How to Use Paleo to Balance Your Blood Sugar Levels

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Find a Balance with Bio-available and Low Glycemic Foods. Here’s How…

I’ve decided to approach the topics of the Paleo Diet, also known as the caveman diet and paleolithic diet and how this relates to low glycemic, or man’s blood sugar. How has man’s health been affected? These are topics that directly address man’s ills and physical betterment through the Paleo Diet and low glycemic control.

In my research and experiences on my quest to impart more truth concerning greater health and longevity, I’ve explored a variety of diets and health regimens. It has never become so clear to me how much our health and quality of life are dependent upon the food we eat, since seeing in myself and in my family the transformative results just from eating a biologically appropriate diet, the Paleo diet, which is grain-free and thus gluten-free and legume free. This also translates into a low glycemic diet as well. Some have named this simple diet the caveman diet, the paleolithic diet and what-have you, but in essence it has been deemed “man’s original” diet.” So yeah, yeah, there are twenty different ways to describe it, but what will this unique approach to food teach me?

 

Paleo Diet’s effect on insulin and blood sugar

The paleo diet is based on the premise that humans do best when eating the foods our ancestors ate prior to the advent of agriculture and animal husbandry in 10,000 B.C. This proven theory is that modern humans do best on paleolithic nutrition because human genetics have largely remained the same since the preagricultural era, and thus our genetic makeup is best suited to the ancestral human diet. Taking our current bodily structure and feeding it the ancestral human diet is having profound effects on the general health and wellbeing of those participating in studies, not to mention the fact that this diet has a much lower glycemic impact on our blood sugar.

According to research, pre-agricultural humans were free of the diseases of the civilized world such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. Modern studies, including clinical studies, have shown as well that eating paleo can help or reduce the risk of a variety of serious health conditions. This includes issues associated with high insulin and blood sugar levels, which can lead to a variety of diseases and health conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol levels, obesity, type 2 diabetes and gout. That’s because many or most foods on the paleo diet are low-glycemic, which is evidenced in the ills that paleo dieters are void of; ills that are now classified as “normal” or aging.

Grains are biologically similar to table sugar, causing an unhealthy spike in insulin upon consumption. Most of the carbohydrates consumed on the paleo diet, consisting of vegetables and fruits, are low-glycemic. Honey, maple syrups etc. are debatable and this is another topic all together.

What’s the big deal about the Glycemic Index?

According to studies, a low-glycemic diet can help with obesity, type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cardiovascular disease and other conditions. Some of the benefits of low glycemic eating include: improved weight loss, decreased hypoglycemia, steadier moods, and reduced food cravings, which means less binging. This also means less overweight children with early onset diabetes which is a growing concern.

It is to our benefit that we all take a good look at our diets. Let’s determine if what we are eating could be causing health conditions which could possibly be reversed or avoided should we be willing to entertain the idea of change. The change could be as simple as taking a sincere look at man’s original diet, the diet we were biologically designed to live on. Could this be a door we need to open, and step in with our eyes wide open?

Tina Turbin

Featured Image: Paleoleap.com

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