake, this means that it isn't just vital that you eat, it is vital that you are eating the right foods to fuel your brain.
Paleo Foods For ThoughtRed Meat
Because protein is a staple of eating paleo, red meat is a big part of the paleo diet for many people. Even though too much red meat is can raise your cholesterol, you still might want to add it into your diet a few times a week.
Red meat offers Vitamin B, which is essential for brain function. Fish
You have likely heard of the importance of getting enough omega-3's in your diet, but there is another important thing that can only be found in fish, and it is something that is often overlooked. Selenium.
Even though it isn't as talked about as omega-3's, selenium helps your brain with everything from motor skills to cognition. Gut Health
Because eating paleo offers a lot of the nutrients that your body needs, it supports healthy gut function. A healthy gut goes hand in hand with your brain's ability to function.
It is important to remember that if you are eating paleo for gut health, you need to be sure you are consuming protein, vegetables, and healthy fats at every meal.
Additionally, you should try to stick with things that will go through your system easily and offer a bit of natural hydration, (for instance, eat dark, leafy greens as your vegetable).
When you are changing the way that you eat it is important that you think about your brain and the impact that your changes will have on your mental functions.
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