How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

by deborah on May 17, 2016 · 5 comments

in Nourish, Plant-based diet, Vegan

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

Want to hear a secret that may change your life?

Our bodies have a critical gut-brain connection that directly affects our immune system.

We have always known that we are what we eat.

Now there is incredible evidence by leading scientists, researchers, nutritionists, and neurologists

showing that our diets are responsible for our gut health.

In turn, our gut health is responsible for our brain functionality, immunology, energy levels,

and metabolism.

“Research shows that the modern diet causes

some of the most common debilitating conditions

 of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

 

New research is now indicating that many of

these can be completely avoided by adopting a 

whole-foods, plant-based “paleo” vegan diet.”

 

Dr. David Perlmutter, a leading neurologist from Naples, Fl., shows in his best-selling book,

Grain Brain”, how a Paleo-style diet is the best way to protect your gut and your brain.

In fact, in an interview posted on WebMD, Dr. Perlmutter blames most of today’s industrialized

ingredients for common ailments that affect brain and gut function.

In fact, research shows that the modern diet causes some of the most common debilitating conditions

of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Interestingly, new research is now indicating that many of these can be completely avoided by adopting

a whole-foods, plant-based “paleo” vegan diet.

What is a Paleo-Vegan Diet?
How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

The short answer, the paleo diet is a way of eating that is modeled on eating a variety of whole-food,

naturally-sourced food types that our hunter-gatherer forefathers had available to them.

You see, humans have been in existence on earth for approximately 6 million years and the modern

human evolved only about 200,000 years ago.

With such a long evolutionary period, the human body was meant for a particular diet – one derived

from the goodness that Mother Nature offers us.

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

The “paleo” vegan diet is one based around this concept, but with the exclusion of animal products.

The concept of “paleo” has gained a lot of traction in recent times, as we become more aware, and

begin to question our structured agricultural farming practices which only emerged 10,000 years

ago and our incessant food processing which began much later, after the industrial revolution.

What this “food evolution” means for our gut and brain health, is that our bodies are unable to

function efficiently on most of the modern foods we have access to.

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

As a vegan (or aspiring vegan), you already understand the effects of meat on both the health of

your own body, and Mother Natures’, but it’s important to consider other elements of the food

you eat – grains, sugars, carbohydrates, mass-produced vegetables – which all impact the health

and functionality of your brain and gut.

A paleo-vegan diet is a great way to train yourself to eating more wholesome, natural foods.

 

“It’s important to consider other elements of

the food you eat – grains, sugars, carbohydrates,

mass-produced vegetables – which all impact the

health and functionality of your brain and gut.”

 

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Improves Your Gut and Brain Function

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function
The functionality of your gut and brain, and the level of wellness you experience in life, all comes

down to what you eat.

That’s where a paleo-vegan diet can help.

Eating the way nature intended, including whole foods, unprocessed ingredients, and plenty of leafy

greens into your meals, is what it’s all about.

If that sounds like too much work, there are a number of options available, that

do the work for you!

So how specifically will a paleo-vegan diet improve your gut and brain functionality?

You’ll Eat Less Sugar

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

Fungi, yeast, and pathogenic bacteria thrive within your gut when supplied with sugar, especially

the refined, manufactured variety.

This highly-concentrated sugar is absorbed really quick early within the gastrointestinal tract.

While it provides quick energy, it also leads to a sudden and huge crash.

Switching to a whole food, vegan-style diet can help to cut out all kinds of sugars from your diet,

except for raw stevia and fruit.

You’ll Eat Less Processed Food
How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

The more a food is processed, the more harmful ingredients it is likely to contain.

Natural, plant-based, vegan ingredients stand a better chance of passing through the gastro-

intestinal tract and feeding the microbiota.

Anything that is boxed, tinned, or canned and contains more than 3 ingredients can be counted

as processed food.

Real whole foods provide better benefits for your gut and brain functionality, and your immune

system as well.

Your Diet Will Include More Prebiotic, “Living” Foods

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

Paleo-vegan meals are more likely to include more prebiotic foods than a conventional diet will.

Foods such as fermented vegetables, kimchi, kefir, and natural pickles, are all examples of prebiotic

foods that have naturally-occurring bacteria that feed the good bacteria in your gut.

They are also full of natural fibers.

Vegan = Natural Ingredients = More Life

How a Paleo-Vegan Diet Affects Your Gut and Brain Function

Your gut and brain function, and the level of wellness you experience in life, is directly affected by

the foods you eat.

The biggest part of a paleo-vegan diet is to eat foods that are natural – so if it comes from the freezer

section, in a box, a tin, or canned, then you probably shouldn’t eat it.

Your gut and brain health are important for the quality of your life into the future, so do them a favor

and enjoy a meal that nature intended.

References
http://www.drperlmutter.com/tag/paleo/
http://www.staffanlindeberg.com/DiabetesStudy.html
http://blogs.webmd.com/webmd-guests/2014/02/dementia-is-gluten-to-blame.html
http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x59iwc_the-paleo-diet-and-multiple-scleros_lifestyle
http://paleoleap.com/place-of-dairy-on-paleo-diet/

 

Have you explored or considered the brain and gut health benefits of a paleo-vegan diet?

What do think about it?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.

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