Paleo and Your Gut

The paleo diet is really a template for what eating should look like for a hypothetical human being. Paleo is about not putting things in your body that evolutionarily your body wouldn’t have anticipated. We evolved over a long period of time with the foods available to us in our environment. The more we change away from that the less our body is going to seamlessly tolerate those foods – leading to gut health issues that can contribute to other health conditions. 


Despite this, paleo is not a one size fits all diet. There’s lots of variation within it because everyone is different and their bodies tolerate foods differently. Some people thrive on a plant-based diet, other people thrive on a carnivorous diet and most people are somewhere in between. One of the things you need to be mindful of when you’re instituting a diet like paleo is how

Paleo-Friendly Fermented Foods for Gut Health

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Fermented foods, ancient staples with a modern resurgence, are celebrated for their gut health benefits and nutritional value. Within the Paleo diet, emphasizing natural, nutrient-dense foods, fermented products like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha stand out not only for their compatibility but for their role in enhancing gastrointestinal health. This introduction to fermented foods within a Paleo framework explores their history, health benefits, and the science behind fermentation, guiding readers on how to seamlessly incorporate these probiotic-rich foods into their diets for improved wellness.


The Science of Fermentation and Gut Health


The fermentation process is both an art and a science, transforming food through the action of beneficial bacteria, yeasts, or fungi. These microorganisms break down sugars and starches in foods, producing lactic acid, alcohol, and other compounds that preserve the food and enhance its nutritional profile. For those following a Paleo diet, fermented foods offer a wealth of …

The Intersection of Paleo and Ketogenic Diets

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Paleo and Ketogenic diets stand out for their distinct approaches to enhancing wellness. Both have garnered acclaim for their benefits, yet they operate on different principles. This exploration seeks to demystify each diet, highlighting their foundations, benefits, and the potential for synergy. As we delve into the nuances of Paleo and Keto, we uncover how these dietary strategies can be intertwined, offering a comprehensive approach to health that leverages the best of both worlds. Our journey through their similarities and differences aims to equip you with the knowledge to harness their combined power for your health journey.


Understanding the Paleo Diet


The Paleo diet, often dubbed the “Caveman Diet,” emphasizes eating whole, unprocessed foods that our Paleolithic ancestors would have consumed. This approach encourages the consumption of fruits, vegetables, meats, and nuts, avoiding grains, legumes, dairy products, and processed foods. The premise is rooted in the belief that …

Anti-inflammatory Grains and Vegetables to Help Ease Hashimoto’s

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Inflammation is a natural response by the body to injury – such as when you sprain an ankle, or scrape a knee – but it is not always a benign process. Many ailments, such as joint pain and auto-immune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease), involve inflammation, and by keeping the inflammation under control, it is often possible to lessen other symptoms of the disease or condition.

How Can Dietary Changes Lessen Inflammation?

Our bodies make inflammatory and anti-inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins from the nutrients in the food we eat. It’s important that these stay in balance – if someone eats too many pro-inflammatory foods, the body makes more inflammatory prostaglandins. Conversely, if someone eats a larger proportion of anti-inflammatory foods, such as those containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, the body produces anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, and inflammation in the body is reduced.

Many foods and food types have now been given an …

Natural Anti-Inflammatory Remedies

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Information on how to use natural anti-inflammatory remedies to soothe inflammation and relieve most types of pain.

A wide variety of pain that people might experience is due to inflammation. From day-to-day pain such as backaches or sore muscles and joints to more chronic conditions such as inflammatory arthritis or fibromyalgia, inflammation-related pain affects us all.

The most common way that people deal with inflammation is by taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Taking these types of medication on a daily basis can lead to stomach problems such as nausea or vomiting as well as possible long-term kidney or liver damage. Finding a natural anti-inflammatory remedy can be an excellent way to relieve inflammation-related pain without any adverse side effects.


Using Ice as a Natural Anti-Inflammatory

Most people have used ice at one point or another as a way to relieve inflammation from …

Natural Digestive Benefits of Greek Yogurt – Chico alternative medicine

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There are many yogurt choices available for consumers today. It’s not as simple of a choice as it used to be, light, fat free, fruit, plain—so many things to think of when buying yogurt. Some nutrient food labeling includes vitamins, omega-3, and now– probiotics. Whatever it’s called, it’s one of the best healthy choices available.

Yogurt created naturally          
Yogurt is made into a healthy food by adding pasteurized milk to yogurt, and adding cultured bacteria. Lacid acid is created when the bacteria acts on the milks natural sugar, giving Greek Yogurt that thick creamy texture, and consistency with a delicious tangy taste. Live or active are used to describe the list of nutritional ingredients, and the bacteria to consumers. Yogurt is meant to be refrigerated, and eaten soon after opening.

Flavor enhancers for yogurt
Most of us eat flavored yogurts containing fruit, and sugar in the ingredients, there may …

The Paleolithic diet – Eat like a caveman and lose weight

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Eat like your ancestors

Obesity is a rising problem throughout the western world. We are all busy so we grab something that is easy and fast. Some of us find Fast Food cheaper, so we consume that instead.
And that is a problem because it is not natural for us to eat salty food and drink soft drinks packed with sugar.

The reason that sugar is not good for us, is that we haven’t been consuming it for enough time for our systems to get used to it. So if you eat a lot of sugar during the day, you will sometimes experience ups and downs. First, you feel energized and then you will get drowsy. That’s you need more sugar to become energized again.

Eat like your Ancestors 

The bad news is that there are a lot of things our bodies haven’t gotten accustomed to because we humans haven’t …

Paleo Lifestyle 101

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Are you trying to get healthy and maybe lose some weight? Maybe you’ve heard of half a dozen diet plans, but none seem like the right fit for you. Fret not. I am here to explain the basics of the paleo lifestyle, which is a fantastic and healthy way to go about life. It might be the perfect choice for you, so read on for a solid introduction.

Forget about Processed Foods

The paleo lifestyle is all about eating the way “primal people” ate years and years ago before processed foods came into existence. People who eat paleo resist processed foods. That means muffins, ice cream, sodas, crackers, cereals, and other foods with many ingredients are out of the picture. Processed foods tend to have ingredients that are harmful to your body, such as preservatives and high sugar content. Paleo is all about simplifying meals and snacks only to

5 Tips for Beginners on the Paleo Diet

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It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard about the Paleo diet by now. More and more cookbooks are lining bookshelves in stores all over the country. There are countless numbers of blogs and websites on the Internet. Articles are published nearly every day that discuss its pros and cons. The Paleo diet is not without its controversies, but it’s hard to deny that it is increasing in popularity.

At a fundamental level, the Paleo diet means ditching processed foods and replacing them with whole, fresh foods. Grains, soy, dairy, refined sugars, and legumes are not allowed. This means no cereal for breakfast, no sandwiches for lunch, and no pasta for dinner.

So what’s left to eat? Well, a lot of food. The Paleo diet encourages the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, high-quality meats, eggs, and healthy fats like avocados and olive oil. Still, even though Paleo followers enjoy

Use Astragalus as an Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Herb

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Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a perennial plant native to China, Mongolia, and Korea. Only the root of the Astragalus plant is used medicinally. It has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Astragalus has been used for several ailments and is being studied further. It’s been shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. It also stimulates the immune system, and has been used as a topical wound treatment. Several studies tout Astragalus’ usefulness as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb.

Astragalus has been used to treat colds, flu, chronic infections, fevers, asthma, chronic fatigue, problems caused by chemo (fatigue/lack of appetite), anemia, heart and kidney disease, hepatitis, digestive disturbances, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and more. Astragalus comes in many forms, including dry root, topical mixture, capsules, tinctures, or can be made as a tea. Find the route of administration that works best for you. Make sure …

Improving holiday digestive health

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Holiday periods can be a difficult time for many people- digestively speaking. We celebrate the holidays with a seemingly unending series of events, parties, get-togethers, late nights, glasses of champagne and possibly a fruitcake or two if you are a real glutton for punishment! The result is bloating, nausea and lethargy and even a lowered immune system.

There are many ways to help with this unpleasant side effect of such a joyous time. Here are a few suggestions:

Change the way you eat

Eating smaller portions is a good way to start. If your office has a potluck in the afternoon and you know you have a holiday party that night, pace yourself. An excellent way to help this process is meditative or conscious eating. Before you serve yourself, close your eyes (or at least look away from the food) and assess your hunger. Think about each helping you take …