Allow me to ask a few difficult questions:
How many young people do you know in the past 3 – 5 years that died suddenly of unknown causes?
How many persons aged below 45 years do you know that currently suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or “rheumatism”?
In the “good old days” only the elderly used to suffer debilitating strokes – how old was the last person you know who had this problem? Was he/she much older than you? It’s possible they were younger!
Cancers used to be very rare in Africa; is this still the case today? Have you lost close friends to this horrible condition in recent times? I know I have…
The truth is that the changes in our lifestyle have made people more prone to chronic and degenerative disease. And there is really not that much that we can do as city dwellers (including those of us in developing countries) to avoid most of the factors that impact negatively on our health.
Now, 3 key factors have been identified by scientific organizations across the globe e.g. WHO to influence our long-term health and wellbeing:
- Regular Physical Activity (Exercise)
- Rest and Recreation
- Fixing your Diet
With some self-discipline and time-management, one can exercise and rest adequately. The focus of this post is on our diet, which is the factor over which we currently have little or no control, for in modern times, we depend on the Government and Big Business to ensure that our food is grown and brought to our doorsteps.
So, why do we actually need food supplements? Is it not enough for us to just eat healthily? The truth is that although we are encouraged to make better and more informed food choices, there are some reasons why supplements are still important for you and I:
- Virtually all staples available in the market are processed, having been stripped of vital nutrients in order to reduce economic losses due to spoilage.
- Our bodies are exposed to toxic chemicals in the environment – in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, at home, at work, on the road, etc.
- Life in the city is simply stressful with the noise, the traffic, as well as workplace issues. This is wreaking havoc on people’s health!
- Growing of food with inorganic fertilizers and over-cultivation of land has given us higher yields but food that is much lower in nutritional value. This is a notable problem in rich countries.
- After harvest, food crops are often poorly stored and transported. For instance, fruits and vegetables, which are one of the most important foods, are often harvested prematurely, moved cross-country and often force-ripened, to the extent that they lose their life-enhancing powers.
This may shock you, but it is true: The food you currently eat does not contain all you need to live a sustained long and healthy life!
to be continued…