Paleo for Improved Health
A Paleo diet helps improve lipid profiles, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure in just ten days. This sounds like an advertisement for a shady nutritional supplement or a magic pill for weight loss but it is not. Recent studies conducted were able to debunk what many skeptics think of Paleo.
Lowers blood pressure
The Paleo diet encourages individuals to increase their consumption of potassium rich foods while going easy on high-sodium foods. This is why a Paleo diet is effective at lowering a person’s blood pressure levels.
A study was conducted which showed that Paleo dieters were able to lower their average systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings by as much as 3mmHg. This comes as no surprise to many researchers since they are already aware that a diet low in sodium and high in potassium has long been recommended and was found to be effective in lowering the blood pressure of hypertensive individuals.
If you are hypertensive, you need to ensure a correct balance between your intake of sodium and other minerals. This is not difficult to achieve when you’re on a Paleo diet because it exposes you to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and other whole foods that are filled with a complete range of not only vital minerals but also vitamins.
Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Changing to a healthy Paleo diet was also found by researchers to improve insulin levels and blood sugar metabolism. At the start of the study, participants were subjected to standard glucose tests to check their level of glucose tolerance as well as their level of insulin insensitivity. These are known risk factors for cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
After several weeks on a Paleo diet, study participants were found to be able to maintain stable blood sugar concentrations while also having less insulin secretion. Their insulin to glucose ratio was significantly reduced by as much as 40% while their insulin sensitivity was also improved.
In other words, their bodies will now require relatively low or normal insulin levels to be able to process glucose. People who are diagnosed with insulin resistance have very poor insulin sensitivity. This causes their body to release high amounts of insulin to be able to process glucose. Over time this leads to a host of known health issues, including type 2 diabetes.
Reduces bad cholesterol
A study conducted at UCSF School of Medicine showed that thriving on Paleo for ten days was enough to improve their study subjects’ cholesterol profiles. The results were striking as it lowered the subjects’ bad cholesterol levels by up to 22 per cent. Out of nine subjects, only one did not show any reduction in total cholesterol and LDL levels. All nine participants were found to have lower levels of triglycerides and VLDL or very-low-density-lipoprotein. Experts revealed that this improvement in cholesterol levels was equivalent to six months of statin medication treatment.
Those with high cholesterol readings are strongly advised to consider switching to a Paleo diet. The health benefits will be enormous without any of the documented side effects of taking statins.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, consult your doctor before starting your Paleo regimen.