Planet Earth, Human Adaptions & a Healthy Diet
Evolution, adaptation, and tradition are part of human culture and the lifestyles of many other species. When we take walks in the forest and observe animals, we see them using resources in both traditional and innovative ways. We also observe animals with a long history of adaptation to their environment, their daily routines, and life cycles.
Human health is closely related to a range of adaptions that we have developed in order to live in our environment. Many health challenges occur when conflicts arise between our natural adaptations and what we have come to expect from our bodies. In an extreme sense, lack of sleep, injuries, and nutritional deficiencies may occur when we live in a manner contrary to our natural adaptations. We are set up to require varying levels of sleep and certain dietary nutrients, while our responses are programmed to respond immediately to environmental conditions. In order to promote better health, wellness, and longevity, a big picture look at our bodies and our environment from an ecological perspective may be helpful.
When people travel around the globe or experience dramatic transitions in diet, environment, and lifestyle, some medical issues may become apparent with some time. Shifts in diet and temperature and sudden changes in lifestyle put pressure that may reveal inherent weaknesses. Excessive acidity is a leading problem when our needs are not looked after, and our bodies do not run well.
Genetic diversity exists across different populations. Distinct body types may require varying levels of sleep or diets, while environmental factors affect people differently according to their genetics. In addition to the genetic predispositions in distinct populations worldwide, different body types may be found, even within the same family. Biotype theory indicates that personal hormone patterns influence physiology, lifestyle needs, and health. By paying attention to your body type, whether adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, or one of the others, you tailor your lifestyle choices to best suit you in the areas of sleep, exercise, dietary supplements, and food choices. Physical build and our individuality should be given more consideration when choosing sports and careers. Part of the strength of any society is in diversity. Depending on your natural coloration and metabolism, you may experience increased risks of sunburn, skin cancer, and eye damage or temperature and humidity effects, respectively.
By paying attention to your body type, whether adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, or one of the others, you tailor your lifestyle choices to best suit you in the areas of sleep, exercise, dietary supplements, and food choices.
A growing problem exists in the area of diet. Many modern, western-style foods contain less than ideal components and daily values in different proportions than we are adapted to eat. By contrast, many traditional diets are lower in trans-fats, sugars, and carbohydrates and promote health and wellness. In addition, food additives, hormones and toxic chemical contaminants that find their way into some food supplies have been the subject of investigation for their potential role in a range of health challenges, especially in sensitive individuals.
Immigration into societies where western-style diets are popular often comes with a shift away from traditional diets with the adoption of the standard, fast food based lifestyles. In addition, western-style foods are replacing traditional diets in many areas around the world. Traditional East Indian diets contain large quantities of dairy. However, a sudden shift to more processed products may result in health challenges of the type featured in our recent inflammation article. As a second example, Nordic diets higher in fish oils play a role in maintaining cellular health, skin tone and brain function, but a switch to North American fast food or home-cooked meals high in starches, meats, and processed ingredients may result in notable biochemical changes and deficiencies. Any diet that looks at nutrient requirements and some degree of balance and life-sustaining ingredients is likely to be healthier than a purely convenience based diet. Any carbohydrate not burned may turn to fat, which is playing a role in rising rates of diabetes worldwide that contribute to soaring health care costs!
There are certain supplements you may wish to include in your healthy lifestyle plan and a new focus on body ecology and environmental health. Digestive Enzymes help break down proteins while supporting digestive function.
Yvonne calls Papaya Mints, a digestion enhancement supplement her "after-dinner mints". This formulation may assist in cases of indigestion and provide improved fat and carbohydrate digestion in addition to freshening breath!
Garden Essence plant enzymes may help compensate for insufficient vegetable intake when greens are not readily available to balance meals, while Bacillus Coagulans Probiotics NutriBiome that is naturally heat-stable provides vital friendly bacteria in a readily usable form. Yvonne curbs her sweet tooth with children's Bifidophilus Chewables, which provide a pleasant flavor in addition to promoting healthy flora and digestion.
The way in which we approach eating is a consideration as well. Food has always been a bonding element in society, and rapidly eating meals or multitasking instead of sitting down for communal meals may limit the benefits received from even a healthy diet. Stress-related cortisol levels can be mitigated by ensuring a relaxing dining environment. Diet should vary throughout the year and at other times. A static, constant diet throughout the year increases body strain and may encourage nutrient deficiencies, digestive strain, or food sensitization.
In light of all the things we have covered today, the connections between history and present, environment and body plus individuality and diversity become clear. By paying attention to diet, our environment, and the individual needs of our bodies, better health, and a satisfying, energizing lifestyle come within closer reach.
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This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health.