Guest Post: Back to our Roots – Paleo Style

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Courtney Jonson, L.Ac. is a preventative healthcare practitioner and is available for WellnessFX consults in California. Visit her site here.

Are you familiar with THE PALEO DIET?  

There is good reason that a paleolithic diet may serve you.  Let me back up and explain. The paleolithic diet is based on the principle that we should be eating the same foods that our ancestors ate thousands and thousands of years ago. Why? There has been a dramatic change in our food over the past fifty years and while our DNA and our biology has changed very little, these changes in our food supply has led to an ever increasing rate of obesity, chronic degenerative diseases, allergies, and especially food-related reactions.

Our ancestors developed a certain biology to accommodate the foods that were available to them. For thousands of years they ate in much the same way; relatively little changed in their diet. The diet consisted of wild game, root vegetables, and berries. The result?  Our ancestors were lean, fit and free of chronic disease. Today, we no longer eat the same foods that our ancestors ate, and we are no long lean, fit or free of chronic disease.

WHAT HAPPENED?

About 10,000 years ago, grain was developed and grown. However, that grain bears little resemblance to the grain we grow and consume today.  Our soils are depleted of many necessary nutrients, thus our foods are grown with less density of nutrients. Sophisticated, highly technical food manufacturing has created synthetic foods that mimic real food. In order to enhance the look and texture of the food, chemical additives such as flavor enhancers, food coloring, and preservatives are added. Our grains are refined and stripped of their essential B vitamins and minerals.

Could we draw a conclusion that the effects of the lack of nutrition and these dramatic changes in our food supply could have something to do with the way we LOOK and FEEL as Americans? I think so. There is a good chance that our bodies may have a problem coping with such dramatic changes.

It makes sense now why the Paleo-Diet would be making a Come-Back.  We now understand how certain foods can trigger an inflammatory response in the gut and the need to keep those foods out of the picture. Adhering to a “paleo-way-of-eating” offers us a safe dietary solution during these times – free of commonly known food allergens.   For more information on the paleo-diet, please see the paleo-reference.

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Courtney Jonson, L.Ac practices a new model of medicine, sometimes referred to as “functional” or “systems” medicine. Functional medicine is neither conventional nor alternative medicine. It’s a combination of the best elements of both, and it represents the future of medicine. Functional Medicine is “investigative” and treats symptoms by addressing the underlying cause of the problem which leads to more profound and longer lasting results. She believes strongly that the body works in concert, with one system affecting the rest. Understanding how to treat the body as an interconnected whole and recognizing the importance of these connections in health and disease are her priorities. Treatment often includes nutritional medicine, dietary strategies, and lifestyle therapies. Visit her website at http://www.courtneyjonson.com/.

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