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WORLD FOOD DAY Food: The best preventive medicine (2)

WORLD FOOD DAY Food: The best preventive medicine (2)

                              8 Reasons Why Zero Hun­ger Changes The World
 
1.      Zero hunger could save the lives of 3.1 million children a year
2.      Well-nourished moth­ers have healthier babies with stronger immune systems.
3.      Ending child under nu­trition could increase a developing country’s GDP by 16.5 percent.
4.      A dollar invested in hun­ger prevention could return between $15 and $139 in benefits.
5.      Proper nutrition early in life could mean 46 percent more in lifetime earnings.
6.      Eliminating iron defi­ciency in a population could boost work place productivity by 20 per­cent.
7.      Ending nutrition-related child mortality could in­crease a work force by 9.4 percent.
8.      Zero hunger can help build a safer, more pros­perous world for every­one.
 
Food As The Best Preventive Medicine:
Many of us have the oppor­tunity with which to adjust and many others have lost. We have a chance to chart our new; lives, which could help us live a life of fulfillment in good health. Our surest sur­vival strategy is to protect the body from illness, it is the best, and the most rewarding approach.
We have the state of our health on our bare hands, because we are part of our health, as we are part of our disease.
Foundation for Better Nu­trition and Rehabilitation advocates that we modify our diets in the best interest of good health as eating good food is the cornerstone of all efforts in promoting health and it is an Edible Insurance Policy that pays good divi­dends.
It is true that our diseases have their root in food, which means that the food we eat has the capacity of nourishing us, as well as planting a seed of illness and this is deter­mined by the type of food we eat. When we eat a balanced diet, the cells in the body will be nourished, their activities will be well and we will enjoy a feeling of well-being.
This emphasizes that it is our individual responsibility to stay healthy, because no two persons owns a body.
When we talk about food, we are referring to the raw material that builds, main­tains and repairs the body. We have two classes of food: (balanced food and junk food).
A balanced food contains the necessary nutritional chains of life in their right proportion and quality.
A junk food contains a cer­tain percentage of what nour­ishes us, and the other per­centage nourishes the doctor, because the cause of dol­drums in health. Example of junk foods: high in carbohy­drate, through starchy foods, cholesterol loaded via fatty meats, and poor cooking oils, chemicals from seasoning preservatives and additives.
Denatured through over processing, or wrong meth­ods of cooking. Low in vita­mins, minerals and fibre due to none or little inclusion of fruits and vegetables in our meals.
For us to understand the effect of food on health, the body could be compared to an automobile that uses fuel for energy, engine oil for lu­brication, water for cooling, brake oil for maintaining breaking efficiency and air in the tyres to make them more resilient to shock, and we all know that when one items is missing or a wrong thing sub­stitutes, that the automobile will not function well until the problem is rectified, this is exactly what happens in the body, though they do not use the same items but they work on the same principle.
We have reached a point where what we eat and how we live our lives should be our number one health con­cern because the problem of food and its effect on health is a cold war, and many of us, because of ignorance, dig our graves without teeth, thereby sacrificing health at the alter of appetite.
Today the problem of ane­mia, kwashiorkor and other vitamin deficiency problems are greatly reduced, and they are seen more on the faces of refugees, because nutri­tional problems have shifted from malnutrition to over nutrition, the problem of the later is however subtle but more deadly. We now eat rich foods that contain substances that could induce heart prob­lems, cancer, hypertension, fibroids, pile, diabetes, arthri­tis just to mention a few.
Man, in his civilized and modern way of living, tried to improve on what nature had perfected and what he met was dietary inadequacies.
For example, high proces­sion of foods, have denatured food and, worsened man’s problem by adding chemicals that affect health adversely.
Our soil is depleted due to over-use. Crops are now grown by the use of chemi­cals which forces growth ar­tificially, resulting in more foods, but less nutrients.
Some years back there would have been no need for nutrition education be­cause people enjoyed variety in food, to balance nutrients, but today, it is difficult if not impossible for many families to have such luxury as vari­ety in food when we compare our present day food with what was eaten by our great parents, it is clearly obvious that our food is poorer in quality but more appetizing due to its cosmetic dressing and seasonings. A diversified enriched food is an edible health insurance policy to sustain good health.

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