What you eat really matters. Some foods can nourish your body by filling it with vitamins and minerals while others can cause inflammation. Choosing a paleo lifestyle means that you have decided to remove the foods that battle against your health: grains, dairy and refined sugar to name a few.
On the Paleo Diet, the intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is also increased. The following are strictly avoided:
Hydrogenated vegetable oils (even supposedly healthy ones like canola and sunflower oils) can increase your risk of illnesses like Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease. A Paleo lifestyle replaces these with healthy fats found in oils like coconut and avocado oil.
Wheat, rye and barley all contain gluten which can trigger inflammation in your gut even if you’re not celiac or gluten-sensitive.
Other grains contain similar proteins (called prolamins) which cause similar problems. Paleo eaters increase their serving of healthy carbs instead, in the form of robust vegetables.
Although it’s nutritious, dairy can be highly detrimental to your health. Eating dairy products has been linked to acne, sinus problems, digestive issues and conditions involving inflammation (like joint pain). Research has also proven that it actually robs your bones of calcium. Many people are mildly intolerant to at least one of three components in dairy: lactose, casein or whey. Coconut milk, almond milk and soy milk are all plant-based alternatives that can easily replace cow's milk in your favorite recipes.