It our last article, we explored the link between chronic inflammation and disease. Chronic inflammation is implicated in rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s, among others. Often you have chronic inflammation without knowing it is present. So how can you prevent this threat to your health, or stop it before it attacks your health?
If you’re throwing a backyard party this summer, you know your guests will be excited about a red, ripe watermelon. But after the melon is cut and served, don’t thrown away those seeds! In an earlier article, we highlighted 10 healthy benefits of watermelon seeds, which are surprisingly packed with nutrients. But there are more – in fact, here are 10 more health benefits of watermelon seeds.
Thousands of years ago, people didn’t floss. They didn’t have toothbrushes, and they probably didn’t make any effort to clean their teeth. Yet, based on archaeological discoveries, their oral health was much better than ours today.
Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, says:
Hunter-gatherers had really good teeth,[but] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up.
Scientists say it’s because of our diets.
Cooper and his researchers studied calcified plaque on the teeth of 34 prehistoric human skeletons. They identified the composition of bacteria in mouths, and found that it changed as the human diet transitioned from meat, vegetables and nuts to carbs and sugar.
Some of those microbes are protective, but other oral bacteria facilitate tooth decay. The researchers found that some types of disease-causing bacteria had evolved to using carbohydrates, and over time these crowded out the more friendly bacteria. The situation deteriorated during the Industrial Revolution, when people began to add processed flour and sugar to their diets.
According to Cooper:
What you’ve really created is an ecosystem which is very low in diversity and full of opportunistic pathogens that have jumped in to utilize the resources which are now free.
You’re walking around with a permanent immune response, which is not a good thing. It causes problems all over the place.
Modern people have harmful bacteria present in our mouths on an ongoing basis, which means we are constantly in a state of disease. That includes not just oral disease – these bacteria support diabetes, obesity, even cardiovascular disease.
Cooper says bacteria comprises 90 percent of the cells in our bodies, and he believes there is too little attention paid to this so-called microbiome.
We brush our teeth and we floss, and we think that we’ve got good oral hygiene. But [we’re] completely failing to deal with the underlying problem. Ten years from now, I think we’re going to find that the whole microbiome is a key part of what you get monitored for and treated for
If you want to take the first step toward the kind of oral health our ancient ancestors enjoyed, eat the way they did. Begin by clearing your diet of processed carbohydrates, and focusing on vegetables, fruits and meat.
You are more in control of your health and ageing than you may realize. To protect yourself from premature aging, you must of course avoid smoking, nutritional deficiencies and environmental stress. Staying fit is important in staying young, as well, but what you eat is the single most critical factor. Certain foods provide anti-aging support by enhancing cell growth and preventing cell damage. Antioxidant-rich foods reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the cells.
People have been cultivating bananas for thousands of years. Many primates eat the whole banana, including the peel. Although people in the West generally throw the peel away, people in some Asian countries consume the peels, which are usually cooked. Banana peels are not nearly as sweet as the fruit’s flesh, but they are rich in nutrients such as potassium.
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the United States. The banana is technically a berry. Unlike many other fruits, bananas are easy to peel and eat. Its fans range from toddlers to professional athletes. Aside from its good taste and convenience, the banana promotes good health.
At 38, the Patriots’ Tom Brady is still going strong, and he has said he plans to continue playing football well into his forties. To support their health, he and his model wife, Gisele Bundchen, and their children follow a scrupulously healthy diet. In a recent interview in The Boston Globe, their personal chef, Allen Campbell, offered details.
Peanut butter is not just for kids. The protein and healthy oils in peanut butter make it an excellent food for everyone, with the exception of the one percent of the population that is highly allergic to peanuts. Peanut butter can help with weight loss, diabetes, and can even lower your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Hunger is a problem in many areas of the world, but it is also important for us to remember that an estimated 50 million Americans face hunger every day. Yet a full 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten. Twenty pounds of food, per American, is wasted every month. That is a total of $165 billion of food, every year, that winds up in landfills and decays (adding to emissions from methane). If we could reduce that amount by even 15 percent, we could cut hunger among Americans by half.
Palm oil is the vegetable oil most commonly used throughout the world. Because of its versatility, it is used in the manufacture of products from snack foods to shampoo, and even biofuel. It is estimated palm oil is found in approximately half of the packaged items on supermarket shelves.