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Health Benefits of Paleo?
August 15, 2012
11:38 am
Cookietheviking
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Very new to paleo, looking into trying recipes out on my partner who has some health concerns. I've heard about paleo being very good for weight loss, which of course impacts general health – but I'm really interested in hearing specifics of how people have benefited from a paleo approach to diet. Anyone with success in approaching cardiac health, digestive complaints? General well being? 

August 19, 2012
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For me personally, I've experienced:

  • weight loss (15 lbs of fat, now at 6% body fat)
  • better sleep
  • WAY better skin (no more acne, rarely have any blemishes at all)
  • Better athletic performance
  • Happier, less prone to SAD (seasonal affective disorder)
  • Less random hunger, and no mid-afternoon energy crash (ie, stable blood sugar)

I'm sure other people experience other things. Who else wants to chime in?

 

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August 19, 2012
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My energy level no longer wanes at 3 pm.  I can work all day and still have energy to work out or homework for my master's after.  I suffer from migraines and since going paleo 6 months ago have not had one. My skin has finally cleared up, I had tried numerous different acne products to no avail but after about 3 months I realized I wasn't breaking out any more.  Now when I veer off my face is the first to show my transgression.  Another plus it seems as though my sex drive has improved also.  I feel 100% better now at 37 than I did at 20.  People even tell me I look better. Surprised

August 19, 2012
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Cookie, 

  I recommend a Paleo lifestyle for all of my patients. Here's why… We know that the majority of chronic illness and diseases that western civilized humans are suffering from have roots in lifestyle choices. That isn't debatable. The reason a Paleo lifestyle helps such a variety of ailments is that it promotes increasing foods that are sufficient in nutrients while removing items that are either deficient in nutrients, and/or contain toxins (things that actively harm our bodies, such as gluten). The primary reasons we see such a wide variety of ailments positively influenced via this lifestyle is it:

1.  Promotes regulation of blood sugar (insulin resistance is a major source of many disease, not just diabetes – for example Alzheimers is know thought to be a result of long standing insulin resistance)

2.  Decreases inflammation. One of top causes of chronic disease is chronic systemic inflammation. The main one here is heart disease. Heart disease has little to do with cholesterol, and everything to do with chronic inflammation damaging the intimal walls of the arteries…same for strokes too.

3.  Drives you toward a balance in blood pH. One of the most strictly regulated markers in our physiology is blood pH. Choosing lots of Veggies brings us back to neutral, which will prevent any concerns of osteoporosis (Calcium from our bones is leeched back into the blood when eating a high acidic diet which is what the western diet is.)

4.  Removal of toxins and other problematic anti-nutrients that cause gastrointestinal damage, leaky gut and ultimately Auto-immune issues like fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis etc.

You can see why the typical results may vary…because the benefits affect whole body health. Most of my patients who really commit to the lifestyle change experience decreased pain, increase energy, weight loss, digestive health improvement, better mood, better libido, better sleep, reversal of diabetes, reversal of "bad blood lipid profiles", reversal of autoimmune diagnosis. 

Hope that helps.

-Dr. Scott Mills

Livewell Chiropractic 

August 19, 2012
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I started paleo almost 2 years ago. At the time my solitary goal was to support my cross fit loving sister in her strange but fascinating new diet. It has become a way of life for me. When I started my paleo journey I was living on lean cuisine/weight watcher frozen meals. I was hungry all the time and was completely miserable. My hormones were uncontrollable and at 38 I was anemic, low on iron and tapped out of estrogen. My skin broke out constantly, I was exhausted and battling depression. To sum it up, I felt like hell all the time, week in and week out. Since commiting to paleo, I have lost over 60 pounds without being hungry. I am no longer anemic and actually donate blood regularly. It turns out the red meat my doctor told me to avoid was one of the things my body really needed. My iron has now reached a normal level and I feel amazing. No more depression, no more breakouts. I have not had my estrogen checked yet but based on the fact that I am no longer experiencing the symptoms associated with estrogen deficiency I suspect even that has improved. When I started I wanted to support my sister…I had no idea this 'crazy' diet would ultimately save my life. I no longer take medication to manage depression because I don't need it. I have avoided hormone replacement therapy because my body gets what it needs from my diet. I challenge anyone to try it for thirty days and tell me they don't feel better or notice positive changes.

August 19, 2012
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mottyskill said
 

2.  Decreases inflammation. One of top causes of chronic disease is chronic systemic inflammation. The main one here is heart disease. Heart disease has little to do with cholesterol, and everything to do with chronic inflammation damaging the intimal walls of the arteries…same for strokes too.

 

Hope that helps.

-Dr. Scott Mills

Livewell Chiropractic 

 

This is what made me cut grains and processed foods, but not due to heart issues. I had severe asthma for 48yrs that was barely controlled with many medications. Within 3mo breathing improved and I stopped taking all meds. Everything else that has improved is icing on the cake.

August 20, 2012
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My son and DIL learned about paleo at their Cross Fit gym.  My son lost almost 50 lbs (and you wouldn't have known he had any weight to lose--at 6 ft, 230, and very active & in shape).  The benefit he noticed immediately was improvement in mood swings.  Since he was a baby he was just MAD if he was hungry.  I had tried everything to lose weight and had recently suffered a meniscus tear and knee surgery, so they encouraged me to try the paleo way of eating.  "Just try it, mom.  What do you have to lose?" 

 

I lost 50 lbs in 9 months.  (Have kept it off for a year and am now reading Practical Paleo's protocols and doing a "Whole 30" to help me get off my weight loss plateau and lose 20 or 30 more lbs)  I had chronic sinus headaches and at least 3 sinus infections a year--have had none since paleo.  I had taken allergy medications daily, year round, for over 40 years and had severe hives a couple of times requiring steroids--I am now off all allergy meds except occasional eye drops.  My knee pain and arthritis pain have greatly improved.  I had acid reflux causing a constant "lump in the throat" feeling, and that is gone, as well, as long as I eat "clean" and don't eat late in the evening.  I was having--er, I hope not TMI Embarassed--a lot of flatulence a la Larry the Cable Guy's grandma.  That is gone as well.  I was getting pockets in my gums/periodontal disease and my dental hygienist says that my gums have stabilized and are no longer getting worse each visit.  The dentist does a test for C-Reactive Protein (inflammation) and told me my level is among the lowest they've seen since starting doing the tests.  My blood sugar levels have also improved--I was pre-diabetic and now my levels are normal.   

 

There's more, but those are the main benefits I've experienced.  I recommend this way of eating to everyone.  Laugh

September 19, 2012
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I have been eating paleo-ish (with some grains and dairy).  I am not intolerant to any foods, but wanted to make my (already-healthy) diet, even healthier.  However, I am wondering if this is an "all-or-nothing" diet, because I do not want to put back the weight I took off when I was on a low-calorie diet.

October 6, 2012
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I am wondering if this is an "all-or-nothing" diet

 

Not all or nothing. Do the best you can a majority of the time and if the occasional grain/gluten finds it's way to your plate don't stress about it. Enjoy it and continue on the next as if it never happened.

 

I had a couple of gluten filled cookies last night with family and enjoyed them. Today I go back to my normal eating habits.

August 15, 2013
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I'be been quite pleased that besides weight loss, paleo has completely solved my acid reflux. I used to have to take medication and still certain trigger foods could still have me breathing fumes. Today I don't take meds and acid reflux is gone, I can even indulge in those trigger foods, with no problems. 

August 28, 2013
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Pale has many wonderful benefits It may be a little difficult to adjust with the diet at first but it is well worth it. Some of the expected results aare increased energy levels, better sleep, clear skin and hair, reduced possible allergies, stronger immune system and better digestive system. These are some of the great changes that the Paleo can bring to your body. You can also have kiwer risk of getting cancer, diabets or any heart disease.

 

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January 3, 2014
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its sooo grast to hear all these positive results on here , I too have had all the beneficial affects from changing to paleo. When you mentioin iit to any one else who is losing weight they totally disagree with me but now iI'm not alone, Smile

April 21, 2014
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My son and I have Crohns disease and we switched to Paleo 7 months ago based on recommendations from a local functional medicine doctor. He was very ill even with lots of immunosuppressants so we were desperate to help him.  It took 6 weeks and his symptoms disappeared and now he takes very little medicine and feels great.  I had a similar reversal of symptoms and feel better in every way.  Now I am hoping to make this a long term lifestyle switch for him and my other son who doesn't have any diseases yet.  We also all tested positive for gluten/celiac sensitivity so I know this stems from that in particular, but just cutting out gluten didn't help us with the Crohns.  Wish we didn't have to be so strict but it's a lot better than being sick!

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