To be honest, I did not know much information about the Paleo Diet other than it was becoming super popular and what my friend with Celiac Disease shared with me in casual conversation. “It’s super clean and I feel better,” was what she would always tell me but I still did not understand how.
Once I began suffering from chronic symptoms of my own, I went to an acupuncturist to help reduce my stress levels and it was he who suggested this change in my diet for 10-days just to see how it affected my body. Within 7-days I was beginning to feel like a whole new person! Granted, I had to make all of my meals at home and from scratch but what’s wrong with enhancing my culinary skills? Haha. By focusing on nutrient-dense foods and eliminating inflammatory foods, I was allowing my body to regulate itself on a variety of levels. Inflammatory foods are known to contribute to hormone dysregulation, inflammation, leaky gut (gut permeability) and gut dysbiosis. Another huge plus is that Paleo is also great for weight normalization which means that that overweight people tend to lose weight but underweight people tend to gain weight. For me, this meant that my weight was not fluctuating every month during my cycle.
Essentially, leaky gut syndrome (“intestinal hyperpermeability”) is condition that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junction malfunction. These “tight junctions” are the gateway between your intestines and what is allowed to pass into the bloodstream. Your tight junctions keep things out like toxins, microbes and undigested food particles.
Dr. Josh Axe
If you are like me and suffer from Leaky Gut (gut permeability) then The Paleo diet provides the foundation for a healthy digestive system and further gut healing. Paleo supports a diversity of prebiotic/probiotic (good) bacteria in the gut because of how nutrient-dense these ingredients are and the type of nutrients they are providing for our bodies. Paleo supports the health of the tissues that form the gut by supplying essential nutrients required for gut lining purity and avoiding foods that are difficult to digest. It may be difficult to think that food can be harmful but there are many in the Standard American Diet that will damage the tissues forming the gut barrier, or that are known to stimulate the immune system which can lead to an array of diseases.
In my personal experience, the Paleo diet reduces my inflammation and supports normal functioning of my immune system which allows my body to detoxify and regulate normally without exhausting itself.
Best of all, the Paleo diet is not a diet in the sense of some hard thing that you do that requires a great deal of willpower and self-deprivation until you reach some goal. It’s a way of life. Because the focus is long-term health, the Paleo diet allows for imperfection but educates you so that you can make the best choices possible.
Sustainability is an important tenet of the Paleo diet, meaning that this is a way of eating and living that you can commit to and maintain for your entire life. This means that you have the flexibility to experiment with your own body to discover what is optimal versus what is tolerable, to find what works best for you and fits into your life for the long term.