The Paleo Solution is not just a diet and lifestyle for getting rid of excess body fat–it improves your athletic performance too! You’ll notice improved recovery time, reduced muscle loss, enhanced immune system functioning, optimal muscle glycogen stores, and a more consistent training schedule, among other benefits.
Here are five major benefits of the Paleo Solution and how it improves athletic performance:
1. Increases the Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) content of your food:
One of the many benefits of the Paleo Solution is the increase in branched-chain amino acids. Lean meats are high in BCAAs, and since this is a staple of the Paleo Solution, you’ll be sure to get plenty of these. BCAAs are vital to recovery from exercise, providing your body with the nutrients it needs to repair broken down muscle tissue. During extended aerobic sessions, adequate levels of BCAAs are critical to preventing excess serotonin from collecting in your brain, which leads to you feeling sleepy–definitely a condition you want to avoid!
2. Promotes a net alkaline metabolism:
The benefits of the Paleo Solution are numerous, and by eliminating grains, legumes, and dairy you eliminate many net acidic foods. This prevents your body from having to breakdown muscle tissue to balance out your blood pH level, thereby promoting recovery and reducing the loss of muscle tissue.
3. Improves Your Omega-3/Omega-6 Ratio:
Lean meats and fish have superior Omega-3/Omega-6 ratios as compared to non-lean meats. Another of the many benefits of the Paleo Solution is to improve your Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio, which reduces systemic inflammation, and brings your ratio more in tune with ancestral norms. A lot of people only pay attention to Omega-3s, but Omega-6s are something you need to pay attention to also, as they are omnipresent in today’s food supply and are inflammatory in excess. Most people today have a ratio of 1:10 or more, and ancestral norms were in the 1:1 – 1:4 range.
4. Increases Trace Nutrients:
By including tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, you supply your body with a diverse range of potent antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, thereby enhancing your immune system and improving athletic performance. Ramp up on veggies and fruits to help take your performance to the next level!
5. Replenishes Muscle Glycogen Appropriately:
By eating strategically, and only consuming carbohydrate heavy vegetables and fruits after intense aerobic/anaerobic exercise sessions (involving periods at 70% VO2 max or above), you will avoid excess deposition of carbohydrate as fat, and thoroughly replenish your depleted muscle glycogen stores.