The word “Paleo” refers to the term “Paleolithic,” it literally translates to stoneage. Today, when people use the word “Paleo”, they’re really referring to grain-free diet. The stoneage or Paleolithic era occurred from 10,000 to 2,500,000 years ago. It is the time when our ancestors hunt and gather foods for their survival.99.99% of your genetic blueprint was formed during Paleolithic era, in other words, your genetic makeup which was shaped during the last 2,000,000 years is virtually identical to your Paleolithic ancestors that means certain foods and nutrients the same ones your biological ancestors consumed are literally part of your biology today. When you feed the body the foods that are genetically adapted to, health and vitality and the ability to maintain lean body comes naturally.
Our genetic code determines our nutritional needs. For 2,500,000 years, we eat what we hunt and gather. Today, we eat what tastes good, looks good and what sold to us through multi-million dollar air campaign. An average American eats a hundred fifty pounds of sugar and sweeteners per year and a hundred of pounds of grain.
Dr. James Braly and Mr. Ron Hoggan wrote a book called Dangerous Grains, they showed how grains linked to more than 200 chronic illnesses and conditions including type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, brain disorders, intestinal diseases, chronic pain, infertility, problematic pregnancies, to name a few.
Our Paleolithic ancestors were strong, lean and had great athletic bodies. They survived on animal protein like meat and fish. They had fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and good healthy fats. Bread, donuts, pasta and cereals didn’t even exist.
But here’s the problem, the grain that we eat everyday like wheat and barley produce compounds like leptin and gluten and these compounds can damage the digestive track causing us autoimmune diseases.
Over millennia, certain insects, rodents and birds are genetically adapted to digesting these grains and legumes. Their bodies can neutralize these toxic anti-nutrients but because these foods are so new to humans, we have not developed the same adaptation. Gluten is another problem, gluten is protein found in wheat and barley that can actually damage the small intestine. In fact, one out of one hundred thirty three people in the US had celiac disease, a serious digestive disorder triggered by eating gluten.
When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, it reacts with the tissues of the small intestines causing an inflammatory reaction. This damages the small intestine that leads to mal-absorptions and even mal-nutrition. Dr. Braly and Mr. Hoggan estimate that ninety million Americans may have celiac-gluten sensitivity that means closed to one out of three people may have problems with gluten without having celiac disease. This is staggering number when you consider that Braly and Hogan have referenced a list of one hundred eighty seven medical conditions that are linked to gluten.
The Paleo way of eating is the only diet that matches the way according to our genetic blueprint. That’s precisely why this diet works and it’s not just about weight loss, it’s about people who are able to reclaim their health. Eat the way that we meant to eat for just few weeks and see how great you will feel.