The Paleo diet has been really popular the last few decade, but like any diet, there is good information and there is bad. I believe strongly in the Paleo way of thinking (I do have my B.Sc. degree in Health and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine from Colorado State University, where the Paleo diet was founded!), but I think there are some things people should know when going Paleo, so I want to break down the basic principles of Paleo and some of the most common mistakes.
Autoimmune diseases are among the fastest growing diseases in our country and others. They have shown a steady rate of increase over the past 3 decades, especially in Western cultures, and it’s now estimated that 25-50 million Americans suffer, making it more prevalent than cancer or heart disease. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates annual direct healthcare costs for Autoimmune Diseases to be in the range of $100 billion. In comparison, cancer costs are $57 billion and heart and stroke costs are $200 billion. Multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases (mainly Crohn's disease), systemic lupus erythematosus, primary biliary cirrhosis, autoimmune thyroiditis, hepatitis and rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis), and celiac disease are several examples. Over 100 different diagnoses have been considered autoimmune in their mechanism.1
Simply put, autoimmunity means that your own immune system is attacking your body, which creates inflammation and damages tissues and leads to symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, brain fog, muscle aches, digestive disorders, inflammatory skin conditions, and more. (a ‘tissue’ is just a part of the body - you have bone tissue, thyroid tissue, brain tissue, skin tissue, etc)
Fatigue, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Depression, Joint or Muscle Pain, Headaches, Digestive Complaints, Food Sensitivities, Inflammatory Skin Conditions...