“YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS - SECRETS OF A LONG, HEALTHY LIFE” TEXT OF A LECTURE DELIVERED BY GBOLA ADEBISI (F.D) AT THE 2006 ZANAS FEAST OF BARACUDA ON 17 APRIL 2006 AT BLUE ISLAND RESORTLEKKI – EPE EXPRESSWAY, KEKKI. LAGOS STATE
SEVEN DEADLY SINS COMMERCE WITHOUT ETHICS PLEASURE WITHOUT CONSCIENCE POLITICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLE KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT CHARACTER SCIENCE WITHOUT HUMANITY WEALTH WITHOUT WORK WORSHIP WITHOUT SACRIFICE
OBJECTIVESAt the end of this “interaction”, participantsshould have: Developed a better understanding of basic nutrition and how it affects healthy living Understood relationship between active lifestyle and prevention of chronic diseases Realized the importance of moderate, regular exercise and work – outs Known that each one should take active interest in his/her health Realized that the body is has been so wondrously put together by almighty Allah with a natural immunity that is capable of self – healing. All the “owner” has to do to stay healthy and happy is to assist nature in doing its work.
WHY CAN’T I LIVE FOREVER? Machines – break down due to - wear and tear, neglect and or abuse – service or replace parts – same with humans But humans – unlike machines – replace worn out cells on a daily basis – Healing of injuries – minor or severe – is routine So ageing and break – down should just be normal. Devitalized and de - mineralized foods resulting from: Farming methods that do not rejuvenate the soil Chemical farming techniques that contaminate the soil Over – processing and de – vitalization of food Chemical preservatives, artificial colours and flavours Irradiation Man – made foods devoid of natural nutrition Pollution: Water, Air, Agricultural
A NEW WORLD, A NEW WAY!Paradigm shift in Medicine – the Pasteurian concept ofcause and effect – viruses, bacteria or fungi as cause ofdisease is giving way to the clear understanding that itis the weakened immune system – due to man’s health –destroying habits – over – eating, eating the wrong things, lackof exercise, smoking, drinking alcohol etc. BACTERIA, VIRUSESand FUNGI enter only at the latter stage – to serve as ‘naturalundertaker’ of a weakened immune system.BASIC CUASE OF DISEASE:• Constant over – eating• Over – indulgence in proteins• Poor digestion• Sluggish bowel movement• Poor Environment – pollution, smoking, alcohol• Lack of exercise
NEW DAWN, NEW DISEASES!A century ago the world’s major scourgeswere infections and childhood diseases.“Today it’s coronary – artery illness, diabetesand cancer. These are lifestyle disorders thathave everything to do with poor diets andsedentarism” says Holden MacRae, a SportsMedicine Professor at California’s PepperdineUniversity. (extracts from NEWSWEEKMagazine, edition dated February 20, 2006Page 37)
TAKE CHARGE, TAKE AN ACTIVE INTEREST Too many of us do not have the slightest idea of how to maintain good health When illness strikes, we rely on our doctors to cure us. We fail to realize that “the cure” comes from within. Nature has provided us with a wondrous immune system, and all we have to do is take proper care of this inner healing force. Repeated studies show that even modest changes in lifestyle can bring marked changes in health. For instance, the longer people stay on their feet during the day, the leaner they are.
NOTABLE QUOTES“The significant problems we have cannot besolved at the same level of thinking with whichwe created them” – Albert Einstein.“Your food shall be your Medicine” –Hippocrates, father of Medicine.“A wise man should consider that health is thegreatest of human blessings:“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
YOU AND YOUR GUT! Good Health starts from the stomach You are what you eat. The Mental Health Foundation revealed in February 2006 that studies had clearly linked ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Depression, Alzheimer’s and Schizophrenia to junk food and the absence of essential fats, vitamins and minerals in diet. An Oxford University Study published in May 2005 showed that junk food and highly processed diets caused bad behaviour and learning difficulties in children. It also suggested that ADHD could be ‘treated’ by an improved diet, rather than by medication.
YOU AND YOUR GUT! What are these culprits?- Fizzy drinks- Fast foods – processed carbohydrates – meat pies, doughnuts, cakes, chocolates, burghers, Big Macs etc.- News came during the week of February 05 2006 of the story of a young man of 20 who died of malnutrition in Britain, having never eaten anything but Chips, White toast and Baked beans, a diet which caused fatal liver cirrhosis.
IMPORTANCE OF FRUITS Oldest form of food known to Man. Adam ate an Apple; the forbidden fruit of heaven. Fresh fruits - natural staples of Man - substantial quantities of essential nutrients in a rational proportion. Excellent sources of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Easily digested - cleansing effect on the blood and GIT. Ensures good health. Ailments caused by intake of unnatural foods can be successfully treated by fruits.
WATER: FOR HEALTH, FOR HEALING, FOR LIFE Water, water everywhere, yet not enough did wedrink. Water, water everywhere, still our bodies didshriek and shrinkChronic dehydration is a primary cause of manyserious, chronic diseasesFour Mistaken assumptions in Modern Medicine:1. Dry mouth is the only sign of dehydration2. Water is a simple substance that only dissolves and circulates different things – not an inert substance – life – sustaining and life - giving3. The human body can regulate efficiently its water intake throughout the life – span of the person – sensation of thirst decreases as a person ages4. Any fluid can replace the water needs of the body – many beverages used commonly do not function like water in the body.
WATER, THE BIZARRE AND THE SIMPLE The Human body – 75% water and 25% solid matter The Brain is 85% water and extremely sensitive to any dehydration or depletion of its water content The Human body rations water efficiently – serving the most needy and starving the less important. The brain takes absolute priority over all other organs Sensation of thirst decreases as we age. Elderly people are less able to recognize dehydration than younger men
CONSTANT OVER – ACIDIFICATION OF THE BODYThe human body is designed by Nature tofunction optimally at 80% alkaline and 20%acidic. So should be the proportion of ourdiets.But instead, most people’s diet is inverted80- 90% acid forming - foods and only 10%Alkaline. There is an abundance of Sugarand High protein in our diets. Too much ofrefined carbohydrates.Lack of fresh, green food
CONSEQUENCES OF OVER – ACIDIFICATIONAn unbalanced, overly acidic diet producessick cells, and a sick body. You’ll see theeffects of this acidic imbalance in: Low energy and fatigue Digestive problems Excess weight Unclear thinking and depression Aches and pains Just feeling “sick and tired”
Basic Alkalazing Diet Suggestions Eat green vegetables with almost every meal Eat legumes and grains – Beans, maize and such like foods Eat fruits regularly and generously – Oranges, Pine Apples, Apples, Mangoes etc Increase alkali – forming foods – Soy beans, Carrots, Onions, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Coconuts, Spinach. All vegetable juices are alkali Avoid acid – forming foods – Pork, beef organ meats – Liver, Eggs, Turkey, Corned beef, Sour cream, Coffee, Tea, Beer, Wine, Soda Pop (Coke/Fanta), Margarine and Butter Feature proteins in your diets – Fresh soy beans, Soy oil, fresh fish Drink plenty of Water Limit Milk, Ice cream and especially Cheese Avoid Smoking or chewing Tobacco Avoid Alcoholic beverages.
REGULAR EXERCISE Improves digestion and elimination Increases endurance and energy levels Promotes lean body mass while burning fat Lowers overall blood cholesterol while increasing the proportion of “good cholesterol” (HDL) to “bad” cholesterol (LDL) Reduces stress and anxiety, which are contributing factors to many illnesses and conditions.In addition, regular exercise has been known to: Elevate mood, increase feeling of well – being Reduces anxiety and depression
TAKE – AWAYS – CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Avoid Foods that contain Additives and Artificial Ingredients Increase your consumption of Raw products (Fruits, Seeds, Plants - High fibre content Avoid over – cooking your foods Undertake moderate exercise – min. 3 times a week Avoid excessive intake of common salt Develop a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) At 35+ consider taking a dietary supplement – multivitamins, multi – minerals; preferably of natural origin. Drink at least 2 big bottles (‘Ragolis’ size) of Water daily Have a healthy (but safe) sex life!
LIVING WELL AND EATING WELL YOUR HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDSTHANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION