Why our forefathers didn’t had Food Allergies?
Did your grandparents or their elders had food allergies? I am sure you never heard anything like ‘food allergies’ from them. There is the growing epidemic of food allergies, increasing and worsening with every generation. According to a study released few years back by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between the late 90s. Although it can be said that food allergy testing was not present at that time and it was not a focused topic or a concern in those days, but there is clearly an increase of reported food allergy cases occurring in today’s world. Food allergies are becoming a household concern and are on the rise. In addition to making life difficult for those who suffer from this modern epidemic, this is also further taxing to our medical system and costing us too much.
So let’s take a look as why your Grandparents never told about them suffering on Food allergies.
- They didn’t eat GMO’s, food additives, stabilizers, and thickeners. That food was not treated with additives, antibiotics, and hormones to help preserve it’s shelf life and cover the pockets of food producers in the early 1900′s at the expense of the consumer’s health.
- They ate real seasonal food. Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900′s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, the food was fresh. And because of absence of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food.
- They cooked food at home, using traditional preparation methods. Buying processed food was not an option, and eating out was luxury or was rare actually. Fortunately these habits actually increased their health.
- In those days a term dieting never existed, unlike today, as most foods we eat causes bloating and obesity with all the added chemicals, additives, stabilizers, preservatives, food colouring agents , flavouring agents which are prevalent in today’s foods.
- They didn’t stay inside all day like us, as now cell phones, computers and gaming systems bar us from going outside. They used to spend most of their leisure time in nature. Because of this they used to get more of Vitamin D, it is so important for a healthy immune system & the immune system regulates allergic response as well as the ability to resist and fend off illness.
- They ate the whole animal that included mineral rich bone broths and organ meats. Animal bones were saved or bought to make broths and soups. These foods were valued for their medicinal properties and never went to waste.
- They didn’t go to the doctor when they were sick. Doctor visits were only in the case accidental injuries and life-threatening illness. When they got a fever, they waited it out. When they felt sick, they ate light food and had lots of rest. They trusted the body’s natural healing process a whole lot more than we do today. Their food was medicine, whether they realized it or not.
Nutrition affects every cell in our body. The health of our cells is dependent on diet and lifestyle. Cells create tissues; tissues create organs, and we are made up of a system of organs. If your nutrition is inadequate, it will badly each cell, tissue, and organ in your body. But unfortunately we have gone very far now, due to our busy lifestyles we cannot avoid outside food or canned food. All we can do is take some precautions, that is to make sure that where we are eating outside is in a clean environment. Check properly the expiry date and contents of the food materials you buy. When you cook food eat it before 24 hours. Don’t store that food for long in your refrigerator and cook your food in a clean surroundings.
Remember, Something’s you can’t changes, but those things can surely be taken care of !