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What the Amish can teach us about health and happiness


(NaturalNews) Often viewed as outcasts by mainstream society, the Amish may seem downright bizarre to the average American. Foregoing technological advancements that many of us would be lost without, the Amish have created a way of life that fosters a connection with the land and environment, while also cultivating an impressive sense of community. And they are healthy — exceedingly so. The Amish rarely experience disorders like cancer or cardiovascular disease, seemingly able to bypass illness altogether. What’s their secret?

One of the most striking aspects of the Amish is how they lead their lives, free from modern inventions like electricity, telephones, cars and the myriad of gadgets most of us consider so essential for our productivity and happiness.

They also farm much in the same way as their 18th century ancestors — without the use of motorized farm equipment. Upon first glance, this may seem like a time-wasting hassle more than anything else. But this lifestyle choice is one of the reasons why the Amish are so darn healthy. That is to say, when you don’t rely on machinery, human power is required. Not to mention they walk — a lot.

This high level of daily physical activity helps to keep their obesity rates low and cardiovascular health in top form. As noted in LA Healthy Living:

“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.” — University of Tennessee professor David R. Bassett, PhD, FACSM.

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Associated with a variety of disorders, from inflammation to endocrine system imbalance, stress is an absolute disaster for health. One of the main contributors to stress is the speed at which we move, think and process. We are bombarded with sensory information at every turn. Add to this a lack of connection and support, and stress can become an overwhelming presence in our day-to-day lives.


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