- August 3, 2014
Gluten-free diets and low-carb eating plans have been steadily gaining popularity for a number of years; now research is offering further evidence that these types of diets actually benefit most people, not only those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team help men and women of all ages discover optimal health and overall wellness with a variety of customized treatments, including nutritional therapy. Today, we’d like to touch on some of the latest information surrounding low-carb, gluten-free paleo diets.
The Multiple Benefits of a High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet
When most people hear the phrase “high in fat,” their first reaction is typically a negative one. This is because we’ve been conditioned to believe that all fat is “bad,” and that it should be avoided at all costs. The truth is, however, that our bodies need a certain amount of beneficial fat in order to function properly. You can find high-quality fats in a variety of foods, including nuts, coconut oil, avocado, flaxseed, fatty fish (including salmon and mackerel), whole eggs, olive oil, and nut butters. Paired with a low-carb diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables (preferably organic), these fats can effectively improve brain function and the absorption of vital nutrients from food and supplemental sources.
Other benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet have been seen in cases of pediatric epilepsy and cancer patients. In fact, there is some research that supports the theory that starving cancer cells of carb-fueled glucose may aid in more rapid recovery. Individuals who switch to a diet that is almost completely devoid of grains and refined sugars – supplementing with a healthy amount of beneficial fats, sufficient protein, and organic produce – often find that they begin to lose weight without having to drastically alter their exercise regimen.
Eat Like Our Ancestors; Discover the Difference
Thousands of years ago, people typically consumed a diet that was incredibly high in vegetation, fruit, roots, nuts, and naturally grass-fed (pastured) animals. These foods helped to build strong bodies that were capable of surviving harsh elements and the stresses of an existence spent primarily outdoors. Today’s high-carb, high-sugar trends and sedentary lifestyles have led to innumerable health conditions and an epidemic of obesity, particularly in America. Returning to a diet similar to that of our ancestors has actually been shown to drastically reduce the risk of developing common conditions like obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
Make a Change for Good
If you’d like to learn more about how a high-fat, low-carb paleo diet may be able to help you reclaim your health, we’re happy to help. Contact us today at our office in Collegeville, PA or Williamsport, PA to schedule your nutritional therapy consultation with Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our caring, knowledgeable team. We proudly serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Pottstown, Bloomberg, Sunbury, Lock Haven, and beyond.