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What are some important ratios to consider on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Omega-3 to Omega-6? Vitamin A to Vitamin D? Zinc/Iron to Copper?

Honestly, the only thing I try to balance is my o3 and o6. I don't pay much attention to my micronutrient ratios. Is it really essential to keep track of these?

I think it would be helpful to have a list of optimal ratios and what foods to eat (or what supplements to take) and how often to eat them that will balance the ratio out.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 25, 2012
at 11:26 AM

+1 under-rated ratio

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on August 25, 2012
at 01:45 AM

That all depends on how broken your gut is and what school of paleo you belong to.

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:53 AM

If you have any digestive issues, you'd be better with a ratio of 1:10.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Arbitrary eyeball units. ;)

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Is that by calories or weight?

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on August 24, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Sodium to Potassium is very important as a contributor to hypertension. The RDA on potassium is 4g/day but most people would be lucky to get half that.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 25, 2012
at 11:26 AM

+1 under-rated ratio

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A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on August 25, 2012
at 07:54 AM

How about some sort of ratio of muscle meat to liver, bones, skin, and greens? A la Chris Masterjohn's post on homocysteine neutralizing nutrients:

"Anyone Doing Paleo Without Liver, Bones, Skin, and Greens?"

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on August 25, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Its said that zinc to copper is something like 8-10 to 1 in men, and 5 to 1 in women.

I dont exactly keep track, but I am low carb, so I know I get alot of zinc from my meat. Not being a liver fan, I take 2mg of chelated copper a week, and eat a bit of nuts, to balance.

Your body can balance a little, but its good for your health to have this ratio in the ball park.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Plants to animals? I aim for 2 to 1.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 25, 2012
at 01:45 AM

That all depends on how broken your gut is and what school of paleo you belong to.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Is that by calories or weight?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Arbitrary eyeball units. ;)

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on August 25, 2012
at 12:53 AM

If you have any digestive issues, you'd be better with a ratio of 1:10.

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