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Optimum Health – the Paleo way!

| Becca Clayton

Paleo – to be or not to be?

Following my recent Facebook post about the benefits of following a Paleo diet I shared how paleo can help with a myriad of diseases and conditions. Here is much more detail alongside an explanation of what paleo is, and how and why you should make it work for you.

Paleo’ is short for Paleolithic — referring to the Paleolithic era of human history. The Paleo diet has gained huge popularity and momentum in the past few years, with the words ‘Paleo diet’ ranked up there on Google Trends as one of the hottest searches. This ‘Paleo’ approach to eating is also sometimes referred to in the media as: the primal diet, real-food diet, whole-food diet, caveman diet, and the grain-free, sugar-free and dairy-free diet as well as the Paleo diet!

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Paleo is about eating nutrient-dense foods that consist mostly of meats, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, while eliminating or reducing foods that are problematic for you. It’s all about optimum health / wellbeing and that is why the Tonic team is so excited about the paleo way!

Simply – it’s a two step process of 1. cutting out the bad and 2. replacing it with healthy choices.


Here are 8 specific conditions you can expect to improve when you follow the Paleo plan.

1. Provides You with Antioxidants to Help Prevent Cancer

A big part of the Paleo diet is eating vegetables, many of which contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that will help battle the damage done by free radicals. Some of the top recommended Paleo foods are also listed as the best foods to eat to avoid getting cancer.

2. Helps the Brain Function Better to Prevent Depression

Paleo helps with excess inflammation which can be a major contributing factor to depression. Eating foods that are known to be anti-inflammatory is one way you can have a direct impact on the way you feel.

3. Supplies Enough Protein to Help with Anxiety

Running low on protein can leave you susceptible to higher levels of anxiety, and on Paleo you’ll be getting plenty of protein in the form of lean meats that will help in this area. Protein also helps your body build lean muscle, so your physique will change, your metabolism increases, and you’ll lose weight effortlessly.

4. Protects You from Autoimmune Disorders for Thyroid Health

One of the ways a Paleo diet helps is by eliminating grains from your diet, thereby effectively taking out gluten as well. This can help with autoimmune disorders.

5. Provides Anti-Inflammatory Benefits for Arthritis Relief

The Paleo diet is full of foods that help curb inflammation, and this can mean big relief from arthritis pain and symptoms. If you’re relying on medication to treat your arthritis pain, you should try the Paleo diet to see if it makes any improvement to your condition.

6. Spurs You Into Exercising to Battle Obesity

When you go Paleo you’ll be holding back from foods that can slow you down and make you feel lethargic. Instead you’ll be eating foods that are proven to give you more real energy. With this excess energy you’ll feel like exercising more, which produces a synergistic effect and helps you quickly slim down to a weight that is healthy for your body type and size.

7. Avoids Additives to Clear Up Acne

Once you remove the preservatives, chemicals, and other additives from your diet you should notice an improvement in the amount of acne and other blemishes on your skin. If you’ve tried all sorts of cleansers and topical treatments, try changing your diet and you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.

8. Plenty of Fibre to Relieve Constipation

With plenty of vegetables being eaten at every meal, Paleo is sure to boost your fiber levels and prevent bouts of constipation from ruining your day. Increased fibre intake from real food, not from a laxative or phony “fiber bars” at the store is the only way to give your body what it’s really asking for.

To summarise, the Paleo way is not about replicating the caveman way of life as we actually don’t truly know what was eaten back then! It is about looking at our biology and figuring out what is the most nutrient-dense food we can eat to nourish our body, prevent disease and lead a healthy life. This means making choices to not consume highly processed foods, foods high in anti-nutrients and where possible, to buy local, seasonal and sustainable foods……

paleoWe hope you have enjoyed reading our post and look forward to hearing how you get on!

For more information on living a stress-free, healthy and balanced life, in the here and now – as always we are at : www.choosetonic.co.uk

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