How many of us really trust that our bodies are designed for health?
We seem to have the expectation that our systems are going to fail and that we’ll require drugs and surgeries to keep them operating properly. But does this make sense? Should we require medical intervention on a regular basis? All the other animals on this planet seem to have bodies that stay in pretty good health when they’re able to live in a healthy environment and have enough food.
And yet, it’s true that humans routinely develop chronic diseases and end up taking drugs for the rest of their lives to manage symptoms.
It’s the norm to see unhealthy people wherever we go. In fact, it’s so common we don’t even notice it. But it is notable when we see a sick animal. So maybe humans really are just very poorly designed — or maybe we’re doing something that seriously interferes with our bodies’ health-regulating systems.
Why are we surprised that what we eat really matters?
Why are we likely to think that we can get what we need better from supplements than from food? Why do we think we need to add protein powder to our smoothies?
I think it can be hard for us modern Americans to accept simple answers. We’re impressed by complex, scientific, technological, specialized solutions to problems. If we consult a specialist about our health, we would probably be disappointed to hear something as simple as, “Eat plants. Lots of them. Different colors. Raw and cooked. As much as you want.”
Can we accept that there might really be such a simple solution to our problems?
It’s true that our bodies are complex. We have all sorts of self-balancing, self-regulating systems that technology can’t begin to match. But fortunately, it doesn’t need to. All we need to do is provide the basic fuel and materials our bodies need and our amazing and complex systems will work like magic. Good food, exercise, and fresh air and sunshine will allow our bodies to return to health, just like with the sick horses. A simple solution allows our complex bodies to attain and maintain health and vitality.
So . . . what if we ate plants? Lots of them. Different colors. Raw and cooked. As much as we want.
I’d like to hear what kinds of simple things you’ve done that have helped you get healthier. Or maybe reading this triggered some thoughts about what you might implement to improve your health. Please share your thoughts below!
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.