MODERN LIFE’S TOLL ON HEALTH
It’s no secret that as much as we have advanced technologically, we have regressed nutritionally. We would have to be fools not to see how our health has declined since the advent of industrialised and chemically altered foods in the mid 20th century. In the 1920’s obesity was unheard of, much less type 2 diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure. Today it’s all around us. As much as we know about good nutrition and healthy eating, we are now more susceptible to lifestyle-related illnesses than ever before. Nowadays it’s quite accepted that we will either fall victim to, or know someone who will fall victim to, an illness that will require doctors, pharmaceutical drugs, perhaps even surgery. Each one of us is on some sort of health insurance plan, so sure are we of the inevitability of all of this.
We are more loaded than ever with stress – more so that at any other time in our history. Yet at the same time we are eating food containing fewer nutrients than at any other time in our history. Over-farming has eroded the soil quality, genetically modified foods have no nutrient value, pesticides further degrade our fruit and vegetables, and denatured foods with added salt, sugar, and chemicals not only deprive us of nutrients, but they create food addictions and allergies which can kill us.
Looking at our massive, modern-day, warehouse-type supermarkets that sell everything from cars, to TVs, and food all under one roof… we have to wonder. If this food is designed to fill huge shelves and last for months and still taste good when bought, just what is in it? Our bodies were not designed to eat this “food”, which is not really food at all. It’s a tragedy of our modern age that we have to work hard and seek out food that is natural and pure. It should be the basic right of every person to have easy access to the best quality food, but this isn’t the case. It’s cheaper and easier to buy processed, unhealthy fast food than it is to purchase a plate of fresh fruit. To eat the good stuff, we need to spend more money, so sadly most people don’t even get the opportunity to nourish their bodies properly.
100 Years ago we shopped at local vegetable markets, bought meat directly from the farms, got fresh milk delivered by the milkman each day (which went sour after a few days). Our bread was thick, heavy, and filled with delicious, healthy grains.
Today these basic foods look very different.
Fruit and vegetables are shiny, plastic looking “too-perfect”, and often genetically modified. They can be stored in warehouses for months before they are put out for sale. Milk is skimmed of all its goodness, has loads of added sugar, and is made to last for weeks in the fridge. Much of our bread is light, white, and yeasty, with no nutritional value whatsoever.
We don’t have to fall victim to the denaturalising of our foods, if we arm ourselves with knowledge. Taking steps towards a healthier future begins with ourselves. Knowing our bodies, connecting with our bodies, knowing our blood type and what diet is best for us. Being aware of food labels, questioning where our food comes from, i.e. is our beef from grass-fed, humanely slaughtered cows? Is our chicken from free-range, organic farms? Are our vegetables grown organically, are the GMO foods labeled as such? What exactly is in a McDonald’s hamburger?…A Starbucks Cappuccino?…A Subway sandwich? The results might startle you, but we owe it to ourselves to know exactly what we are putting in our bodies.
Online research regarding the origins of our foods is very important. We should know where our local supermarkets source their food. Food labelling is very clever, and very ambiguous. Trendy buzzwords and marketing will lead the consumer to believe in the health virtues of a product that is essentially a dead food with loads of added sugar. If food has to have a label reflecting its contents, then we should really be thinking twice about eating it. Nature doesn’t have to label food…but manufactured food needs to be labeled because it’s only partly food. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Food will either poison us or give us life…we have the choice as to which of the two we choose when we put food in our mouths. But growing awareness among the general population means that we, as consumers, can make changes with our wallets. Refusal to purchase food which is GMO, or laced with pesticides, hidden sugars, salts, and other additives, will go a long way in ensuring that we, and our children, can continue to expect and enjoy what is our God-given right: Access to clean, healthy, natural, REAL food.
Thank you for reading!