Natural News Roundup (week 45/2022)

Nov 9, 2022

Date:9 November 2022

Eating ultra-processed food can lead to premature death

Cutting down on the amount of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) you eat can lead to a longer, healthier life. Publishing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a new modelling study estimated that 57,000 deaths in 2019, in people aged between 30 and 69, could have been prevented if people had eaten less UPF. The research, conducted on Brazilian citizens, underlines the damage to our health, wellbeing and longevity from eating UPFs. The study adds to the rapidly growing body of evidence highlighting the dangers of highly processed foods which are marketed as cheap and ‘nutritious’ alternatives to minimally processed nutrient-dense wholefoods. RESET EATING gives you all the information you need to change your diet and lifestyle in an accessible and digestible format!

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The People’s Declaration for Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare

A new People’s Declaration seeks to encourage and promote collaboration between healthcare professions from across the healthcare spectrum to promote health creation and maintenance of health. The Declaration calls for everyone to have full access to person-centred traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare should they choose. Practitioners and organisations alike are being invited to show their support by signing the Declaration.

Meditation as an alternative to medication

Meditation works as well as a popular anti-depressant (AD) drug to reduce anxiety. Researchers, publishing in JAMA Psychiatry, gave one group escitalopram, a widely prescribed AD, whilst the other took part in weekly Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes and meditated for 45 minutes each day. MBSR teaches people how to focus on their breath, encourages them to focus on the present rather than the past and be more positive. Both groups experienced a 20% reduction in the severity of symptoms. We can’t eliminate stress from our lives but we can learn how to reframe situations and manage stressful situations naturally.