This post about human food is one of the most important. I hope you can find the time to read it and really take it to heart.
There’s no two ways about it, we’re all genetically different. Different races and even individuals vary in how they react genetically to the environment.
This really matters because some people just cannot eat certain foods and are much more susceptible to chronic illness like diabetes…
There are lucky people like the Sardinians who seem to be able to be far more relaxed with their lifestyles because they’re protected by genetic factors thought to be caused by past inbreeding.
On the other extreme are the unfortunate Glaswegians in Scotland, who due to the industrial revolution have a genetic make-up molded by crowded conditions, causing a high rate of childhood disease. This caused fast selection for “over-active” immune systems, making certain chronic illnesses much more likely in later life. In fact, the life expectancy for Glaswegians is very low indeed due to this factor…
Speed of genetic change
When you look at nature as a whole and how it works, you’d be forgiven for thinking that evolution is very very slow, occurring over millions of years and this is very true in general… where the environment also changes slowly. If there is no pressure, then there will be little change.
But, like the case in Glasgow, where the environment changes quickly, then so does genetics. A massive change in the environment could theoretically kill 99.99% of a population and leave only a few well-adapted individuals to pass on their genes.
Northern Europeans are known to tolerate dairy products perhaps better than any other racial groups. As humans spread across the globe, they used more and more varied food sources causing genetic shifts by natural selection. It’s easy to imagine ancient times in Scandinavia, where the only food for months on end was milk. Such a scenario would quickly weed out the mal-adapted.
In Africa, no such thing happened and today, Africans are known to be very intolerant to dairy foods in general.
Other racial groups, who have only very recently had contact with Western ways, suffer most with our unnatural diets. They don’t fair well at all — natural selection in operation. The Pima Indians are a well studied example… the Aborigines, Eskimos and Okinawans are suffering the same fate.
One human diet fits all?
So what does that mean for you and me? How can we come up with a simple diet that works, when there’s all this genetic difference? Is there a single natural human diet that will work for everyone?
For most people, the solution is to return to natural human foods… fruits, vegetables, animal foods, nuts and seeds. In my view, this is the single diet that everyone would thrive on. That’s because recent genetic changes would not mean that the diet of millions of years prior would not work. It would. The genetic make-up is there. It means that we all need to be very careful about consuming unnatural food groups, especially if we are not enjoying the best health. If you have any long-term health issues, the very first place to look is your diet.
And those people whose traditional past was very recent, such as the Pima Indians, MUST continue their traditional ways if they are to be healthy.
Unnatural foods for humans
The unnatural food groups… notably grains and dairy are at the tip of a big ugly iceberg of suffering that is not easily connected to the real cause — consuming these unnatural foods. Food allergies, intolerances, crohn’s, mal-absorbtion, colitis, autism and many mental illnesses are strongly linked to the body’s inability to process these unnatural foods.
And often, the mechanism is hidden. The dots are difficult to connect.
I do believe there is a diet that all humans can thrive on. So that is the first port of call if you have any health issues at all. In the treatment of allergies and food intolerance an elimination diet is often used. The idea is to eliminate all known offending food groups, resulting in a return to health. Then, other foods can be introduced, to see if any cause problems.
Human food as your default
I would suggest the same thing. Let a natural human diet be your default and play with the rest. But beware, the action of many of the unnatural foods is insidious, in that the effects are caused over a very long time-frame.
Also the symptoms can be very general and difficult to trace. And please consider that your body functions as a whole. If there is a heavy burden in one area, it can cause a cascade of other effects. By then it’s almost impossible to see the cause/effect relationships. But design your diet around natural foods and see for yourself the amazing effect it can have, when your body is finally relieved of a great burden.
If you need help then Happy Guide has it all mapped out for you in a way that you can use as a blueprint. The Happy Guide diet is a massive improvement on what everyone is doing right now and you can decide for yourself how far you need and want to go.
This stuff REALLY matters to your health and well-being. I hope you will get your diet working for you in the powerful way it can, to create health and happiness.
“10 days on human food and I’ve lost 4 kilos, and feel very focused :) You’re a genius of a noble happiness warrior!!! This little happiness soldier is happy.”— Christine Murray, Australia
Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.
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