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Optimum Nutrients for Optimum Health and the Current Modern Food Environment

Most of the predominant health problems of the modern society are lifestyle related: mainly linked to nutrition, water quality, air quality, and certainly physical activity. The challenges are in how to get optimum nutrients for optimum health from the food we eat. The fact that lifestyle health problems appear to persist appear to strongly suggest that the current intervention  measures to contain these health problems are ineffective or significantly inadequate. The root cause of this problem appears to be originating from limitations in our present knowledge on the relationships between nutrition as part of the lifestyle determinants of health, the food environment and our optimum health. Common advice especially on nutrition, mainly from most of our health and medical care providers is often very generalized, lacking detail and specificity, necessary for effectiveness of any proposed intervention measures. Given the complexity of the current food environment, the expert advice we

Helping ourselves take charge of our own health - The enablers

To enhance our personal health empowerment, we need to make a couple of commitments to overcome challenges which hinder the personal health empowerment agenda. It’s our health and no one does it better than ourselves. One such challenge is resistance to change, and in particular changing our mindsets ( thoughts /opinions , attitudes, and state of emotions ) .  There is need to commit to lifelong learning, self-consciousness, positing unbiased questions on ourselves and search for realistic answers, conduct independent research and acknowledging the need for a paradigm shift from the current mainstream medical/biomedical and related public health approaches, to the emerging holistic/alternative natural health approaches One good source of information to help us understand the road map to taking charge of our health is the publication by Snowdon, A (2014), available at: https://www.ivey.uwo.ca/cmsmedia/3467873/its-all-about-me-the-personalization-of-health-systems.pdf. Happy reading!