When thinking about the Amish people, most of us think of how efficient at barn building they are, and how tough their lives must be avoiding the technologies that we consider essential, and can’t even imagine our daily lives without. Most of us consider them foolish for not embracing the modern progress and convenience that the technology offers. But, when looking at official statistics on health, the Amish appear to be much healthier than the rest of the US. The reported cases of cancer, autism, and even common colds are extremely rare in their communities. What are they doing in order to avoid the faith that 80% of America has to face?
Researchers from Ohio State University originally launched a study on the Amish population to see whether rates of cancer would be higher due to their lack of conventional medical care. What they found, however, shocked them.
- The Amish don’t get vaccinated
Did you know that Amish people rarely have any learning disabilities or autism? There have been only 3 cases of autism among the Amish in which the kids got vaccinated. Instead of crediting their lack of autism to the absence of vaccines, mainstream society credits it to a superior gene that the Amish possess. In spite of constant pressure from the government, the Amish still refuse to vaccinate.
- The Amish are physically active
Compared to the overall 31 % obesity rate in America, the Amish only have a 3 percent obesity rate. Since they don’t use cars, or any modern technologies, their level of physical activity is very high: men averaged 18,000 steps a day and women 14,000. They walk a lot and are truly involved in physical labor which reflects in their extremely low rate of cardiovascular diseases. David R. Bassett, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville stated: “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.”
- The Amish avoid stress
Stress is probably the number one culprit to our health problems. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels get elevated which is extremely dangerous for your health in the long run. Health problems associated with stress include heart disease, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, high blood sugar levels, elevated cholesterol and obesity. The Amish live in a stress free community. They live slow paced, patient lifestyles. They don’t compete with each other; they created an egalitarian community for themselves where their lifestyles are based on equality, cooperation and harmony. The Amish live the same way they lived 300 years ago and we can definitely learn some lessons from them. They live toxic free self-sustainable lives. They are not plagued with various diseases and they are much healthier than the rest of America.
- The Amish consume organic food
The Amish not only avoid prepackaged and processed food, they actually grow all of their food using organic farming methods. They raise their own animals; their food is natural and GMO free. It’s important to note that they eat seasonal food during the harvest months, and save the rest by canning and fermenting. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are nutritionally higher in value. They are filled with anti-oxidants that are of great benefit to our health. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals, which helps you stay healthy and young. Thus, the lack of ADHD, food allergies and asthma can be undeniably contributed to their diet.