Even though people are living longer today than ever before, there are a number of conditions today that can shorten one’s lifespan. Some of those conditions include heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Interestingly, these conditions were virtually unheard of during ancient times.
One of the reasons that people in earlier times were less likely to have many of the chronic conditions that people have today is because they ate a lot healthier. Think about it, people back in those days did not have expensive cosmetic surgery, botox and liposuction to rely on. All remedies were natural and worked magic. Below are some of the ancient diet secrets that can still work today.
Heavy Consumption of Fruits And Vegetables
During the hunter-gatherer times, people ate lots of fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are low in sodium but high in potassium. These foods are also low in calories. Therefore, it would be very wise for people today to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet.
No Processed Meats
Contrary to popular belief, the cavemen were not vegetarians. They ate many of the same animal foods that we ate today, including beef and fish. However, the cavemen did not eat processed meat. Meat itself is not bad, but processed meats contain more sodium than the unprocessed kind. Furthermore, many of today’s meats contain toxic chemicals, which have been shown to increase the risk of cancer.
Heavy Consumption of Nuts
Nuts were an important part of the caveman diet. This food provided the hunters and gathers with the protein that they needed. In fact, researchers believe that the cavemen ate more protein than the average person today. Nuts are also an excellent source of healthy fats. You should have a handful of nuts every day. Studies have shown that people who eat at least five servings of nuts per day are 35 to 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease.
Limited Consumption Of Carbohydrates
Cavemen did not consume refined grains, so their consumption of carbohydrates was quite low. Researchers estimate that only 22 to 40 percent of the calories in the caveman diet came from carbohydrates. Excessive amount of carbohydrates can lead to weight gain. However, it is important to note that the body uses carbohydrate for energy. You can reduce the amount of carbohydrates that you consume, but there is no need to eliminate them completely.
Cavemen Consumed Honey
Many people do not know that honey has been around for over 8,000 years. It is one of the few sweet things that the cavemen consumed. Honey has been shown to have antifungal and antibacterial properties. It also contains antioxidants that can reduce the risk of cancer. Furthermore, honey can help promote healthy skin.
Written by Sonya Kelsy
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