We live in a world heavily influenced by capitalism and industry, and while this has admittedly led us to advance in ways our ancestors never could have imagined, sadly it is not all rosy. With all of the technological advancements and such, humans are still burdened with sickness and chronic diseases which research has shown are also on the rise along with all these remarkable industrial advancements. People today are sicker and more obese than ever recorded and this is very worrisome for the human race. Modern medicine does not seem to have clear solutions to this growing menace despite its own advancements influenced by technology and innovation. However, all hope is not lost because there is quite an obvious remedy to help reverse or halt the growing epidemic – Ancestral Lifestyle.
This article takes a dive into all you need to know about ancestral health as well as its benefits.
So, what exactly is Ancestral Health?
Well, as the name suggests, it is the lifestyle that our ancestors and hunter-gatherers practiced. Ancestral health was known to be void of many of the ailments and chronic diseases that plague us today. They lived healthy lives by staying active and living off organic diets because that is all they had. We as members of the globalized world of today can learn a lot from this.
Basics of an Ancestral Lifestyle and Its Benefits
In Biology, a mismatch is an instance where an organism (in this case, humans) is in an environment that is not suited for. We can all agree that the early men lived a completely different life, and science has shown us that as humans, we are more suited for the kind of life our ancestors lived compared to what life is today.
Here are a few basics of ancestral lifestyle we should all begin practicing:
- Maintain a healthy and organic diet – This is easily one of the most efficient and fastest ways to regain sound health just like our ancestors. Start by cutting off processed foods such as refined sugar, seed oils, and flour. Stick to organic foods such as meat, grains, and fruits. These are the foods closely matching what nature intended us to feed on and this is the diet that will keep you nourished and sustained for a healthy life.
2. Movement and activity – The reason why the early men were called hunters and gatherers was because they spent a chunk of their time doing these activities to survive. It is the equivalent of what having a day job is today. Our ancestors did not have a choice but to sprint, climb, carry and do all sorts of physical activities so they could catch prey, build and maintain their lifestyle. This inadvertently kept them physically fit and in shape which as we know is integral to sound health. In the modern world, however, most jobs require you to sit all day in one position working in front of a computer, and research has shown that this is yet another factor contributing to poor health.
3. Getting enough sleep and avoiding stress – After a long day of hunting and gathering, the early men knew the importance of rest. Rest was essential in their recovery process, and so they alternated between workdays and rest days. Today, sadly we live in a world that glorifies hyperactivity and, in a way, even shames relaxation, further emphasizing the mismatch of the modern lifestyle. Another factor that has worsened this further is technology, lounging on your couch watching Netflix is not exactly what resting should be. Our brains need that rest too. Getting at least 7 1/2 to 9 hours of sleep is the recommended amount of sleep, and this should be prioritized by all to avoid burnout from stress which is a leading cause of poor health and a precursor to many illnesses. Also, prioritize pleasure, take time out to really do things that make you really happy as this has been known to also prevent chronic stress.
There is a chance that you or someone around you has a chronic disease. Research has revealed that 6 in 10 American adults have a chronic disease, and 4 out of 10 suffer from 2 or more chronic diseases. This is a largely abnormal statistic that has sadly become a norm in today’s world. Paleontological and archaeological discoveries have proven over time that humans in prehistoric times lived void of these illnesses. Further proving our collective need as a society to right our wrongs.
Master the Basics
To conclude, in order for us all to prevent the looming dangers of continuing in this terrifying trajectory, we need to be more conscious as individuals and make the necessary changes by mastering the basics that our ancestors practiced, especially prioritizing rest, staying active, and switching to paleo diets. While advancements in life are somewhat inevitable and, in a way, necessary, it is also important to know when to take a few steps back, and in this case, we need to find our way back to ancestral health to save the human race.