In this article:
- Benefits of the paleo diet
- Best vitamins and supplements to boost your energy
- Best energy-boosting paleo recipes
If you’ve heard about this paleo diet thing via your friends in Crossfit, but still aren’t sure what it is, don’t worry, it’s not too late to ask! The philosophy of the paleo diet goes back to our origins as humans. Paleo promotes eating as our hunter-gatherer ancestors did in the Paleolithic Era, which means before agriculture and livestock were around, and certainly before processed sugars. Paleo diets are filled with lean proteins, fish, and some fruits, nuts, and seeds - but do not include sugar (or artificial sweeteners), grains, dairy, legumes, or beans. Paleo foods are nutrient-rich fare that fuel our bodies and make us feel full and energized. They’re clean and simple.
Considering all the food categories that are eliminated from this diet, it’s no surprise that weight loss is one of the primary benefits. However, make no mistake, it’s NOT calorie restrictive. Across sex and age, paleo nutrition has proven to aid in weight loss. Following this diet and pairing it with exercise may also improve HDL (good) cholesterol, reduce triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol overall. This promotes heart health while helping to prevent and lessen the severity of type 2 diabetes.
Some of the food groups that the paleo diet “does without” are known to provide necessary nutrients like iron, zinc, and copper. For this reason, adding daily supplements to your nutrition can help you meet all your nutrient needs. Here are some of our favorite, energizing supplements to include in your daily routine and maximize mental clarity.