The paleo diet is named after what may have been eaten during the Paleoithic era approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. It usually includes eating lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, which could be obtained easily during that time through hunting and gathering. The aim of this diet is the idea of returning to the “natural” way that humans would eat before the emergence of farming where dairy and grains became abundant, which are prohibited in this diet. It is believed that the shift to eating dairy, grains, and legumes is linked to the rise in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease that affects much of our population today.
In recent years the paleo diet has reemerged in the health industry as it has been recognized to have various benefits for long and short term health.
The paleo diet consists of largely fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds, lean meats, fish, and oils. It is crucial to avoid ingesting any grains such as oats, wheat, and barely, legumes including beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts, dairy products, refined sugar, salt, potatoes, and any other highly processed foods. In addition this diet encourages drinking large amounts of water and getting regular exercise daily.
The benefits of eating a paleo diet have been evaluated through many clinical trials and studies. These include weight loss, improved glucose tolerance, better blood pressure, and better management of appetite. People have also reported having higher energy levels, getting better sleep, having clearer skin, and improved mental clarity and attitude.
In certain cases, parents have found that by switching their child to a paleo diet, symptoms of eczema improve. This is because common food allergens such as peanuts, dairy, and eggs often trigger eczema flare ups, especially in children. It can also help improve gut health, which sometimes is an underlying cause of eczema flare ups.
If you suffer from problematic skin or eczema, consider testing out the paleo diet. In general, switching to a diet free of artificial or processed ingredients will improve your skin and overall health. The paleo diet ensures you are not ingesting common allergens, cultivating a healthy cut, and decreasing overall inflammation in your body.