Infectious diseases are maladies caused by living organisms that are vectors like parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi. Many of these organisms are normally harmless, and they can even be living on the human body. However, under certain conditions, some of these living creatures can cause disease.
Infectious diseases are a direct result of inappropriate relationships that people have with their environment. The way we live directly affects health, well-being, vitality and our immune system.
AIDS, Sexual Transmitted Infections, Heart disease, cancer, and degenerative diseases like diabetes, cirrhosis, kidney failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and many others accounted for more deaths than everything else combined.
Degenerative diseases, which are some of the major lifestyle diseases, accounted for 60 percent of all deaths since the late 1990s. Follow these five basic principles and watch the results.
1. Eat “good” fats in the proper ratio – Because of processed foods, conventionally-raised meats and the abundance of vegetable oil in our diet, most of us consume far too many omega-6 fats (bad fat) and far too few omega-3s (good fat).
The latest scientific research not only continues to validate the important roles of EPA and DHA in human health, but it also shows that there is a whole family of omega-3 fatty acids, a total of eight in all, that contribute to optimal human nutrition.
2. Keep your blood sugar normal and stable – Chronically high blood sugar and insulin levels dramatically speed up the aging process and are primary risk factors for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, reduced immunity and more. Control your sweet taste and stay away from added sugars.
3. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are most crucial in our daily diet – Oxidation within the body is a primary cause of physical aging and diseases infections. It can be controlled by consuming a diet that is rich in antioxidants phytonutrients.
These are plant-based nutrients which support a strong immune system, normal cell growth, and long-term health of the heart, lungs, and eyes. But less than 9% of us are getting the recommended optimal servings of fruits and vegetables each day!
4. Exposure to sunlight for vitamin D – The benefits of vitamin D are so many, it’s impossible to list them all here. It is a powerful protector against cancer, heart disease and diabetes and is necessary for hundreds of functions within our body. Most of us don’t spend enough time in the sun. If you’re not able to enjoy the sun several times a week, then you should take at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day.
5. Exercise several times daily – Your body is meant to be active. It will quickly deteriorate if it’s not. Physical activity should be as high a priority as eating and sleeping. Be sure to engage in some form of exercise at least five days a week. Clean the house or wash the car.
Do some gardening for health – it gives multiple benefits against disease infections. At work, replace a coffee break with a brisk 10-minute walk. Ask a friend or colleague to join you. Most important, do the things you enjoy – have fun while being active.