What is normal health?
Do you suffer from heartburn, period pain, sleep problems, constant infections or viruses, autoimmune disease, allergies or carry excess weight? You’re not alone. These conditions are becoming increasingly common, so much so that you might consider them as normal.
But while these conditions might be prevalent, they are anything but NORMAL.
Some abnormal but common health issues
Digestive issues like heartburn, GERD, constipation, bloating, diarrhoea and IBS
Repeated headaches, migraines, tension headaches
Ongoing tiredness, low energy, energy that peaks then crashes
Overweight, obesity, adipose fat
PMS, PMDD, infertility and menopause problems
Chronic skin issues like acne, adult acne, hives, rashes, folliculitis
Sleep issues such as waking frequently, not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep, and insomnia
Persistent infections and viruses
Ageing symptoms such as dizziness, loss of bladder control, stiffness, poor memory, years of disease, a long decline towards death, osteoporosis
Autoimmune disease, chronic illness, dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, allergies, food sensitivities, most heart disease
Being on drugs long-term such as high blood pressure medication, statins, blood-sugar-lowering medication like Metformin, beta blockers, steroids, pain medication, anti-inflammatories
A reliance on coffee, alcohol, sugar and refined carbohydrates to wake up and/or get through the day
Mental health challenges like obsessiveness, deep or ongoing sadness, euphoria, persistent anger, frequent anxiety, rigid or suicidal thoughts
Early death due to disease
In children, poor behaviour, ADD, hyperactivity, tantrums, anger, learning problems, asthma
What’s going wrong?
The list of illnesses that plague the modern world are basically signs and symptoms that something is going wrong in our bodies, and collectively so because many people are suffering from them.
The problem is we have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to eat and live a certain way, but we have abandoned that way of living and our health is declining because of it.
What does true health look like?
Ample energy to work and live
A positive outlook
Occasional short-term illness, which your immune system fights off
Calm inside and out
Clear thinking with good memory
Calm and happy children
Sleeping easily, deeply and through the night
Clear thinking with the ability to focus
Manageable life transitions
A quick and easy death in old age
some key causes of modern health problems
One of the main causes of chronic (ongoing) health issues is our processed foods diets. This is because they are high in refined carbohydrates, which not only puts stress on our bodies but is either low in nutrients or causes nutrient depletion
Chronic stress puts our bodies in a constant state of fight and flight or life and death mode, depleting them of the resources they need for basic everyday functioning
Chemicals, over 80,000 of which have been created since World War Two. They are poison to our bodies and yet they have been allowed to permeate our food and water systems along with the air that we breathe
Over-farming of our soil, meaning the food grown in it provides significantly less nutrition, especially minerals
Drugs and modern medicine, which focus on quick symptomatic relief rather than finding the root cause of disease and healing it
Other environmental factors such as plastics, radiation and EMFs, which are also toxic
Once we didn’t have to think twice before picking an apple off a tree, foraging for wild vegetables or hunting an animal and ponder whether that was healthy or if it contained too many carb or the right fats. We also used to be able to go the shops and get healthy, chemical-free whole foods.
MOST INDUSTRIAL ‘FOOD’ IS NOT about NUTRITION OR HEALTH
Why can’t we simply drink the water, breathe the air, eat the food around us and be healthy now? These basic functions shouldn’t be so complicated.
The answer is because most food, and the way it’s grown, isn’t aimed at creating health. It’s about increasing the profits of the big food companies and their investors. Rather than providing nutritious, health-giving food, their job as getting you to buy more of their food-like product, including by adding ingredients such as sugar and other refined carbohydrates that they know are addictive and using toxic chemicals in the process.
Modern food is also about convenience. We expect everything to be fast and easy. We’ve lost our connection with the land and our food sources. This has also distorted our views of what food actually is.
What you can do about it
You have a choice. You can eat industrialised foods and let your taste buds be manipulated, eventually watching your and your family’s health decline.
Or you can take back control, learn what real food is and make conscious choices over what you consume. Why? To create better health so you can live a better life, and hopefully avoid common diseases like cancer, heart disease and dementia.
Here are some ways you can take back control
Educate yourself on what real food is and eat accordingly. Our free eBook is a great place to start (subscribe below or here)
Vote with your wallet by buying chemical-free or organic real food
Take back responsibility for your and your family’s health
Consciously choose what you eat and drink
Reduce stress, which doesn’t have to cost money
Rethink the frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
Understand that true health involves change and vigilance
Know that your health is the best investment you can make for your future
Learn how to cook – including batch cook – tasty, easy, quick and convenient real meals
Let politicians and others know how you feel
What is real food anyway?
Real food is food that hasn’t been processed, or in other words it doesn’t come from a packet containing multiple ingredients including lists of unreadable names and strange numbers. It can be harvested, hunted or caught. It spoils or rots fairly quickly because it’s fresh and full of normal, healthy microbes
Real food hasn’t been altered by humankind i.e. it’s hasn’t been genetically modified, pasteurised or homogenised, refined or fed unnaturally like grain fed meat, or had chemicals added to it
You rule your mouth, not the other way around
Finally, remember that you rule your mouth and not the other way around. Don’t allow alcohol, coffee, recreational drugs, sugar or other dependencies to manipulate your behaviour. Once you change your diet, the healthy bacteria in your gut will adjust and you won’t even crave these things anymore.
Written by Nore Hoogstad