| January 1, 1970
If you’re asking ‘what diet is right for me?’ You’re asking the wrong question.
While we don’t advocate for the promotion of ‘fashionable’ or ‘trending’ diets, they all have value, because the first thing they do is force us to abandon the foods of commerce - the sugars, the preservatives, the hormones and all the other things found in processed, refined junk foods. So they’re a good starting point. But to promote the widespread adoption of one-size-fits-all diets is dangerous. While people in good health can often remain healthy on a generalised diet, sick people will often deteriorate because they’re not getting the right nutrients and minerals based on their specific challenges and requirements.
First, we have to establish what it is we are trying to achieve by following a diet - by following a set of nutritional protocols. So the question is, what challenges is your body facing and what does your body need to combat those challenges - in other words, what are your own unique needs? If you’re mercury toxic for example, then a paleo diet that is rich in seafood and laced with methyl mercury is going to compound the problem. An immune challenge - whether coming from a toxin, solvent, pesticide or a heavy metal - requires different building blocks to deal with that challenge. By looking at blood chemistry, we can identify exactly what these challenges are and what foods and nutrients will best address them - what foods will balance your body chemistry.
So while a paleo diet in its purest form may not be appropriate for you, a modified, well formulated version of it could be. This is the benefit of testing blood chemistry - we are able to identify what challenges your body is facing and we are able to build a diet and measurable strategy to meet your specific biochemical needs.
The point is, we need to let chemistry inform our eating plans, not trending diets.