Written by Juliette Bryant, Nutritionalist, Faculty Member, School of Health & Wellness at New Earth University
If you don’t put the right fuel in your car you can’t expect it to work. If we don’t put the right fuel in our bodies we can’t expect them to work either. If we don’t use our vehicle regularly and in the right way (exercise) it won’t work properly.
Despite the billions spent every year on ‘finding the new drug’ to treat cancer, cancer rates are still rising. In Colchester recently, the hospital was overflowing with flu victims (including people who had been vaccinated against getting the flu). Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes are increasing. We face a growing rate of obesity, autism and mental health issues. The NHS is at crisis point. Something clearly needs to be done……
How about we focus on preventative health care? I was brought up being told, ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ and ‘prevention is better than cure.’ How about we educate ourselves about making sure we get the right fuel for our body and brain to work properly? My voice on this issue is part of a rising clarion call. Public Health England says that preventable illnesses linked to diet and lifestyle costs the NHS about £11bn a year. Sir Muir Gray, former NHS chief knowledge officer is calling for doctors to give out wellness prescriptions. He said, “some diseases are preventable, some aren’t, but most of what happens is not genetic, it’s due to environment and lifestyle, and well as our attitudes and beliefs.”
Linus Pauling, twice winner of the Nobel Prize said, “you can trace every disease, every sickness, every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Why are people suffering in there millions because they are deficient in minerals and other essential nutrients? Where are these nutrients meant to come from? Our food of course! But our soils have been farmed so intensively over the last 80 years that many of the nutrients once there have gone. People in the west are eating more food than ever, but due to soil mineral levels and the amount of processed food now eaten, it is food with low levels of nutrients. Is it any wonder people are sick? Their fuel tank is not being given the right fuel. Shout this from the rooftops – we need to feed people properly!
Fortunately, we are now aware more than ever of lifestyle changes that can help us maintain good health and help prevent disease. We now know the World Health Organization classes eating processed meat as a level 1 carcinogen (the same as smoking and exposure to asbestos), and more people are choosing to remove or reduce animal products and experiencing better health because of it. We know eating fresh fruit and vegetables reduces our risk of cancer and heart disease. We know that eating over 20g of nuts a day will significantly reduce our risk of many killer diseases. We know that certain ‘superfoods’ such as maca, marine phytoplankton, kale and raw cacao are nutrient rich foods helping to overcome deficiencies. We know that an apple a day will help keep the doctor away. And more timely news is the recent study published in the British Medical Journal, which shows that regular consumption of vitamin D can reduce the risk of colds, flu and other dangerous infections such as pneumonia.
I have known about the grave dangers of vitamin D deficiency for many years, and researchers such as Dr J Mercola have been talking about it for decades. Vitamin D deficiency is indicated in immune problems, bone health, cancer and many other diseases. Our major source of vitamin D is from the sun, though in the UK climate it is arguable if it is possible to get enough just from the sun, especially with people’s indoor lifestyles. Please note the sun is the source of light and life on our planet and exposing the bare skin to the sun for a short time each day is very good for us. However, getting sun burnt and over exposing our skin to the sun should obviously be avoided.
To make sure I am getting enough vitamin D I take a vitamin D3 supplement. This is available as a simple spray or in tablet form. Dosages of nutrient levels are key here. The government proposes a dosage of 10 iud per day. However, some health experts suggest higher dosages for therapeutic effects of 2000 iud per day.
I try to get out in the sun every day (even in winter and when it is cloudy – the sun is still up there!). I expose some bare skin to the sun without the use of chemical sun cream. Vitamin D forms microscopic oil droplets on the skin, which takes 24-48 hrs to be re-absorbed. Therefore to absorb vitamin D most effectively, I need to avoid soap on the parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun, otherwise this can wash away the vitamin D before it has been re-absorbed. I like to stretch out in the sunshine and give gratitude for the day.