I took a look at the positives of the Paleo
diet a few weeks ago, and while it is a great diet for most of
us, it is not a perfect diet. Let's look at the cons of these
More is not better when it comes to eating
protein. In fact, our body can only absorb about 30 grams
of protein at a time. That is about a 3-ounce serving of chicken
breast. Anything more is stored in your fat cells. Body builders
can use a little more, but more than 50 grams of protein in one
sitting is a waste.
Gluten-free grains are good for our bodies. In
terms of gut healing, grains may be a short-term out. When the body
heals, though, it is OK to eat some gluten-free grains as they are
high in fiber, B vitamins, manganese, magnesium and other essential
Long-term use of a high protein diet can lead to
cancer. When the body has a hard time breaking down
ammonia and sulfur, this can cause toxicity in the body's cells,
which can trigger our cancer cells to turn on. Does this mean you
are going to get cancer? It does not, but it does mean eating a
more plant-based diet is important to help toxins break down.
Long-term low carb diets can cause an imbalance in the
gut bacteria. The diets lack prebiotic
fiber and can cause digestive issues.
Possible kidney issues. High-protein diets put
a lot of stress on the kidneys, mainly because of the diuretic
effect of ridding carbs from the diet. The by-product of protein
synthesis is called ketosis in which ketones can be detected in the
urine. Ketosis is stressful on the kidneys and because it is using
fat instead of sugar for energy. This is why it is extremely
important to drink more water if you opt into a higher protein
diet, like the Paleo diet.
Overall, I am in favor of higher protein diets. I like how it
rids processed foods, sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts
(what I call the Big 5 Inflammatory Foods) and focus on eating good
fats, fruits, vegetables and sustainable sources of protein
We must understand we all have our own unique biochemistry. Diet
is NOT a one-size- fits-all program.
It is so important for whomever you work with you on your
nutrition to look at various factors such as blood work, genetic
testing (if completed), saliva, urine and/or stool testing to best
determine the type of diet best for you. It is about being
functional and healthy every single part of your day.
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