Expatriates could cut the likelihood of them having to make a medical claim on international travel insurance policies by ensuring their diet is nutritious and healthy. Alison Wyndham, complementary health practitioner, physiotherapist and owner of the Wyndham Centres, pointed out that one can of a leading soft drink contains 30 grams of sugar. Historically, the average person would only eat 10lbs of this substance every year, but this has now skyrocketed to 120lbs, she remarked. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) noted this can cause tooth decay, as well as obesity, which is linked to heart disease and diabetes.
Ms Wyndham stated a typical person consumes nine grams of salt over the average day, although the recommended intake is two grams. Eating so much salt increases the thickness of the blood, which slows it down, the specialist explained, adding this can cause blood pressure to spike. The NHS pointed out this is also related to heart disease, as well as stroke. Furthermore, processed food is worse for people than fresh produce, the physiotherapist declared. She argued a preserved substance from a can or the freezer is likely to have been heated at some point in its manufacture. This destroys a large portion of the phytonutrients, enzymes and vitamins that were originally present in the food, with other "modern processing methods" making the item "further deprived of nutrients". Furthermore, meals involving processed food can be high in salt and sugar, as well as "trans-fat of all kinds".
These are made when oil is put through a process known as hydrogenation and consuming them raises cholesterol levels within the blood, which can cause a number of cardiovascular conditions. The products can be filled with flavouring agents, artificial colourings, preservatives and stabilisers, with 50 chemical additives in the average loaf of bread, the specialist pointed out. Ms Wyndham said these "foreign chemicals" can "put an additional load on the body". Expatriate Healthcare specialise in providing international health insurance. Make sure you're protected. © Expatriate Healthcare
Overseas Health Insurance News: Modern diets 'can be harmful'