World Health Day encourages us to build a healthier world
Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food. This famous quote from the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, one of the pioneers of medicine, really clarifies the relationship that has always been established between food and health. Two concepts that are closely related and that make access to healthy food a global necessity. For this reason, food is always present in the campaigns for World Health Day which will be celebrated this year on April 7.
At Naturcharc we also join in on the celebration that confirms each year the value of health as a good to which all people in all parts of the world must have access. This year, still marked by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) campaign necessarily focuses on the need for universal and equal access to health services, as well as the security of food, a very important concept that is directly related to sustainability.
This idea is related to the need to ensure access to food in a healthy way, and therefore to take measures so that this production is responsible for both society and the environment. In organic agriculture this commitment is one of drives to succeed. Only with responsible food production can we guarantee fair access for our generation and those to come.
As the WHO reminds us, a healthy diet is essential to prevent non-communicable diseases, one of the main health problems in the developed nations. Disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer have less impact on people who follow a diet of this type. Therefore, the consumption of fruits and vegetables has a very important impact on global health data.
Regular consumption of vegetables helps the goal of reducing the presence of fats and sugars in the diet. The well-known five servings are specified in that each day we must consume approximately 400 grams of varied fruits and vegetables. This is one of the pillars of our Mediterranean diet which is recognized as one of the healthiest in the world . A legacy that is embodied in many traditional recipes that we can incorporate every day to help us achieve that goal.
Plant products provide vitamins and minerals that are essential for the functioning of the body. But there are also many antioxidant substances that help our body to correctly regulate the functioning of our organs and to prevent damage caused by free radicals and external aggressions. Of course, healthy eating has to be accompanied by other healthy habits. Daily physical exercise is an essential habit to prevent health problems as much as possible. The WHO recommends about 150 minutes of physical exercise a week. They are easy goals to achieve if we get used to incorporating them into our day to day.