Evolutionary Health

Humans survived and thrived because we evolved in certain ways over millions of years. Researchers are just realizing the importance of living in a manner consistent with how we evolved. Sadly, there is a major mismatch between our evolutionary heritage and the alienated state of humans in the radically different modern world.

One key to health is to reduce this mismatch. For example, evolutionary eating means eating less cultivated grain (which has only existed for about 8,000 years). Likewise, we should avoid eating artificial, manufactured substances that have existed for only 40 years.

This evolutionary approach is about more than food. Movement, exercise and brain development can benefit from the evolutionary approach. For example, Frank Forencich teaches us that humans are “exuberant animals” meant to play and explore.

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