The media is filled every day with various headlines regarding specific ‘diseases’ or conditions.
‘Foods to help your skin’
‘Foods to prevent heart attacks’
‘Eating to prevent Alzheimer’s’
‘How to lose weight … fast …. or, according to this celebrity or that personal training ‘expert’.
The truth is that as people, as the biological species known as humans, there is a well-defined way we’re supposed to … live. This includes … everything – how we sleep, the movement our bodies require to be healthy, and of course how we should eat – all of which, combined, will create health. And remember disease is the lack of health, not the opposite (health is the lack of disease). The requirements are the same, regardless of the organ system – brain, heart, pancreas (insulin/diabetes), endocrine.
So whether your goal is to avoid heart disease, reverse a diagnosis of diabetes, lose weight, rebuild your health while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, or dodge the ‘dementia meteor’ that’s soon to strike, it pretty much all falls under the same heading: the healthy human lifestyle. For example this excellent article, although targeted toward Alzheimer’s, is just as true for the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, weight loss, autoimmune disease or cancer.
In a nutshell:
- Eat lots of organic plants
- Eat healthy fats
- Eat quality protein
- Avoid sugar and foods that act like sugar (bread, pasta, pizza, cereal)
- Avoid artificial sweeteners
- Avoid processed vegetable oils