Do you eat to live or live to eat?

Diet and nutrition advice is quite often focused on how much we have to eat, and misses the  point: more important than how much, how often, and when we eat, is what we eat.

Diet books are perennial best sellers. Almost every popular magazine features nutritional advice, TV and radio programs constantly discuss diet and health. Given the enormous amount of information, are you confident that you know what you should be doing to improve your health?

Should I buy food that is labeled organic to avoid pesticide exposure? Are environment chemicals the primary cause of cancer? Or is my health predetermined by the genes I inherited when I was born? Do carbohydrates really make me fat? Should I be more concerned about the total amount of fat I eat, or just saturated fats and trans-fats? What vitamins, if any, should I be taking? Should I eat fish, and if so, how often? 

My guess is that you are really not sure of the answers to these questions. If this is the case, then you are not alone. Even though, information and opinions are plentiful, very few people truly know what they should be doing to improve and maintain their health.

Related article: What is “True Health”?

This isn’t because  the research hasn’t been done. It has. We know a huge amount about the links between nutrition and health. However, the real science has been burier beneath a clutter of irrelevant or even harmful information-junk science, fad diets, food industry advertising and so on.

There are hundreds and hundreds of findings published in the most reputable scientific journals, which show that what we eat and what our bodies are able to absorb shapes our health accordingly. These findings demonstrate that a good diet is the most powerful weapon we have against diseases, and that a good diet gives us the leverage towards better health.

Even with all that information available, unfortunately, by any number of measures, our Western world’s health is failing. We spend far more, per capita, on health care that we have ever spent, and yet the percentage of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer has been rapidly rising. To make matters worse, we are leading our youth down a path of disease earlier and earlier in their lives.

These issues all come down to three things:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER.

Nutrition is an enormous topic, and with even more enormous importance to our health and wellbeing. Here at The Health Podcast, we shall therefore discover truths about what foods we can benefit from, and health tips people may apply to their lifestyles in order to get the best out of life.

As Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

 

For more information please refer to upcoming podcast episodes and articles.

“Your lifestyle choices today can change the world tomorrow, so why not change it for better?!”

Dr Stefan Gospodinov DC (MChiro) 

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