“What is wrong with our diet?”

This is usually the first question on our minds after seeing the title.

Luc Montagnier, the French Virologist who discovered the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) suggested that the reason over 67% of deaths to HIV/AIDS are from Sub-Saharan Africa is due to our diet not being adequate to support our immune system. There are also other kinds of infections, malaria, typhoid, etc., which adversely our immune system, making it easier for HIV to overwhelm the immune system further leading to AIDs, that is, our immune systems are not getting the support they need, they are weaker than they should be.

 What are the key things we want to look at?

The Cardiovascular System is the first point of view, because casualties of heart disease are increasing daily. To prevent and/or manage this problem, the information about reducing cholesterol intake is everywhere. Well, cholesterol is one of many problems, especially when we talk about LDL-cholesterol which is “Low Density Lipoprotein.” The other larger piece has a lot to do with sugar, not just table sugar but carbohydrates. You’ll be surprised how quickly foods like “Eba,” “Pounded yam,” and “tuwo” raise your blood glucose levels and the body has to respond by producing insulin which acts to drive sugar into the cells. This continual battering of the body and constant insulin production leads to resistance. Insulin resistance leads to consistently high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) which poses a serious threat because it leads to other problems ranging from inflammation to diabetes and even cardiovascular disease.

“According to WHO, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally”

The glycemic index is a measure of how much blood glucose levels are raised after consuming a particular food. Foods with high glycemic index include amala, eba, cornflakes, etc. If you are above the age of thirty, you have to start reducing intake of the above and increase vegetables, fruits, and especially fiber containing foods. If you don’t get enough fiber in your diet, your digestion may be compromised and it will affect your entire gastrointestinal system.

It is advised that we avoid fried foods as much as possible, the oils that are been used to fry these foods can be very hazardous to the systems of the body like the cardiovascular system. Alcohol, soft drinks and other artificial foods are also hazardous to our health. Avoid eating at night and if possible stop smoking, because this exposes us to life threatening ailments. While smoking exposes your body to cancer and some respiratory disorders like emphysema, eating at night plays a huge burden on your gastrointestinal system, and night time is when your body is healing, repairing and regenerating.

Intake of as much natural foods and fresh foods as possible is advised. It is also important that we also take more of magnesium, vitamin D3 and CoQ10 because they help to preserve the integrity of the heart and blood vessels and blacks have low levels.