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Saturday, 10 July 2010 09:27

One of the significant effects of the web and the information revolution in general over the last 30 years is that the world seems to become smaller and smaller. There has been an explosion of information on diet and lifestyle from a wide range of cultures including Asian, African, Oriental, Indian, Middle Eastern and a variety of European countries. When these cultural recommendations are examined there are common features that represent suggestions for a healthier lifestyle through positive attitude, sensible nutrition and exercise. These suggestions are supported by western naturopathic philosophy.

Reduce, but do not exclude dairy products unless there is a known or suspected allergy. The human is the only animal that continues to consume milk and milk products after the age of weaning. The protein and f at balance in cows’ milk is well designed to grow new born calves into cows. The differences in protein and fat between cow and human milk seem to result in an increase in the risk of allergies and immune system problems for many.

Eat a wide variety of food within the food groups including protein, grains, fruit and vegetables.

Drink an adequate quantity of water in order to hydrate the body. This quantity for an adult is likely to be in the range of 1.5 to 2 litres. There is however quite a range of normal between individuals. Excess water intake can result in loss of valuable minerals.

Eat a mixture of whole grains, including wheat, barley, oats and spelt. Include plenty of rice with some brown and some white as both have benefit.

Eat a very wide range of vegetables including those that grow above and below the ground.

Include a wide range of legumes, (beans, peas and lentils). If these contribute to flatulence, including a little rice in the meal can reduce this undesirable effect.

If you are a meat eater choose from a wide variety including fish, poultry and red meat. Consider keeping your meat intake to a minimum as whilst the human digestion is that of an omnivore, ecological concerns suggest that the earth may struggle to continue to produce meat sustainably.

Take your time to eat and drink. Enjoy every mouthful. Chew your food very well and be sure to drink slowly enough to mix saliva with soups and fruit and vegetable juices.

Avoid processed food in favour of fresh and less complicated food. This ensures that your intake of chemicals such as artificial colourings, flavours and preservatives will be significantly lowered.

Try to eat vegetables and fruit that are in season. This reduces the intake of food that has been stored for lengthy periods or imported from countries where the quality control may be unknown or questionable.

Exercise cannot be underestimated in its importance as part of a healthy lifestyle. Choose a variety of exercise including some cardiovascular focus with brisk walking, cycling, swimming and rowing. Stretching focused exercises such as yoga and tai chi are also important. Sports such as tennis or squash can be useful for a cardiovascular workout. Team sports such as netball or basketball also involve stmulus for the heart and circulation. Quieter team sports such as lawn bowls and croquet have a role particularly when physical exertion abilities are reduced. Sport also involves social interaction that is necessary for a healthy mental and emotional life.

Include hobbies and some with creativity. Read widely. Exercise the mind as well as the body. Smile more. Do not be afraid of change. Fear often prevents forward movement and can be a block to our self development. Practice patience, calmness, optimism and acceptance. Life always provides lessons to learn about what it is to be human for ourselves and for others.

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