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Ancestral Foods for Antioxidant Health

At one point or another we’ve probably all wondered how to increase the antioxidants in our diet. Fortunately, a Paleo diet is an important and easy way to maintain antioxidant health. But before we explain how, it’s important to know why. In the first part of this series on antioxidant health, Christopher James Clark explained that free radicals are highly unstable and reactive molecules with an unpaired electron. While they aren’t inherently “bad”, a chronic excess can lead to oxidative stress which damages your body including your DNA, your cellular membranes and worsens chronic disease progressions. Poor health or diet,

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How the Paleo Lifestyle Promotes Antioxidant/Free Radical Balance

It seems that almost daily we’re bombarded with food and marketing that claims “superior” anti-oxidant health benefits. But in the process of reading about all these super-foods, have you ever questioned what exactly antioxidants do? To understanding their importance we first need to dig a little deeper and gain some basic knowledge about anti-oxidants’ counterpart – free radicals. Antioxidants are generally cast as nutritional heroes, whereas free radicals are viewed as villains, but in reality, both are essential to health. Neither is inherently good or bad. Our diet and lifestyle choices, however, are critically important because those choices maintain the

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Better Resting Leptin Levels in Diabetics on a Paleo Diet

Maelan Fontes, co-author of a recent study looking at the effects of the Paleo Diet on diabetics shares with thePaleoDiet.com their findings. Their study was titled Palaeolithic diet decreases fasting plasma leptin concentrations more than a diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized cross-over trial. Type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased (doubled) since 1980, affecting 56 million people in Europe in 2013, and it is estimated that these numbers will increase to 64.2 million by 2030. Type 2 diabetes comprises 85-90% of all diabetes cases 1. It is one of the important causes of mortality, disability and

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June: Your Top Five Comments

Our Readers Respond to Our Articles in June You, our readers, are what keep thePaleoDiet.com website going. Your comments and responses let us know what you’re thinking and what you’d like to hear about. Every month we take the time to read all of your posts and try to reply to your questions. While we get many great comments, we’re going to start selecting five conversations from each month that we think are interesting and should be shared with all of you. Here’s our top five for June. We hope you enjoy! 1. Readers Share Their Experience with the Paleo

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Loren Cordain, Ph.D. in Men’s Fitness

Loren Cordain, Ph.D. recently teamed up with Men’s Fitness to discuss The Paleo Diet basics in the article “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner – Paleo Recipes for People Who Aren’t on The Paleo Diet.” The article outlines foods that should be avoided on The Paleo Diet, and includes five easy Paleo meal recipes made with common household ingredients. Read the full article here » Quick Tips for Paleo Beginners EAT: Grass-produced meats Fish/seafood Fresh fruits and veggies Eggs Nuts and seeds Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut) DON’T EAT: Cereal grains Legumes (including peanuts) Dairy Refined sugar Potatoes Processed foods Salt

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Paleo-friendly Fruit / Vegetable Juice and Puree Recipes – Fruit Juice Part II

Jonesing for Juice? Got a hankering for a smoothie? Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that because your sugar is coming from fruit that it’s okay to eat a lot of it. “The liver doesn’t know whether sugar came from fruit or not,” said Kimber Stanhope, a researcher at the University of California, Davis, who studies the effects of sugar on health1. In part I of my series on fruit juice I explain why you need to be careful about fruit juice, even when it comes from fresh fruit. But while relying on a daily morning all-fruit smoothie is

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Is Juicing Paleo? Or Even Healthy? Hint: it’s in the glycemic load… Part I

We’ve all done it. We’re rushing out of the house in a hurry and rather than making time to eat a properly balanced meal, we decide to stop off at the local juice bar to grab a ‘healthy’ meal to go. But is this really a good idea? It’s easy to think so. After all, when we walk into a juice shop and see phrases and words we identify as healthy like cold-pressed, natural, organic or alkaline, we’re conditioned to think that the food or beverage is therefore a great option for nourishment, especially when we compare a juice to

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Christina Warinner “Debunking the Paleo Diet” Rebuttal

In May, 2013, I posted a response to the January, 2013 TED lecture by Christina Warinner in Norman, Oklahoma, titled “Debunking the Paleo Diet”. The website where my response was first posted is no longer in existence, consequently, because this lecture is often referenced, and has now had well over a million views, we feel it is worth re-posting my rebuttal here at thepaleodiet.com.   Christina Warinner’s “Debunking the Paleo Diet”, obscurantism at its very best. by Mark J. Smith, Ph.D. – May 12, 2013 (TED lecture link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMOjVYgYaG8) After receiving a number of requests to comment on the TEDxOU

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Melnik BC, Kakulas F, Geddes DT, Hartmann PE, John SW, Carrer-Bastos P, Cordain L, Schmitz G. Milk miRNAs: simple nutrients or systemic functional regulators? Nutr Metabol 13:42, DOI 10.1186/s12986-016-0101-2


How the Paleo Lifestyle Optimizes the Microbiome: Part Two

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we defined the microbiome and outlined its many functions. In Part 2, we’ll compare the microbiomes of contemporary populations with those of our ancestors, we’ll see how the Paleo lifestyle benefits the microbiome, and we’ll examine the claims of a prominent Paleo critic who believes the exclusion of grains detracts from microbiome health. Learning from Hunter-Gatherers In Part 1, we learned that bacterial species diversity is key to microbiome health. As diversity decreases, the microbiome becomes less robust and less capable of optimally performing its many duties. To assess the impact of diet

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