Can we prevent Diseases?
Almost certainly yes; healthy life style and wiser food choices promises this
Diseases are preventable and reversible:
More I read, more I get convinced that most diseases are simply invited by us because of our faulty life styles and wrong food choices. I have read thousands of articles on food, nutrition and common diseases including many meta-analyses of scientific research papers. They all point to one conclusion that most diseases are preventable, if we are determined to look after our health by providing our bodies with correct nutrition and pursue active healthy life styles.
As everyone knows, recently President Bill Clinton reversed his heart disease by changing his diet. That is a great example for all of us. Scientific and other literature is full of facts, figures and stories that coronary heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity and even some cancers like that of colon are direct results of unhealthy diet. And when the diet is changed the condition is reversed in many cases. God Almighty has kept in his control all the sickness and health, but He has given us wisdom to us to choose between what is good and bad for us. Eating healthy and right nutrition is not that difficult a choice and not a big sacrifice for healthy and longer life.
Here are some facts:
Only about 100 years ago, there were only a few deaths due to heart diseases, which is now number one cause of death. Incidence of type 2 diabetes has frightfully increased. Obesity, Alzheimer’s and ADHD are new diseases that have appeared in the past few decades and are increasing in prevalence at a scary speed.
Our genes could not have changed in 100 years. Only cause of such a large disease load is obviously our life style and diets further burdened by the exposure to chemicals. This is a simple enough deduction. Globally the incidences of these diseases vary. And even that points to a single fact that in the past few decades we are more geared to Western diet and living styles. Convenience foods and preservation of food by refrigeration has become our way of life. Such pointers and interpretations are common and easily available. They are:
- Increased prevalence of Heart Diseases, Cancer and Diabetes, which are the major causes of death are on increase in past century or so.
- Many other ‘new” diseases are rampant in their prevalence, like Obesity, Alzheimer’s, ADD or ADHD etc.
- We have become a sedentary-life-style generation and are not as active as our parents were
- Many of our foods that we eat are processed and hence do not contain enough fiber
- We are eating a much larger calorie value foods and hence getting overweight or obese
- We are eating excessive amounts of added sugar
- Our consumption of vegetable based food has substantially reduced
- Our consumption of animal protein has vastly increase in shape of poultry, meat and milk products
- We hare becoming an indoor and air-condition using generation in past few decades
- Majority of us are vitamin D deficient because we do not work outside in sun; many authorities now believe that vit. D has important action at cellular level and that it is not only a vitamin but is a hormone
- The petrochemicals in the shape of fertilizers, pesticides, preservatives, chemical dyes, beauty products, many domestic cleaning products, food coloring agents etc. constantly expose us to harmful pollution. Some of these are damaging our health like cigarette smoke and others are known carcinogens
- Radiation levels in the environment has increased by almost 25% due to man made radiation
We are what we eat:
It is generally recognized truth that “we are what we eat”. Our flesh, bones and blood are formed from our food intake. The environment that we live in further affects our body and its health. With increasing population and their needs of energy and food our fresh air is polluted by the petrochemicals and their end products.
Let me also state the fact that death is certain for all living beings. But the number of years that we are assigned to live by the Almighty may be turned healthier and hence also perhaps longer by following some simple rules about out life styles and our intake of food.
Quote from American Cancer Society (ACS):
Here is a relevant quote on the official website of ACS, under “Stay Healthy” tab:
“More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests.”
Same is true for other serious illnesses like Heart disease and Diabetes and all its related complications. If we get determined to eat right food and change our life style to keep ourselves healthy, we can prevent almost all diseases. Such measures that bring us health are not difficult to adopt. We only need to be resolute and convinced that our health is more important than the trendy fads of food and amenities and conveniences of modern life styles.
Simple hints to make yourselves disease proof:
Here are a few simple hints to make yourselves most likely to be almost disease proof based on common observations. Despite ongoing scientific research and progress the disease load in humans beings has increased by several folds. Incidence of heart diseases, diabetes, cancers, ADD, ADHD and Alzheimer’s, are all on increase. From the following simple hints you would also agree that staying healthy is not really difficult. Here are the measures we all need to follow:
- If you are overweight, reduce it to normal according to insurance company’s actuary tables
- Get into habit of consuming plant based starch diet with a lot of fiber
- Bring your animal protein intake to minimal
- Stay away from all kinds of fats
- Consume only Unprocessed Foods
- Eat locally grown foods only
- Consume only as much calories as you need
- Stop storing left over food in fridge; eat fresh locally grown food
- Stop adding any sugar to food
- Stop drinking all sugary drinks
- Start dong some weight bearing exercises
- Also do some Cardio exercises
- Join meditation, yoga and communal prayer programs to reduce your stress.
- Have enough undisturbed sleep, say about 7 to 8 hours
- Raise your serum vitamin D to optimum level by exposure to sun