Three Types of Diets to Cure Everything

Whether you’re fighting high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, trying to lose weight or anything else health wise, your diet is going to play an essential role.

 

In fact, many of the above diseases (and more) can be reversed with diet alone.

Repeated studies have shown that just eating less or cutting calories is at best just a very temporary solution. Instead, it’s essential to develop a long term sustainable diet plan that includes a healthy, balanced diet.

There are several big diet trends and thousands of people swear to each of them as the best. So in today’s feature article, we’ll discuss three major diet trends and their pros and cons.

This is no doubt going to be a controversial issue, so please read on and take part in the discussion at the end of this post…

Here at Blue Heron Health News, we often have heated discussions regarding the best diet types among all of us writers. Each one of us has our own favorite diet approach. And each one of us can quote study after study that supports our favorite approach over others. And even sometimes warn about serious dangers of other types of “healthy” diets.

The funny thing is, that we’ve all used our different diet plans to cure ourselves of “incurable” diseases. And we all seem to benefit greatly health wise from our choice diets, even if they contradict other “healthy” diets.

So how can this be?

To try to explain this, lets look at three completely different diet types:

- The DASH Diet
- Cave man (Paleolithic) diet
- Vegan/vegetarian diet

The DASH Diet

DASH stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” but it’s not just hypertension this diet is widely recommended for.

It’s considered the best, most balanced diet plan by some of the most respected institutes in the world, including: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, The American Heart Association (AHA), The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, US Guidelines for Treatment of High Blood Pressure and more and more.

This diet is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat and that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products and high in proteins. The plan also attempts to reduce sodium intake.

It’s in essence the dietary system (with small adjustments) that governments and medical systems have been recommending for three decades. It’s built on a calorie/serving plan and would be what most people consider a “good balanced diet.”

And it’s true that the DASH diet is backed up with several very strong studies. Most people who suffer hypertension and other chronic conditions will most likely benefit from changing from the “average” American diet to the DASH diet.

But the hype from some of the aspects of these studies have also been misused and misinterpreted. For example, you might see “low-fat” labels on almost everything. You might find low-fat cakes that are loaded in sugars and calories… but no fat. Is that healthy?

There are also more and more studies coming out indicatong that fat may not be the enemy we once thought it was. And not all fat (not even saturated fat) is created equal. The same goes with salt and other aspects of the DASH diet.

The DASH diet fails to take into account the health problems from heavily processed food and the benefits of organic food. This has opened up new trends in other types of diets. Diets like:

The Cave Man Diet / Paleolithic Diet

The Paleolithic Diet is a relatively new trend. The rules are simple. You’re allowed to eat anything that a cave man 10.000 years ago would have access to or would have eaten and what could have been eaten without cooking or at least boiling.

This excludes any kind of processed food, diary products (cave men didn’t milk cows), refined sugars (including maple syrup and honey), most grains, starchy tubers (such as potatoes, which couldn’t have been eaten without cooking), legumes (beans, peas, peanuts – again can’t be eaten raw) and some oils.

Some extreme followers of this diet mostly eat raw meals – including the meat. But for the most part, basic cooking is allowed.

If you follow the diet “to the T,” you’ll only eat grass fed beef. This type of meat tends to be leaner, allow far less saturated fats, and have more balanced essential fatty acids. The vegetables should also be organic and seasonal, which makes them much more nutritional.

There is also an exercise plan combined with the diet that includes only basic tools and techniques that imitate movements cavemen would have done. Hundreds of gyms all over the world have popped up using these techniques.

We’ve listed several studies on this website revealing the health benefits of the cave man diet. In as little as 10 days people have dropped their blood pressure and cholesterol, reversed type 2 diabetes, cured arthritis and lost a lot of weight.

The critics of the caveman diet have, however, pointed out that its high protein consumption (from eggs, fish and meat) may deprive people of essential carbohydrates, which are most often considered an essential part of a balanced diet (although most people consume too many carbohydrates). High levels of saturated fat also raise concerns for many critics. High meat and animal protein consumption has been linked to various cancer developments in many studies, especially colon cancer.

The health benefits of the cave man diet – at least in the short run – are undeniable. The fact is, however, that this 10,000 year old diet is a relatively new trend in our modern world and we have very limited long term studies showing the results of this and other high protein, low carbohydrate diets. And we must keep in mind that even if the average cave man was lucky, he or she only reached the age of 25.

Which leads us to a diet that seems to be completely opposite of the cave man diet…

Vegetarian and Vegan Diet

First of all, let me clarify that vegetarian and vegan diets are not the same. Vegetarians in general don’t eat any meat or fish. Vegans also take out eggs, dairy products, and in essence, any kind of animal products.

A vegetarian diet is much more established than the cave man diet. And we’ve some very reliable studies supporting the long term benefits of being vegetarian and especially vegan.

Like with the cave man diet, people have repeatedly eliminated high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and other chronic diseases by going on a strict, nutritional vegan diet for a month. One of the most famous examples is former US president Clinton, who lost 20 pounds and reversed his heart disease using a vegan diet.

Long term benefits of vegetarian/vegan diets are also clear.

In an Oxford study following 6000 vegetarians and 5000 control group non-vegetarians for 12 years, researchers discovered that ALL types of mortality rates tested were drastically lower among the vegetarians – including heart disease and cancer. This was after adjusting for other health risks such as smoking and body mass.

Another study of 76,000 vegetarians revealed them to be 24% less likely to die of heart diseases than meat eaters with otherwise similar lifestyles.

Criticism of vegetarian diets point out that it’s extremely important to plan and balance the diet. Too many vegetarians fail to make sure they get enough essential nutrition such as vitamin B-12, riboflavin, zinc, calcium, iron, and essential amino acids such as lysine and methionine. Lack of complete protein is also an issue that vegetarians need to pay close attention to.

Vegetarians may also run the risk of not getting enough calories- something too many vegetarians make up with by consuming too many carbohydrates from things like pasta and rice. This causes many vegetarians to actually gain weight.

So What Is The Best Diet?

The fact is, most modern world people could benefit from just making some improvements in our diets. It doesn’t have to be perfect. And whatever diet you choose, it’s no big deal to cheat once in a while.

I believe the biggest health benefit comes from simplifying things. For example, replace heavily processed food with plainer, cleaner ingredients. That’s really what’s at the heart of DASH, Caveman, Vegan, Raw Food and any other healthy diets.

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18 comments

  1. I do enjoy beef and fish but would probably vote for the vegan diet.

  2. I reversed my type 2 diabetes by changing my diet as well as taking homeopathic remedies. Today I can now eat ice cream, biscuits, etc that used to raise my BG levels.

  3. I was a vegetarian for several years but moved to being a vegan a year ago. I have lost 70 lbs., lost type II diabetes, lost my high blood pressure and no longer take any prescription meds. Exercise was also an important part of my life changes.

  4. where does that live me, i have ibs, fructose malabsorption, low bloodsugar
    never ate sweet stuff, except fruit. There is no diet to help me get better,or is there?

  5. Having tried many many diets, some that worked and some that actually made my
    health issues worse, I stick to the adage which says moderation in all things.
    I believe healthy eating promotes health naturally and using common sense in what
    makes up a balanced diet is the way to go. Eating carbs, protein, lots of fruit
    and vegies, tea, sometimes a glass of wine or a cup of coffee will keep you from
    going too far over your healthy mark. Keep it simple and within reason in portion
    sizes and always eating breakfast will keep you healthy. Adding a very healthy
    mix of exercise each day would also benefit your health. I don’t feel it needs
    a diet name or label or just call it the common sense diet if you must have a name.
    Your body will tell you if you are eating healthy or not so listen to that first.
    I find that most “diets” per se are short lived and the results are also short term.
    Therefore just eat simple and don’t overdo any one part of your diet and you should
    come out ahead on the health scale.

  6. As well as the type of food being important, the cooking method should be taken into consideration. I have recently seen criticism of microwave cooking as having a very bad effect on the food we eat. Can anybody substantiate this – I have never seen microwave cooking so fiercly criticised before?

  7. I believe that what we do once in a while is no where near the problem of what we do on a regular basis. Most of us need more leafy green veggies and less junk food I believe the time it takes to prepare the foods we need may have caused all of us to settle for less nutrition in order to get dinner over so that we can get to those piles of homework, school activites, favorite TV shows ond on line activites.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS BOB, SO WAS I A LONG TIME AGO, YOU ARE SO RIGHT, I AM ONLY A 50% VEGETARIAN AND WILL SOON BE A 1005 ONE, THANKS AND BLESSINGS.

  9. Obviously there are no persons who, as do I, have the blood illness: porphyria. Many vegetables and fruits are poison to those of us who have porphyria. Check my AHHA article on google and you will see how awful bananas, grapes, garlic, soy and other varieties of foods will criple or kill us. My research has saved my life: I was born with the disorder, as was Napoleon. Nita Busby

  10. Always a pleasure reading these articles. It is agreed by all diet types that eating more natural foods and less processed food is the way to go. I believe the natural thing is to get more into natural foods, reduce to barest minimum, saturated fats, sodium, and other processed sugars\foods and a moderate excercise regime for cardio and muscle strength.

    Natural & Moderation is the key. Don’t overdo anything. Oh and listen to your body also. It will reveal what is good for you.

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  12. To Pam about microwaving being unhealthy. This has always been an issue for me as I like to warm up leftovers etc. However, I recently joined a company who has a product that you put on your microwave plug into the unit and one inside under the plate. This product will transmute the bad energy coming in and your food will be healthier and toxin free .

  13. tina i hope you did’nt pay any money for transmuting your mircowave. its one of the most ridiculous things i’ve ever heard.

  14. I think you are right about needing a life plan not a diet. Diets only work short-term. To permanently lose weight you need to change your eating habits. I’ve heard about, although I don’t know anything about, a blood group diet. This sounds a very good idea, as all people are different. I wondered if anyone at Blue Heron knew anything about it.

  15. Portion control and minimizing saturated fats and processed food seems to work best.

  16. Joseph P. Maniscalco, Esq.

    What does a Vegan Diet food listing consist of on a daily basis?
    Brealfast, Lunch and Dinner? Does anyone have a sample outline? Thank you, Joseph

  17. I moved back and forth between being vegetarian or vegan for over 20 years, but when I was finally healthy enough to try it out, I went on the specific carbohydrate diet, to see if I could get the gut lining to heal. It's closer to paleo than anything else, and I'm (very slowly) getting results with my autistic symptoms.

  18. Eat a little fruit, lots of fresh vegetables, a little meat, fish, little dairy, and stay clear of processed foods, sugar, bad fats, white flour, You know what's bad, use your head a little. Lots of water, no soft drinks, little coffee and tea, lots of wine, nectar of the gods, little beer, little liquor. Once in a while have a big spagetti dinner just don't eat like that all the time. Exercise, don't b a lazy beeoch. Get plenty of rest and sleep. Live well, big dog out.

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