As we all know health is the greatest possession, however, many may not aware that to have good health nutrition does play an important role. No matter what state of our health, we need to receive nutrients continually for our body to remain stable and balanced. Our body needs nutrients to have the energy to face the various day-to-day life challenges.
Although nowadays, people generally eat well this does not mean they eat healthily. For example, unhealthy eating coupled with unhealthy living habits such as late nights, alcohol abuse and smoking has caused imbalances in the body’s systems and give rise to the onset of what the so-called “rich man’s diseases” like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Unlike in the past, people mostly died from infectious diseases or malnutrition due largely to the relatively low standards of living then. Putting a stop to diseases before illnesses take root, we must establish a good living and dietary habits, and know the relationship between nutrition and the immune system.
Because we are responsible for our own health, and good health needs to be earned and not leave it to the doctor. In view that the speed of disease incidence far exceeds that of advances in medical research, hence the key to good health and longevity lies in disease prevention, maintain good health with diligence and to take active steps every day even from an early age will help us build a solid foundation to defend against diseases.
To fight diseases effectively, we need to have a strong body immune system, and to have a strong immune system, suitable nutrient intake is definitely required. There are studies showed that wholesome plant and natural foods and not medicines that are truly beneficial for our body.
What I would like to stress is that to live a long, healthy life, during which we can spend quality time with our loved ones, is not a wishful thinking. Look around us, how many are really die of old age compared to those aged 60 and below that die from diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. What I meant is that, to live to 100 years old or longer, the key is in disease prevention.
Eating a suitable balanced diet with suitable nutrition intake, exercising moderately as well as keeping a positive outlook on life can definitely increase our chances of living healthily to 120 years old.
Tan Kok Hui
Nutrition Made Simple, Life Made Rich