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Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?

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Dr. Frassetto says Paleo foods, also known as the caveman diet, works by keeping your body’s chemistry in better balance.  The goal of the caveman diet is to reduce excess body fat, aid in the normalization of blood sugar levels and reduce toxins and anti-nutrients.”

“Normalizing” your system is the true strength of the so-called caveman diet. By eating foods that are concordant with your genetic ancestry, you can avoid many of the diseases associated with our modern diet. As Dr. Loren Cordain, author of “The Paleo Diet” and one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition, states:

“The nutritional qualities of modern processed foods and foods introduced during the Neolithic period are discordant with our ancient and conservative genome. This genetic discordance ultimately manifests itself as various chronic illnesses, which have been dubbed “diseases of civilization.” By severely reducing or eliminating these foods and replacing them with a more healthful cuisine, possessing nutrient qualities more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.”

Why the Paleo Diet Works for Weight Loss

A common “side effect” of rebalancing your body’s chemistry is weight loss, as the two tend to go hand-in-hand. One explanation for this is that you don’t really get fat from eating too much and exercising too little.  Nor do you get fat from eating fat.

So what does cause your fat tissue to accumulate and hold on to fat?

In a word: carbohydrates.

In essence, overeating and excess weight could be viewed as a symptom of an improper diet, because when you consume too many sugars and carbs, you set off a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that makes you hungry and craving for sweets:

1. First, fructose is metabolized differently from glucose, with the majority being turned directly into fat because it stimulates a powerful “fat switch.”

2. This rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity (“beer belly”), decreased HDL, increased LDL, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and high blood pressure—i.e., classic metabolic syndrome.

3. Dietary carbohydrates, especially fructose, are also the primary source of a substance called glycerol-3-phosphate (g-3-p), which causes fat to become fixed in fat tissue

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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10:11AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Good article, thank you...

8:54AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

My doctor would be estatic if I reduced my triglyceride levels. With medicine we have gotten my blood pressure and cholesterol down, but the triglycerides stay the same.

He started me on a new medicine, but I would rather try eating like the caveman.

6:21AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I truely feel tha the least amount of processing food has, the better it is for us. Keeping maximum nutriets ie steaming vegetables vs. baking or boiling to death certainly is healthier for folks. Who wants grey/brown brocolli when they cna have brilliant green? Knowing the sources of foods as well as additives goes along way in healthier eating via making healthier choices.

12:48PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Thank-you for the article.

12:40PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Like the idea that the diet will give you great blood pressure and other healthy factors-- all for it... but don't want to make meat part of my everyday, everyweek diet. Interesting article, though, good to know. Thanks.

12:39PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

interesting, thanks

3:10AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Leaving aside the meat controversy, the point is we need a wide cariety of fresh food, and that is hard to argue with.

3:31PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Kim, maybe we are OMNIVORES as you say. But unlike other omnivore animals, WE HAVE A CHOICE.
Millions of people around the world choose not to eat meat and do very well. Boudist monks are renown for their longevity.
It really is just a matter of taste buds, that little 2 inch body part which is master and ruler of most people!
I wonder why grains are on the list. If not processed, I would think they would be permitted.

5:47AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

What you could eat must have depended on where your cave was.

4:05AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

so, what is the verdict on bread and wheat pasta? it's because it is GMO wheat?

the ________ lobbyists are saying those kind of carbohydrate breads are no good for us. they blame pasta and stuff on being sick. both the broccoli and beef industry.

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