The paleo diet has grown in popularity over the last few years. It eliminates processed foods but provides added nutrients by focusing on humanely raised animal products, fresh produce and healthy fats. It also helps reduce inflammation. Let’s take a look at how.
The paleo diet eliminates consumption of all grains, both refined and whole, gluten free or not. This is important because grains have been linked to inflammatory protein concentration in human plasma. Inflammation is increasingly linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
As people age, they often lose the ability to digest dairy products. This can lead to inflammation. The sugar and the proteins found in dairy are what typically cause problems, and many people may notice bloating, constipation or acne as a result.
The paleo diet eliminates unhealthy oils like cottonseed, canola, safflower and soybean. These fats are high in omega-6’s, which are pro-inflammatory. Additionally, trans fats also increase inflammation. By avoiding fast food and may processed foods where these unhealthy fats are found, the paleo diet helps to reduce inflammation.
In addition to eliminating these items, the paleo diet requires that you incorporate more fresh produce, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants. By crowding out the bad and increasing the good, you are slowing the aging process and reducing inflammation.