Why the Paleo Diet Doesn't Work
As a dietary method to heal autoimmune diseases, many well-meaning health professionals have recommended a new fad diet called the Paleo Diet. The philosophy behind this diet is that we eat like our "hunter-gatherer ancestors." This means there is a major focus on meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds while completely eliminating all grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and processed foods. Here's the problem. The Paleo diet relies heavily on meat and animal products for nutrition, yet studies are showing that animal fat actually causes leaky gut.
Even a single meal containing saturated fat from animal foods causes a breakdown in the lining of the small intestine (leaky gut).
Besides inducing leaky gut there are more issues with the high-meat Paleo Diet. Meat has been found to contain large doses of a particular estrogen which is known to promote cancer. Anything that increases or prolongs a woman’s exposure to estrogen increases her risk of breast cancer.
The particular estrogen found in meat induces tumors in rats, mice, and hamsters and when its levels become elevated in humans there is a corresponding increase in breast and uterine cancer. Another component found in the high-meat Paleo Diet that will drive up your hormones is fat. Studies show that high dietary fat intake is associated with elevated serum estrogen and androgens leading to increased rates of breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
Also the Paleo Diet is a high-protein diet which has been shown to promote tumors and increase metastasis to the liver and lungs, besides giving you kidney stones. This diet is going to worsen your leaky gut, wreak havoc on your kidneys, and drastically increase your risk of heart disease and cancer. Instead of using the Paleo Diet we found a completely natural and healthy diet that stopped my autoimmunity in its tracks
and actually strengthened my immune system instead of suppressing it.