You have a much greater chance of ‘dying young at an old age’ if you observe the following two health and wellbeing principles:
- Principle 1 – eat nutritionally dense foods, where necessary as food supplements, and keep your energy intake down to no higher than what you need to maintain a healthy weight
- Principle 2 – be physically active
Diet, patterns of physical activity and degree of health are inter-related.
Plagues, infectious and chronic diseases
It wasn’t so long ago when societies were regularly swept by plagues. Millions died in Great Britain and other European countries during the Middle Ages and it wasn’t until the causes were found and addressed that these particular scourges were defeated.
More recently infectious diseases became the major source of deaths. Diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, hepatitis and influenza were rampant particularly amongst young people as were the deaths caused by these diseases. Without the advent of immunization technology, these diseases would not have been brought under control.
We are now faced with a third wave of diseases. These have been brought about not so much by nature as by how we choose to live. Our lifestyle has become the direct cause of a wave of sickliness (morbidity) and mortality. It has given rise to a number of chronic diseases that have changed for the worst the lives of millions of people.
Our Modern Lifestyle, the cause of many chronic diseases
In the face of what is now a global epidemic, one needs to be aware of the pitfalls that have been foisted on all of us.
- Lower nutritional levels in fruits, vegetables and cereals and thus the food chain that includes animals we eat such as fish, poultry and red meat. This has been caused by depleted soils. This trend is proving very hard to halt and reverse. How do you get back the fertile soils that you once had?
- Toxins – present in all kinds in food, in water and the surrounding air. They can damage our health
- Processed foods – these often have little or zero fibre content and few if any micronutrients because most have been damaged in the act of processing them. Don’t purchase ‘foods’ that your grandma wouldn’t recognize in the boxes and jars you now see on the supermarket shelves. The food may well be cheaper and quicker and easier to prepare but it is definitely not better.
(See Dean’s LinkedIn Posts 7/2/17, 14/12/16, 8/8/16)
Even if the intake of processed foods is minimal and fruits, vegetables and meats are part of the diet, the deficiencies created in the foods grown in under nourished soil is significant and seriously worrying.
In other words, these outcomes affect all of us, not just the 25% plus of the population who over indulge in the wrong foods, or in the case of obesity those foods that maintain a food energy intake higher than what is needed to maintain a healthy weight. This group easily falls into the grip of various chronic diseases. The rest of us are nevertheless seriously threatened by the ever increasing nutritional shortfall.
For the first time in decades the USA average lifespan has decreased. This result sends an ominous warning of further bad times ahead.
People need to strenuously resist the blandishments of the marketers who would have us eat foods suffering from these deficiencies. Such food may be cheap, but it is not good for you. ‘Cheap’ goes with ‘nasty’ when it comes to having a healthy life.