Introduction

The quality of life begins with the quality of the foods that sustain it. Health includes not merely the absence of disease. Healthy living is a matter of conscious choice. Our diet determines in large part how we look, how we work and how we feel.

Nutrition is the single most important component of preventive health care for diet has been associated with obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and liver cirrhosis. Optimum nutrition is the level of intake that should promote the highest level of health.

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Advice from Nutritionist Khan
Don't skip breakfast, eat small but regular meals throughout the day, and a healthy well balanced dinner. This is the advice from Suhail Khan, nutritionist in Den Haag, Rotterdam and in Amsterdam who published the book ``Voeding & Gezondheid bij Hindostanen`` in 2012. This initiative was supported by ``CZ Fonds``. ``The reactions to the book have been outstanding,`` says Khan.

He wrote the book because many South Asians and especially South Asians in the Netherlands are affected by obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Khan is especially aware of this thanks to his extensive work experience in different hospitals, where he dealt with a lot of diabetic patients. ``Many people have breakfast early in the morning and eat big meals in the evening. It is especially important for young people in particularly to know how to prevent these diseases. They need to know how food affects their bodies and what they should be eating.``

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Health and sickness
In this book Khan devotes attention to nutrition in health and nutrition in disease. The first part contains general information about health and nutrition in South Asians. The second part Khan describes various diseases.

Practice - Khan is open five days a week from 09H00 till 21H00. Everyday we help more and more people to better their lives. Khan now also has a practice in the Amsterdam area because of the large population of Hindostanen present.

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The Hague

The Hague

- Westeinde 223, 2512 GZ The Hague

- Vaillantlaan 410, 2526 HW The Hague

- Neherkade 1708, 2521 RH The Hague

Rotterdam

Rotterdam

- Rosestraat 91, 3071 JP Rotterdam
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

- Huigenbos 29, 1102 KA Amsterdam SE

- Polderweg 192, 1093 KP Amsterdam

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Appointment

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Prevention is better than cure

The quality of life begins with the quality of the foods that sustain it. Health includes not merely the absence of disease. Healthy living is a matter of conscious choice. Our diet determines in large part how we look, how we work and how we feel. Nutrition is the single most important component of preventive health care for diet has been associated with obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and liver cirrhosis. Optimum nutrition is the level of intake that should promote the highest level of health. Nutrition is a key to a sustainable living. Our diet affects our personality and our quality of life. Food can also determine whether we age prematurely or we have a lifetime vital health. The nutrients will, unlike drugs, unfold their positive and beneficial effects gradually and their functionality greatly assist when healthy and balanced diet is consumed. Various studies have shown that many chronic diseases may be the result of poisoning of the metabolic processes in the body. By consuming different pollutants through food, water and by breathing contaminated air can create an accumulation of hazardous substances in tissues and internal organs. The composition of the diet should take particular care to the quality and freshness of the food.

This book was written to encourage you to explore different aspects of food and to enable you to take maximum control and responsibility for your own health. It is meant to provide basic knowledge on various nutritional issues currently facing South Asians. The ability to cope with stress is directly related to our daily food. Food appears to have a direct influence on the brain cells, and the functioning of the brains. Albert Schweitzer says,” the greatest discovery of any  generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds”.

While we would like to think that all people are created equal, we are not, at least when it comes to health. Each of us has a unique genetic and cultural heritage that makes South Asians more susceptible to certain diseases and medical conditions. While we can thank our parents for our individual genetic inheritance, as South Asians, we share not only a common history, but some common health traits as well. The health problems which many South Asians are facing, are overweight (obesity), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disorders, gastrointestinal tract disorders, and heart disease. From various studies have shown that type 2 diabetes mellitus among South Asians, native Americans, and Mexicans 8-10 times more common than among the other nations. Possible causes include genetic predisposition, dietary patterns, food & nutritional habits, climate and less exercise. The increasing prevalence of chronic metabolic disorders at an increasingly younger age is particularly disturbing because of the co-morbidity in the longer term. Diabetes is one of the lifestyle diseases that are directly related to nutrition and life style. An epidemiological increase of type 2 diabetes mellitus threatens public health in wealthy countries. In 2000 the number of people with diabetes mellitus worldwide was 177 million, in 1985 there were only 30 million. This number 2025 might have risen to 400 million. Netherlands currently has over 1 million diabetes patients. The increase of diabetics will mainly be seen in Western countries due to increasing obesity, the increase of aging, lack of exercise and improper diet. In short: you are what you eat, drink & think.

I have divided this book into two parts, namely nutrition in health and nutrition in disease. The first part deals mainly with general information on nutrition and health, specific eating habits and daily food of most South Asians. The second part deals with some aspects of the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome is actually a collective name of various diseases, such as obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease and heart disease. I hope that the inherent superficiality of this book is the touchstone of criticism from the scientific community will be able to endure.

In Ayurveda, the importance of a healthy nutrition has been recognized for thousands of years. Good eating habits improve both the health on one hand and slow the aging process on the other. Enjoyment and happiness in life begins with optimal health. Research into brain function reveals evidence that the emotions of love, faith, joy, fear, sadness, and even our sense of purpose in life are not merely attitudes created through the mind’s thought processes. They are actually produced and reinforced by biochemical activity within the brain, which in turn is affected by nutrients supplied by the food we eat. Raw foods contain nutrients needed for proper brain function. Cooking and especially processing of foods destroy nutrients needed to avoid anxiety, mood swings, depression, and many other mental and psychological disorders. Until we know more about the connections between food and our emotions. The purest, safest, most animal- and plant-friendly source of nutrition is raw foods.

It is my intention with this book to help to take control and optimize your health. I present in this book the knowledge I have learned from years of scientific study & research as well as the knowledge I have learned from years of treating thousands of patients with more than 46 different nationalities. I see this book as an opportunity to introduce you to many new ideas that you may not have had an opportunity to think about. This book will teach you about the important relationship between your daily food and your health.

Herophilus says,” When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied”.

Suhail A. Khan
Nutritionist/Clinical Dietitian

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