While most of the medical industry is mainly focused on the pharmaceutical side of treatments and therapies, it is important to remember that nutrition actually plays a significant role in the prevention and management of diseases.
Francis Ojile, a nutritionist with Micraf Wellness Solutions, is hoping to draw more attention on the benefits a healthy and balanced diet can have in lowering the risk of developing as well as managing serious conditions and diseases like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, malaria.
After smoking, obesity and unhealthy eating habits, are ranked second on the list for the biggest preventable causes of cancer. The non-governmental organization he is part of is dedicated to informing and educating people on the significance of adequate dieting and the effect it has on communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Ojile stressed that food should not be regarded just as necessary fuel for daily activities, but also the means to rejuvenate and detoxify the body. Nutrients, minerals, and vitamins are essential for a long and healthy life. According to him, good food is just as important as medicine.
Mr. Ojile also recommends the use of supplements, as a natural way of replenishing the system. He estimates that a considerable percentage of the vitamins and minerals are lost, even from organic foods, through improper cooking and poor feeding habits.
The first step for a healthy individual and a healthy society is education and awareness, so he is urging media to shine a light on the importance of having a diet that is varied and based on natural products.