The rate of health problem is rising day by day in the past few decades. It is increasing instead of the vast availability of resources in form of easy availability of knowledge, foods, and other resources required to stay healthy.
What is the root cause of the problem?
What is making health condition worse instead of easy accessibility of foods?
You might have come across many of the health claims made with diet or nutrients. All those claims end up concluding food as the cause of those rising health problems.
Well the fact, foods are the reason behind major of health problems ranging from obesity, cardiovascular and major of degenerative disease.
But it doesn’t mean you can run into the conclusion that foods are the culprit.
Let’s explore the truth about foods.
Foods are our best friends that have been nourishing our ancestors and protecting them from diseases common in modern time.
In the earlier period, diseases like cardiovascular disease or any other degenerative diseases were rare. The simple reason was the healthy relationship between people and food.
They didn’t look food as the cause of the problem instead they knew the reason behind their perfect health is the food they eat.
But what has changed in the past few decades that made our best health partner a rival.
Common Reason for the Boost of Health Problems
1. Food Processing
If you want to know the biggest cause of major health problems, then have a look in your kitchen. Major of food available in your kitchen may be processed foods. With the easy availability of that food, you eat more of those foods.
In a few decades, food processing has made an incredible progress, and it’s not at all good for health.
Now foods are rich in energy but lack vital nutrients. Foods are dense in nutrients than required. That means it provides excess energy than required but don’t provide the health boosting nutrients.
Companies make extreme health claims while marketing products and convince people to depend on those foods.
People fall for those claims and don’t try to check whether those products stand up to the promise.
It’s easy to avoid those pitfalls. You need not be a dietician to make a smart choice for yourself and your family.
Every processed food contains nutrition label, but it is the most ignored stuff by major of people. Nutrition label is behind every packed food and the real nutritional value of that food are in the nutrition label.
Whether or not the food is healthy, reading those food labels will indicate. Do the food stand up to the promise or it’s just a new product with heavy investment in marketing but lack the food quality.
Another problem to be taken care of is ignorance.
Awareness to eat healthy is there for a long time. It’s common that major know things that are good or bad for them.
But they ignore those signals and keep on eating food that gives a pleasure for a while and leaves them to crave for more.
There are lots of reputed blogs that educate to eat right but they ignore those and keep following their unhealthy routine.
Don’t stop ignoring things that can benefit you. Our nutrition is messed up and is the root of health problems.
Handle your health as it depends on you, no one can do anything if you don’t take effort. Take an effort to learn the real stuff behind every myth and keep on making consistent improvements.
3. Quick Fixes
Current health contains is the reflection of relation with food.
The healthier you, better was the relationship with your food. If there is any health problem then it’s a clear sign that your relationship with your food was not good.
Unhealthy relation with food caused the problem and if you choose quick fixes then you worsen the situation.
Looking for quick fixes, it won’t be helpful, instead, it will worsen the situation.
Major of the common fix applied to lose weight is cutting calories (than required), skipping meals, staying hungry, etc. All these strategies won’t be helpful as it will disturb hormones.
Craving for food increase when you quit any food all of sudden.
Staying hungry and deprived of food can lead to eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia.
Your energy level and productivity level degrade due to lack of required nutrients.
Role Of Foods
The role of foods in our life and health is vast, but there are three categories to consider.
1. Nourish Body
The primary role of food is to provide nutrients to the body so it can function. With abundant nutrients, body functions at its optimum to keep the body functions.
2. Boost Immunity & Provide protection
The second role of food is to provide nutrients so it can boost the body’s immunity to fight against any health problem. These nutrients provide protection from diseases like common cold, and even from chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, etc.
3. Help To Achieve Your Fitness Goal
You can set any fitness goal; to lose weight, improve strength, increase muscle, or even improve athletic performance; for every goal, food is there.
But What It Is Doing?
The benefits mentioned above are the role of foods but it is doing the opposite it was intended to do.
1. Don’t nourish instead of easy availability
In the past few years due to high processing, the energy density of food has increased. But that doesn’t mean it’s overall nutritional value.
Foods are rich in calorie but lack vital nutrients which use to make them healthy. During processing, they remove nutrients to improve shelf-life of food but those nutrients were the promoter of health.
Vital nutrients are removed leaving only dense calorie, which provides energy but lacks vital nutrients.
2. Increasing health problems
Health-boosting nutrients are decreasing in the food we eat that has increased the health problems.
The rate of obesity is rising which is boosting health problems related to unhealthy weight gain.
The rate of cardiovascular diseases and other degenerative disease is rising.
3. Delaying the time to achieve the goal
Obesity is rising and is one of the biggest problems in the modern society. People trying to lose weight have already messed with their food and they are doing more harm with that.
Along with delay or failure to achieve their weight loss goal, there are many other fitness related goals that have a setback.
There is always a solution to every problem when we consider it as a problem. Major of time we cannot recognize the problem or don’t have a look at the real issue.
If you consider nothing as a problem, it will be tough to have a look over the alternative that has a positive result.
Let’s have a look over what you can do to befriend your best health partner.
1. Learn about your needs
Every person’s need differ. You can’t eat the same of food others are eating.
Your lifestyle, goals and body type will differ. Everyone reacts differently to foods and nutrients. Some do good in the high carb or high fat, it doesn’t matter as things differ as per need. Your first task is to find out what suits you and adapt as per your need.
High fat or high carb doesn’t mean you can eat anything you like. You need to balance the nutrients and eat every nutrient (protein, fat, carb (starch & fiber)) in each meal for a better result from your meal.
Tip: Whatever you eat, make sure you eat the least processed food. Unprocessed foods are the best food that needs to be focused as they keep full for long and loaded with health-boosting nutrients.
2. Learn how nutrition works and its role
If you consider weight loss is the most complicated task, then you have missed the most important part.
It’s the right knowledge of nutrient required to achieve any of your goals. If you don’t know how a nutrient work and the way to use them, then you won’t be able to get the best that a nutrient can provide.
There are lots of myths that make us rethink what we have been following from long. In the past few decades, lots of diets have come into the light and new more diet will arise depending on assumptions.
All these will make you doubt over the healthy practices. You need to stop flowing with arising diet and myths.
To avoid any problem, you need to learn about the nutrients.
Learn the role of nutrients, how they work and how the body uses them. All the effort made while learning will turn fruitful while achieving your goal.
3. Focus on eating the least processed foods
Food was never the problem, it’s the past few decades of scientific advancement in the food industry.
Butter is the healthiest food when compared to processed foods like margarine. You can eat butter with no health issue but things get worse with margarine.
Higher the processing worst the food in nutritional value.
You don’t need to quit those foods but limit their intake.
Remind yourself that 80% of food intake should be from unprocessed foods.
4. Whatever claims a nutrient have, but a balanced meal is most important
There are many claims made on the name of nutrients, for faster weight loss and better health.
Whatever may be the claims but you still need a balanced meal.
You need every nutrient in every meal to balance your nutrition intake.
Nutrition proportion may vary depending on your goal but miss none nutrients as no nutrients are unhealthy in unprocessed form.
There are many ways to use food and nutrients for our benefits. Make the right choice then it will do good instead of harming you.