Feed the mind, body and spirit: wise words from the Complete Guide to Nutrition and Health

October 10, 2014 • Diet, Domestic Goddess, Health Matters

If you want to change the world, begin with yourself, within your community. The Complete Guide to Nutritional Health is full of useful information and good advice. Its most important message can be expressed in a few words: food and nutrition is crucial to health. And as health is not only physical but also mental, emotional and spiritual, it might be better to say that the nature and quality of what we eat and drink are the most important determinants of our state of being.

This is an old truth to which writers such as Pierre Jean Cousin and my colleague and friend Kirsten Hartvig are bearing new witness. Everybody now knows that the incidence of tooth decay, constipation, gut diseases, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, heart disease and most cancers, in all populations and communities, is mostly determined by food and nutrition, together with tobacco habits and level of physical activity. In 2002, the WHO launched a new initiative designed to prevent chronic diseases throughout the world, with that message.

Everybody also knows that secure, adequate and varied food supplies are essential to prevent deficiency diseases; and nutritional deficiency not only remains a massive public health issue in Africa and Asia, but is also quite common among impoverished people who live in rich countries like the United States.

Furthermore, a vital message for families, and most of all for parents, is that exclusive breast-feeding until 6 months old, followed by weaning on to nutrient-dense plant-based diets, gives babies and young children the best protection against infectious diseases at the time, and also throughout life.


Article sourced from and with kind thanks to The Complete Guide to Nutritional Health.

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