Let's take a quick look at the effect the paleo diet has on free radicals and detoxification. Ever feel like you've been hit by a truck after starting a new work out regimen or more physical job? Eating a Paleolithic diet can help you detox and reduce recovery time, heres how.
The reason you feel that way is from the build up of toxins in your body or the formation of free radicals. Not to be confused with just the added work and the muscles that are being used again. Free radicals are cells that have no purpose at all they just float around taking up energy and slowing down our metabolism, and our bodies natural ability to heal and recover. It is important to remove these free radicals from our body, exercise is the key because it moves these through the lymph system so the can be expelled then detoxifying the body. But that is not enough by itself what you put into your body is just as important in the detox period. And certain foods are natural antioxidants these foods take these free roaming cells and put them in a position to be moved out of the body.
You may be saying yea but I have to sacrifice taste, right, well you could not be more wrong. Do not feel bad that's why I am writing this so you can be informed too. Knowledge is power. The Paleo diet consist of everything from paleo pizza recipes to meatloaf. The benefits of the paleo diet are outstanding and amazing. The foods in the paleo diet plan are the same foods that will promote bowel health these foods can decrease frequency of symptoms that are associated with Crohn's, IBS, and diverticulitis. Although I am not a doctor I do know that my doctor has told me that eating this way will help decrease my flare ups of diverticulitis. The paleo lifestyle is a smart healthy way to live and eat. This has made me dig some more on the subject and this is what I found out.
Even though we are a long way from the caveman days where this diet got its start and why it is sometimes referred to as the caveman diet. The general principals of what goes in must come out remain from caveman days and still apply today. What you put in is what you get out you work hard and play hard too. Shelf life of food is a lot longer than it was in the day of the caveman but whats the risk? We benefit from the longer shelf life at the risk of adding dangerous chemicals. Chemicals like sodium nitrate, salt, phenylalanine, and additives like aspartame to name a few.
Sodium nitrate- an additive used as a conservative of some meats could put you at an increased risk for heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and it also affects the way the body metabolizes sugar increasing your risk for diabetes.
Salt (sodium chloride) helps prevent spoiling by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeast and mold. It also brings out the flavors in food. But the danger of too much salt is fluid overload and could lead to congestive heart failure, kidney damage and high blood pressure. I suggest following the FDA's guidelines for recommended daily allowance. Salt is found in abundance and is processed foods and canned goods. There is still some controversies whether salt should be taken out of the paleo diet altogether. I say, "all things in moderation."
It has happened for many people; that when you start eating healthy and your body gets used to it, your body will reject processed foods. than you will taste processed food for what it really is "trash" most of which has little or no nutritional value. I'm not saying that the paleo diet is the only way to eat, but it sets up a guide and cooking ideas to get you started on your way to a more energetic healthier and happier way of life.