The Amish people are the symbol of simple life, free of modern advancements.
While we can’t imagine our lives without modern technology and synthetic medicines, these people show to be way healthier than any other modern civilization. Cancer is not part of their everyday lives, as they almost never encounter with this disease. They get sick very rarely and the cases of autism count only 3 so far. So, what’s their secret?
According to a recent study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control, cancer is almost unknown to these people, and they are considered as the healthiest people in America.
Researchers from Ohio State University conducted a study to see whether lacking conventional medical care raises cancer rates among these people, but the results they got were far from what they expected.
Here are some of the rules Amish people stick to that makes them the healthiest people in America:
- They don’t get vaccinated
These people rarely face learning disabilities or autism. Only 3 cases of autism are noted, and those are of children that got vaccinated. Still, modern medicine credits their low rate of autism to a superior gene that the Amish possess.
- They eat strictly organic, locally grown food
They never consume prepackaged food. Instead, they grow their own organic food using organic farming methods. All of their food is natural and GMO free and eat seasonal food during the harvest months, and save the rest by canning and fermenting. They know that seasonal fruits and vegetables are nutritionally higher in value and that are rich in anti-oxidants. The lack of ADHD, food allergies and asthma can be undeniably contributed to their diet.
- They consume a lot of healthy fats
The Amish also have very low obesity rates even though they have a diet rich in fats. They eat plenty of butter, meat, eggs, raw dairy, but all of these contain lots of fat soluble vitamins such as A, E and K2. Vitamin K deficiency, which is common among modern people, leads to cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and even cancer.
- They are physically active
Back to the obesity rate: while 31% of the American population suffers from obesity, only 3% of the Amish people face this problem. Not owning cars, their level of physical activity is very high: men averaged 18,000 steps a day and women 14,000. to David R. Bassett, Ph.D., FACSM, a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville states that “The Amish were able to show us just how far we’ve fallen in the last 150 years or so in terms of the amount of physical activity we typically perform. Their lifestyle indicates that physical activity played a critical role in keeping our ancestors fit and healthy.”
- There’s no room for stress in their lives
Stress is one of the main reasons for many diseases. Stress causes cortisol levels to go up, and this can greatly damage your health. Heart disease, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, high blood sugar levels, elevated cholesterol and obesity are all linked to stress. The lives of the Amish people are slow paced, and they never compete with each other. Their lifestyles and communities are based on equality, cooperation and harmony. Their way of living hasn’t changed for 300 years, allowing them to lead toxic free self sustainable lives.