3 Reasons to go Paleo instead of taking pills

By Roy Kim, Mar 02 2015

Pills are used in our country to treat a variety of illnesses. But what if I told you that if you suffer from recurring digestive upset, diabetes or obesity that by changing your diet you may be able to avoid taking medications altogether?

Packaged and highly-processed foods are easy to find and account for about 50% of the calories each day in the Standard American Diet (SAD). And pharmaceutical companies couldn’t be happier! It’s these foods that lead millions of people to purchase prescription medications to solve the health problems the SAD can cause.

If you want to start a healthy eating regimen but hate counting calories, the Paleo diet is for you! The Paleolithic man didn’t eat things like pasta, cereal, candy, sugars, or food bars. There are so many ingredients found in common foods today that have been linked to the development of a wide variety of chronic illnesses and even the early incidence of death.

While there are many health benefits, one of the greatest perks of going Paleo is that you might be able to remove some of the pills in your medicine cabinet. Here are just 3 ways a Paleo diet can replace your pills.

Heartburn

When you want to treat the cause (not the symptoms) of acid reflux, addressing your diet can help reverse this common digestive disorder naturally. Drugs for acid reflux bring in about 13 billion dollars for pharmaceutical companies making it one of the highest selling drugs in America. Major contributors to heartburn include low stomach acid and an imbalance of gut bacteria. A Paleo diet includes small amounts of carbohydrates and sugars (known to feed bacteria in the intestines) along with naturally occurring enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that support healthy digestion.

Blood Sugar Stability

Type 2 diabetes rates in the U.S. continue to skyrocket and drug treatments are proving to be inadequate. A Paleo diet includes many nutrient-dense foods that are naturally low in fat, low in sugar and low in refined carbohydrates (all known contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes). Clinical studies confirm that when compared to a low fat diet in people with type 2 diabetes, the Paleo diet is more effective in improving blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index than a diabetes diet.  

Weight Loss

Obesity has become an epidemic in the U.S. and may be one of the biggest health threats to Americans today. While many people look to capsules to help shed those unwanted pounds, there is no magic pill for weight loss. However, the Paleo diet has been shown to lead to weight loss in healthy subjects.

Following a Paleo diet is a great way to increase your intake of whole natural foods and eliminate disease causing junk foods from your menu. You may also be able to toss your pills in the trash as you notice the many health benefits of the Paleolithic lifestyle.

There’s no need to obsess over serving sizes, calories or fat intake. All you have to do is follow one rule: if our cavemen ancestors didn’t eat it… you don’t eat it. It’s easier than you may think to find healthy paleo snacks out there. Grass fed beef jerky, whole grains, fruits and vegetables make great food options.

  

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