Amish people are generally considered foolish, due to the fact that they are living a simple life and don’t use the advantages of technology. However, the statistics show that these people are actually much healthier when compared to the rest of American population. They rarely get sick; have no autism and no cancer!
A recent study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control has revealed that Amish people have virtually no cancer within their population, and are considered the most healthy people in America.
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.
Here is why the Amish rarely get sick or get cancer
The Amish have chosen the traditional wisdom of our ancestors over our “modern” way of living. They live by the practices of past generations.
1. The Amish live stress-free lives
Stress is the major cause of many health issues, as the cortisol levels are extremely higher when you are stressed. Obesity, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, increased cholesterol, high blood sugar levels, and heart disease are the main health issues associated with stress.
Amish people live a stress-free life and patient lifestyles. Their lifestyle is based on harmony, cooperation, and equality, meaning that they never compete with each other. They also live free self-sustainable and non-toxic lives, making them much healthier than the rest of Americans.
2. The Amish people are physically active
Compared to the overall 31 percent 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.
According to David R. Bassett, Ph.D., FACSM, a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, “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.”
3. The Amish eat plenty of healthy fats
Even though the Amish have a high-fat diet, their obesity rate is still very low. They consume a lot of meat, eggs, raw dairy, and butter, all of which contain a lot of fat soluble vitamins like A, E, and K2. The modern diets lack vitamin K2 and deficiency in this vitamin may cause osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. It is also important to mention that low-fat diet deprives our body of essential nutrients.
4. The Amish eat organic, locally grown 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.
5. The Amish don’t get vaccinated
Amish people hardly ever have autism or any learning disabilities. As a matter of fact, there have been only three cases of autism among Amish in which the kids got vaccinated. Even though there is a strong link between the absence of vaccines and the lack of autism among these people, the society attributes this to the superior gene they possess. While the government pressures the Amish to vaccinate, they still refuse to do so.