I came across this article in the "Globe and Mail," and found it quite interesting...

Humans have spent millions of years adapting to their environments. At one time we hunted and gathered our food, but now we rely on agriculture, which has only been around for approximately 11,000 years. Therefore, what this is implying is that our bodies and "genes are still optimized for life on the savannah." Humans were made to live life like the caveman did such as hunting and gathering our food. 

So what is this "Paleo Lifestyle" all about?

"The Paleo diet depends on the assupmtion that our genes haven't had time to adapt to the 'modern' diet. Since evolution depends on random mutations, larger populations evolve more quickly because there's a greater chance that a particularly favorable mutation will occur. As a result, our genome is now changing roughly 100 times faster than it was during the Paleolithic era, meaning that we have had time to at least adapt to an agriculture diet."

This is an interesting concept considering there are so many people who have food tolerances such as, gluten, dairy, peanuts potatoes, preservatives, artificial coloring and eggs. In this article Alex uses an example of the ability to digest dairy products, such as milk. "More than 90 per cent of Swedes, for example, carry this mutation." However in contrast he gives us the example of how Finnish reindeer herders have "acquired genes that allow them to digest meat more efficiently, while other populations can better digest alcohol or grains." 
Something I have actually learned as that in Australia the aboriginal people lack the enzyme that detoxifies alcohol. this could have something to with the fact that these people survived in the bush eating "bush tucker" for many many years. 

Alex covers six key elements in his article for the "Paleolithic lifestyle." These six key elements are according to a Swedish health researcher who specializes in the effects of 'ancestral' diets, Pedro Carrera-Bastos.

  1. Pollution
  2. Acute Stress
  3. Sleep
  4. Sunshine
  5. Physical Activity
  6. Fresh, Unprocessed Food

Source: Globe and Mail, Article by Alex Hutchinson


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