Eating well to help prevent lifestyle diseases

Eating Well to help prevent lifestyle diseases

Older couple collecting wild flowers whilst walking

Lifestyle diseases

Defined as diseases linked with, and often caused by the way we live our lives, there continues to be a rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the western world. A result of modern living, it is no coincidence that the incidence of heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer increased as our diets became saturated with fatty fast foods, dairy products, packaged food high in salt and sugar and increased meat consumption. Eating well to help prevent lifestyle diseases is a conscious choice and one which has been shown to limit or even reverse the effects of many lifestyle diseases.

Healthy lifestyle habits such as exercise, eating well and having the correct amount of sleep can slow or reverse the damage from high cholesterol or high blood sugar and can reverse type II diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease.  Not only this, but changes in diet and eating well can support the symptoms of other life-stage ailments such as arthritis, osteoporosis, especially if you include foods with anti-inflammatory properties such as nuts, oily fish, turmeric, ginger and green leafy vegetables

Plant based diet

Many chronic conditions can be prevented by addressing the root cause, which often is a case of redressing daily habits, including what and how we eat. Enjoying a diet heavy in plant-based ingredients is hugely beneficial for metabolic health.

Metabolic health

Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical reactions in our bodies that control the conversion of food to energy to run cellular processes, that manages the conversion of food to building blocks for proteins, lipids and nucleic acids that the body needs and the elimination of metabolic waste.

Maintaining good metabolic health is essential for maintaining energy levels, tissue repair, cellular reproduction and importantly, for warding off disease.  

Ways to maintain metabolic health

  • Eating a whole food, plant-based diet low in sugar and processed foods
  • Getting adequate, restful sleep
  • Maintaining or increasing your level of exercise
  • Time restricted eating
  • Getting plenty of sunshine, fresh air and nature therapy
  • Cultivating contentment through social interaction, meditation or hobbies 

Benefits of time restricted eating

Time-restricted eating, when you eat a well-balanced diet within a particular window of time each day, can aid metabolic health, regulate blood sugar and aid weight loss. As such, it can help prevent lifestyle diseases and combined with the right foods, can help with reduce anti-inflammatory conditions and regulate hormones.

Benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet

The immune system becomes activated when your body recognises a foreign body for example, plant pollen. This can trigger inflammation and persistent, ongoing inflammation (even when not threatened by an invading microbe) can result in major diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s. Switching to a healthy, wholefood diet that helps combat inflammation may support the symptoms of or even prevent the onset of some lifestyle diseases.

At Combe Grove, we are pleased to support your health and wellness goals by serving nutritious home-cooked food made from produce directly from our own market garden and ingredients from a selected range of local suppliers.  Our members café will open later this year, serving soups, salads and refreshments to takeaway or enjoy in the fresh air of the estate. In the meantime our friends at Bath based clinic At The Core are offering free consultations and 20% off MBST treatments to help with the symptoms of arthritis. We look forward to welcoming you to join us on your journey to wellness at The Club at Combe Grove.