I came across a very interesting TED-talk today.
Besides sustainable living being good for the environment, it can also be good for you.
William Li talks of how specific types of food contain compounds (anti-angiogenics) that can help your body fight (and more importantly prevent) a large range of diseases, including cancer and obesity by regulating how receptive your body is to making new blood-vessels.
The implications of this are huge. By changing your diet to include specific foods, you could reduce your risk of cancer, and even fight obesity.
As Mr. Li says, this could be used as a preventive measure for cancer for people who don’t have the funds to have “regular” treatment when they do get cancer, by eating locally available sustainable foods. We too can do this, not because we can’t afford to treat diseases, but because we really are better off if we don’t contract them at all.
In this light, we can all benefit from eating locally, maybe even growing some of our own herbs and vegetables, like parsley, tomatoes, garlic, raspberries, and lavender (I happen to have those in my very own garden, doing very well if I may add). There’s much more you can grow, and a lot more you can purchase nearby. I love most of those vegetables anyway, so incorporating them in my diet is a joy rather than a sacrifice to me.
I have a proposition for all of you.
If you would like to try your hand at composting your kitchen waste and growing your own foods, I’ll help you by supplying you with healthy organic soil and worms for your compost bin, and compost for your plants.
And now, without further ado:
For clarity, I’ll add a list of the foods that he shows in his talk here:
|Green tea||Red grapes||Lavender|
|Blackberries||Bok choy||Sea Cucumber|
|Apples||Turmeric||Grape seed oil|