Health Is Everyone’s Right And Their Responsibility!

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Dr Eseza Nambassi, guest of this episode, graduated from medical school in 1985. She focused much of her medical career on HIV, and is passionate about the role of lifestyle (especially nutrition) on health or disease outcomes. Dr Eseza Nambassi is keen to inform and educate the youth, as she believes they are the key to ending the trend of chronic diseases.

Never before has there been a greater need for individuals and families to take better care of themselves and the environment.

What has gone so wrong that we have been forced to stop and literally hit the RESET button?

Fundamentals of good health have for a long time been allowed to slip, as the faster pace of modern living means we are no longer mindful of:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Good interpersonal relationships
  • Time outdoors in the sun
  • Adequate and good quality sleep and
  • Managing stress.

Instead, too many people are on chronic medications to manage the consequences of our lifestyle – diseases of lifestyle and choice. We are indeed saddened by the high death toll among the elderly and particularly those with underlying chronic conditions.

We also know that there are many younger people with various metabolic disorders such as diabetes, overweight and obesity that are also at a high risk of COVID-19.

In the southern hemisphere we are now in the cooler months of winter which means that we should learn from those that were hit the hardest in winter when COVID-19 causes most damage to people’s health, and we must therefore resolve to “make hay while the sun shines”, as the saying goes.

Now is the time to implement the lessons by making overall changes in lifestyle and the he advice is actually straightforward:

  • Detox your environment and reduce inflammation-causing chemicals in your home.
  • Detox yourself by becoming more mindful of what you eat and drink thereby strengthening the immune system.
  • Add supplements to bridge dietary gaps.
  • Weight management is crucial, as overweight and obesity are signs of inflammation, which translate in a stressed immune system.
  • Regular exercise and sunshine are crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Many people are Vitamin D deficient. This can impact on immunity.
  • Maintain healthy relationships by keeping in touch with family and friends (even during physical distancing!). This goes a long way to reduce levels of stress.
  • Ensure good quality sleep, as it is important for good health and a strong immune system.

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