The Path To Healthy Living
Welcome to HAPPY HEALTH a path to healthy living, an informative website for those wanting to live a and those wishing to continue living a healthy lifestyle. Also, this website provides the interested general reader with necessary information as well as the latest findings in nutrition research.
" The greatest wealth is health"
The role that nutrition plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle was discovered around 4000 years ago when the Chinese documented a disorder among its people which we know today as beriberi. Once the rice has been milled to remove the bran, however, most of the thiamine is lost and the incidence of beriberi increased. Impairment of the nervous system and muscles from insufficient thiamine in the diet caused symptoms ranging from pain and weakness to paralysis and wasting; in the gastrointestinal tract, lack of thiamine caused bowel sluggishness, vomiting, nausea; and mental aberrations from mild irritability to dementia and paranoia. Extreme deficiency of thiamine can also be fatal.
"Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!"
"As for butter versus masgarine, I trust cows more than chemists"
"Health is like money, we never have a true value of it until we lose it"
During the 19th century a Japanese naval scientist named Kanehiro Takaki that some crews on long voyages at sea fell victim to an alarming number of cases of o deadly form of nerve inflammation, while the crews of other ships did not. In examining the dietary differences between ships, Takaki noted that the crews that escaped serious health problems carried less polished rice and more milk, vegetables, wheat, fish, and meat than the stricken crews. The addition of these foods (which all are rich in thiamine) to the sailors diets prevented nerve problems and deaths from beriberi. The idea that disease could be caused by lack of some substance in the diet simply hadn't taken root in medical thoughtat that time
It was not, in fact, until 1890 that a Dutch physician named Christiaan Eijkman observed the causative connection between beriberi and diets high in polished rice. Ten years later, his colleague, Gerrit Grijns, proved that the disease could be prevented by adding the polishings back into the diet. One small step for Drs. Eijkman and Grijns, one giant leap for the nutritional good of humankind.
"Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness"
Another observance of vitamin deficiency occurred after the American Civil War. Pellagra caused by a defiency of niacin(Vitamin B3) swept with vengeance through the rural South causing inflamed scaly skin eruption, swollen red tongue, and irritation of the intestinal lining with diarrhea, but severe mental disturbances, as well. An impoverished population subsisted on corn, milled cornmeal, rice, sugar, sweet potatoes and white flour. All these foodscontained very little usable niacin. Although whole corn does contain niacin, humans cannot absorb the vitamin from corn. It occurs in a "bound" form called niacytin. Treatment of the cornmeal with an alkaline solution such as lime releases the vitamin from its niacytin bound form, freeing the niacin in the corn for absorption by the intestine. All it would have taken provide enough niacin nourishment at this time was just to add and alkaline solution to free the niacin and the deficiency would have be avoided.
"Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot"