Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. In addition to the experience of other cultures and sightseeing, traveling can be transformative, especially when it comes to our health.
There is an area called Vedda, in Sri Lanka, where diabetes—a common ailment in the United States—is virtually unknown. The people of this area eat a diet that consists of vegetables, protein and an uncommon amount of coconut. They use every part of the fruit: eating the pulp; drinking the milk; and using the oil for cooking, flavoring and dressing. Scientists believe that this may be the reason that the area’s rates of diabetes are so low.
India is another destination where taking in the culture and eating habits of the locals can be transformative. The people of India typically consume curry three times per day and there is a very low rate of cancer in the region. This may be attributed to turmeric, one of the primary components of curry. It contains curcumin, an ingredient that decreases the growth of abnormal cells in the body.
The people of East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula produce and use oil of frankincense for a wide variety of conditions, from leprosy and parasites to the plague and baldness. Exploring the diets and practices of other cultures can help us transform our own lives and diets to promote health and healing.
Source: Randy Lee, naturopathic doctor and owner of The Health Patch. Location: 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., in Midwest City. For more information, call 405-736-1030 or email PawPaw@TheHealthPatch.com.