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The Future of Healthy Living

We are missing a connection in sense of genuine wellness and practices of fitness for a reliable healthy lifestyle and well-being.
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"Before I got into med school, I knew what I was going to do- help people get healthy. But instead of becoming a health expert, I became an expert in diseases." Health Power.'
                 
There is a high need of adding wellness training and education, to increase awareness of lifestyle-related diseases.

Nowadays we are much attracted to sexiness over health. In today's business world, sweat is status and trimness is a success.

In this age of highly advanced medical sciences, several diseases rising should be at a lower rate, but the situation is contrary to the facts and hopes of medical sciences.

Modern epidemiology (the study of diseases in different world populations) shows that modern killer diseases are lifestyle related.

Improving nutritional epidemiology to take on global challenges.

According to Harvard School of Public Health(HSPH) Researchers;
Good health in today's world depends mainly on what we are willing to do for ourselves.
  • How we choose to live.
  • How we eat, drink, exercise, and whether we smoke or not.

How we eat.

Our food is processed, refined, concentrated, sugared, salted, and genetically and chemically engineered to produce taste impressions high in calories and low in nutrients.
While we eat to live, what we eat is killing us.
Also, Dr. Campbell in his book; "The Future of Nutrition" shows how the institutional biases have mystified consumers for a long and devalued the science as to the strength of evidence-based nutrition to deter and treat diseases.

Researching nutrition facts for 40 years Dr. Campbell explores the truth of wholism and living in conformity with nature became much more than well-documented science. Everything comes together as a whole and make rhythmic harmony with life and nature. I think wholism will change many lives for the better.

People in Southeast Asia for example, who have little access to rich foods experience few heart attacks.

Similarly, most people in rural Africa and South and Central America have little fear of diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses.
Yet, in urban areas and cities where diets are rich in fat, cholesterol, heart diseases and diabetes are epidemics.

In the 1900s people got 70% of their proteins from plant foods. Today we get 70% of our proteins from animal products high in fat and cholesterol.

Nutritious, high-fiber foods now represent only 24% of our daily calories, while fat and sugar intake have increased up to 250%.
   
Households in those days enjoyed hot cereals, cornbread, rice, pasta, and corn along with beans, potatoes, vegetables, and fruits.
These nutritious high-fiber foods made up to 
53% of daily calorie intake.

What can be done?

As we learn that refinement robs food of its fiber and nutrients, and processing adds calories, subtracts nutrients, and contributes scores of chemical additives, we are to make changes. We also discovered that meat and dairy products should be used fairly.


Healthy food habits.

  • Fresh vegetables every day.
  • Fresh fruits every day.
  • Whole grains such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread, etc.
Eating too many refined grains can raise the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
  • Healthy oils. Use plant seed oils in cooking, limit butter and avoid trans fat.
  • Water.Drink water, tea, or coffee (with little or no sugar). Restrict milk and dairy (1-2 servings per day), and juice (1 small glass a day), and avoid sugary drinks.
"We want people to use this as a model for their healthy plate or of their children every time they sit down to a meal either at home or a restaurant".said Dr. Erick Rimm, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at HSPH and a member of the 2010 U.S Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee.

To fight lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, and so on, we need to change our lifestyles and live Healthily.

Instead, move to the way that takes us back to the gardens and farmlands of our countries to fresh fruits and crisp vegetables, and the kernels of golden grains.


Sources

T. Colin Campbell. etc. al. (2020). The Future of Nutrition: An Insider's Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right. BenBella Books


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
The Nutrition Source. Healthy Eating Plate.

Magrone, T., Perez de Heredia, F., Jirillo, E., Morabito, G., Marcos, A., & Serafini, M. (2013). Functional foods and nutraceuticals as therapeutic tools for the treatment of diet-related diseases. Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology, 91(6), 387–396. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjpp-2012-0307


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