Modern life misleads our senses and makes us sick

The modern world is radically different from the natural environment where our body has evolved. According to three experts who have commented on their research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston, USA, it makes us nearsighted, obese and depressed.

Spending a lot of time indoors, under the electric light, to fix eyes a computer screen, helps to cause an epidemic of myopia. In Singapore, 82% of young people are myopic [1]. Numbers are increasing worldwide [2], according to Professor Amanda Melin of the University of Calgary.

Primates have a natural attraction for the sweet taste, which has grown to cause them to gorge themselves with fruit when ripe. This drive has been exploited in humans by the food industry by constantly tempting with sweets. So much so that today we are facing an epidemic of obesity, according to Professor Paul Breslin of Rutgers University. After striking the United States and Europe, it is devastating African, Arab, South American and Asian countries.

Finally, our sense of smell is attacked by air pollution, causing many harmful effects including depression and anxiety, according to Professor Kara Hoover of the University of Alaska.

The needs of our eyes are no longer respected

Our eyes have developed to adjust to variations in light, from darkness to bright sun to zenith, to observe insects or tiny plants, but also to scan the horizon or look for objects of any size in our environment.

These exercises and these permanent solicitations of the eyes are particularly important in the children. The proper development of their eyeballs and the muscles around them depends on them. “We need to spend more time outdoors to allow our eyeballs to grow properly and acquire the right proportions, so that the images focus on our retinas,” said Pr. Amanda Melin.

The epidemic of myopia, which currently affects the Asian countries where the use of the smartphone is the most widespread, will be communicated to civilizations that follow the same path, including ours.

This represents an expense and a major embarrassment for all of life. Let us help our children by sending them outside to develop their eyes and prevent them from damaging them with screens.

Attractiveness for sweetness: an advantage that has turned into a handicap

The attraction of human beings for the sweet could be explained by the fact that we have a common ancestor, having lived millions of years ago, with the great apes of today, who all live in the forests and feed mainly on fruits, which are sweet and tart.

This taste allows them to identify the most nutritious fruit and the richest in vitamins.

The equatorial forests do not have seasons. The fruits ripen according to a cycle specific to each tree. Animals go up the tree and eat all the fruits they find, until they accumulate pounds of fat, detecting those that are ripe and therefore nutritious because of their taste.

The monkeys then return to the ground, where they eat insects and leaves, which are not at all as sweet – and lose weight.

But in the modern world, sweets are available all year round, everywhere, including vending machines on station platforms.

“We climb this tree that our society has created and we are bursting with fruit. But the tree is never exhausted and we never go down to the ground. We continue to stuff ourselves with sugar and that’s how we become obese, “explains Professor Breslin.

“The monkey in us pushes us up the tree, where we enjoy so much food that is both sweet and tart. We must keep in mind that we need to force ourselves to get off the tree regularly. “

The importance of fasting regularly, as everyone once did during religious periods (those of Lent and Advent in Christian countries, as well as every week on Fridays), has returned to the front of the scene thanks, in particular, to the work of Thierry de Lestrade.

But we must also force ourselves to reduce all the added sugars found on our plate on a daily basis and, above all, the hidden sugars in carbohydrate-rich foods that have no sweet taste: bread, pasta, potatoes, cereals.

What remains of our sense of smell?

In the same way, our sense of smell has evolved to help us move in a very odorous environment. It was to spot prey, to recognize plants, to spot soils, places – for example, a smell of moisture signaling a stream, a cave – but also to detect fear or anxiety in our congeners .

Today, the only odors that we still perceive are the perfumes, often artificial, and the strong smells of cooking. In big cities, we try to avoid smelling odors, and the sensors of our sense of smell are, in any case, attacked by atmospheric pollution.

Disturbed sense of smell raises the risk of experiencing mental problems, such as depression and anxiety. The fall in smell is the first warning symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. It also causes physical problems because a deficiency of smell and taste leads to overeating, because we derive less pleasure from our food.

We must strive to cultivate our sense of smell, especially by going into nature and focusing on what we feel all around us. There are also interesting kits of essential oils to help us distinguish the odors of various aromatic plants, for example the different types of thyme: lemon thyme, orange thyme, thyme with the smell of pine, thyme cumin, thyme sea ​​… Did you know that there were forty kinds? Would you be able to recognize some?

It is an exercise to be done, that one practices as one can learn about oenology, the science of the wine, where one learns in particular to recognize the aromas which are present there.

Our body has these abilities that we no longer use. It’s a shame, and it’s bad for your health. It also makes life more bland, less rich and sadder, no longer seeing well, no longer feeling or having the body disabled by excess of bad fat.

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