Paleo is a term you've most likely heard of. The diet turns a cheek to grains, legumes, dairy, and refined foods, and opts for what our ancestors consumed. And perhaps you've also heard of Ayurveda, which is a system of medicine from India that is 5,000 years old. It puts people into one of three "doshas," which are mind-body types. This helps you to find what you should be eating. The Paleovedic Diet combines the two. It's a new book by integrative medicine physician Akil Palanisamy, MD being released in January. Not sure how you feel about another "fad diet"? Well, Eat Clean's Stephanie Eckelcamp wanted to know just how it works, so she spoke with the author of the book to gain some serious knowledge on what it's all about, and why you might want to give it a try. On how it's more personalized than Paleo. Stephanie follows a mostly Paleo diet, and sees it as more of a starting point as opposed to a lifestyle, as you find yourself tweaking things as you go. That's where Palanisamy's book comes in. "I was seeing patients who were following Paleo but doing themselves harm by eating foods that weren't right for their body type or following a diet excessively low in carbs," explains Palanisamy. "That's when I started combining it with the principles of Ayurveda." [bctt tweet="A Glimpse at What Exactly the Paleovedic Diet Entails"] As for how Ayurveda complements Paleo, there is a checklist for each dosha in the book, which can help you to determine which one works best for you, depending on physical and emotional characteristics. "If you're a 'vata,' which is characterized by being light, cold, and a little bit frazzled or anxious, you'll want to eat warming and grounding foods such as meat, fats like ghee (a clarified butter), and spices such as ginger and turmeric," Stephanie explains. On how science plays a part. Paleo diets have now been linked to such things as reduced inflammation, stabilized blood sugar, lower LDL cholesterol, reduced risk of diabetes, and even improvement in symptoms for autoimmune conditions. "Palanisamy says that studies are now beginning to show that the three doshas are associated with differences in specific genes, supporting the idea that altering your diet in a way that makes those genes more active or inactive can be health-promoting," says Stephanie. On how it focuses on more than simply protein, fat, and carbs.