Could the Carnivore Diet be the most species appropriate diet for humans
This was originally published at www.carnivoreaurelius.com, and they asked me to share this wonderful info on my blog… as we are all here to help each other.
“You can’t do the carnivore diet, you’ll get scurvy!”
I’ve heard this way too many times. People are terrified of adopting the carnivore diet because of the scurvy boogeyman…
The carnivore diet may have massive benefits. People that have followed the carnivore diet have
- Dropped weight faster than a vegan drops $16 on avocado toast
- Cured depression
- Rejuvenated skin
- Experienced limitless energy.
What the carnivore diet teaches you is that the food you eat permeates every aspect of your life. Diets aren’t just for weight loss.
Simply: you are what you eat. You’ve been fed bowls of bullshit. And they don’t even taste as good as Frosted Flakes.
It’s time to throw them in the trash and start fresh.
Carnivore Diet Benefits
Here are some of the potential benefits of the carnivore diet. If you’re interested in how it works so well, check out the carnivore diet science here.
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau
One of the biggest benefits of the carnivore diet is how simple it is. Simplicity is all about identifying what is essential and eliminating the rest.
Food doesn’t need to be complicated. Most diets practically require a PhD in “making shitty foods taste good,” sucking up valuable time and energy. Even on Keto, for example, people spend countless hours counting their fat calories and devising ways to make their healthy dishes taste like the unhealthy ones they’re addicted to (I’m looking at you, cauliflower pizza).
Instead of spending hours preparing your meals and thinking about food, you can read a book. Start a business. Hang out with loved ones. Do the things that actually matter and use food as medicine to optimize your energy for the things that really matter.
#2 The Carnivore Diet May Support Positive Mental Health
The carnivore diet may improve your mental health and mood. At least it did for Brett.
Recent science shows that the prevailing approach to mental health is ALL wrong. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors have persuaded you that mental health issues all arise from chemical imbalances.
But the truth is that mental health issues stem from inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and too many hours wasted playing Fortnite…
The carnivore diet may help with these issues (although I can’t promise it will make you stop playing video games all day).
Studies continue to reveal that low serotonin levels are not the cause of depression . What is? Elevated inflammatory markers .
Inflammation elevates proteins and cytokines in your blood like CRP and IL-6. Studies have shown that patients who don’t respond to depression medication, for instance, tend to have elevated levels of CRP .
This is why the carnivore diet has reversed depression and mental health disorders for so many people. Brett Lloyd, for instance, was prescribed dozens of different medicines over the course of 25 years. None worked. But the carnivore diet cured him in 25 days.
How? The carnivore diet can reverse inflammation by cutting out all the junk you’re intolerant to: such as seed oils, fructose, glucose, and even many vegetables (like nightshades).
Ketones, like beta- hydroxy butyrate, help to reverse inflammation . And the carnivore diet puts you into ketosis.
By contrast, diets high in carbohydrates increase inflammation .
Then the carnivore diet also tackles nutrient deficiencies that all exacerbate mental health issues.
Many of these nutrients are absent from plant foods. Guess what? Without animal foods, you may be deficient. .
#3 The Carnivore Diet May Supercharge Your Energy
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that …the Carnivore Diet turned me into the Energizer Bunny. Literally. I might as well have grown grew bunny ears and started playing the drums…
Why? Studies show that inflammation and nutrient deficiencies can also lead to fatigue.
Nutrients aren’t just those things on the back of your food label. They’re fuel for mitochondria. When you don’t get sufficient amounts of protein, vitamins and nutrients, your body slowly sputters to a halt.
Deficiency in nutrients — many found predominantly in animal foods — can lead to fatigue.
This study found that people with chronic fatigue have low levels of carnitine . The best source of carnitine? Red meat.
Furthermore, the foods you’ve replaced your red meat with may be throwing a wrench in your mitochondria engine as well.
For instance, studies have found that people with fatigue have higher levels of omega 6 fatty acids . The seed oils you’re eating instead of “dangerous saturated fats” are loaded with these omega 6’s.
Lastly, ketones are superfuel for your brain. They have more ATP per gram than glucose, for instance. And they lead to more efficient energy usage. Why would you submit power your brain to with glucose sludge when you could power it with high- octane ketones?
Beef liver is one of the best sources of nutrients in the world. It substantially increased my energy levels because of the B vitamin content.
#4 The Carnivore Diet May Increase Weight Loss
The carnivore diet may help you lose weight. Studies show you gain weight for two main reasons:
(1) your insulin is always elevated, locking your body fat in storage mode
(2) you eat processed foods that throw off your innate satiation mechanisms.
The carnivore diet eviscerates these issues.
First and foremost, it reduces insulin levels by removing all foods on the Mount Rushmore of glycemia.
A Virta Health study on the ketogenic diet revealed that 94% of subjects with Type 2 Diabetes were able to eliminate or reduce their insulin dosage after starting the diet.
Body fat isn’t just a fashion statement – it’s supposed to be stored for later energy use. But when insulin is perpetually elevated, body fat is locked into storage.
When insulin levels fall, the opposite happens when it falls. You shed body fat for fuel.
The second punch: cutting out processed junk and powering yourself off of protein, fat and ketones will reduce your hunger. You’ll be more satiated, even at a lower caloric intake.
This study, for instance, found that simply eating processed foods increased caloric intake by 500 calories a day .
This is why people on the carnivore diet are losing 50+ pounds, even without exercise. It’s simple – your calories are more filling and more efficient.
#5 The Carnivore Diet May Rejuvenate Your Skin
Acne and skin issues are not natural. They’re diseases of western civilization – that’s why a 2002 study found that 0 out of 1200 Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guineas examined had acne. While over 90% of 16-18 year olds in Westernized societies do .
It pains me to say, but the truth is that I myself wasted thousands of dollars on acne meds and countless hours trying to dissect my pimples like a surgeon.
When in reality, all I needed to do was change my diet.
I bet the house on Proactiv, only to be dealt a losing hand every morning I woke up with a face full of acne. I thought Proactiv was god’s gift to earth, only to be let down when it made things worse.
Remember the phrase “you are what you eat?” Your skin is made of what you eat. If you eat junk, your skin will be junk. If you eat good foods, you’ll have good skin. If you eat porcelain, your skin will look like porcelain…… okay, maybe not.
You break out because you have inflammation and nutrient deficiencies that increase sebum production. Both of these things cause a hormonal explosion that results in a big, red, white head exactly when you need it least.
The carnivore diet can fix these issues. It provides you with copious amounts of acne- zapping vitamins and can reduce inflammation:
- Vitamin A (if you eat beef liver): Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for your skin’s health.
- Vitamin E
#6 The Carnivore Diet May Support General Health & Wellness
Insulin resistance is related to almost every disease :
It may not cause them all. But at the very least, persistently high insulin levels exacerbates them.
Good news: the carnivore diet may be able to help maintain proper blood glucose levels.
By increasing protein, cutting out high- glycemic foods, and removing the weapon of mass destruction that is vegetable oils, you’ll remove the worst offenders.
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