Two thirds of the adult population in developed countries are overweight or obese. By definition, this implies that most people have absolutely no idea how to maintain their body in an optimal state. This cannot be simply the fault of the individual person. There are much larger factors at play, which influence how people maintain their bodies, their health, their diet and their lifestyle.

Here at Nysteia, we have provided a comprehensive description of the kinds of foods that a human being is designed to eat for optimal health, and a comprehensive description of when a human should eat their food.

If you compare our recommendations with the way that society is structured, you will quickly observe a massive disconnect between how one should live, and how most people actually do live.

Next time you go to a large supermarket, take the time to closely observe what food is available to purchase. It is very likely that you will find that perhaps 80% of the food in the supermarket is a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic which exists in the world today.

When was the last time that you went to the doctor, even though you felt perfectly healthy? If you are like most people, the only time you go to a doctor is when you feel sick. What you require from the doctor is a quick fix, usually in the form of a pill or some type of pharmaceutical, to relieve the symptoms that you suffer from.

When was the last time you ever did any form of physical activity purely for the health benefits of it? We’re not talking about walking to the bus stop, or walking up a flight of stairs to get from your car to your workplace, or pushing a shopping trolley up and down the aisles of the supermarket. It is a tragic consequence of our (so-called) civilisation, that physical activity has massively reduced due to the countless aides that are prevalent in our society to make our lives “easier”. Unfortunately, the human body has not evolved to be inactive.

A respected College of Surgeons defines societal health to include “the requirements at the individual, family, community and population levels across the continuum of care, to achieve physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual well-being, taking into account the broad determinants of health”. There is no doubt that people are living longer than previous generations, even though recently statistical life expectancy has seemed to peak in the West. For a brief window of time, we seemed to have reduced the mortality of many infectious diseases - this may be a temporary victory given the horror of antibiotic-resistance.

Modern medicine and pharmacology have enabled people, who would have otherwise certainly died, to continue to live with serious illnesses for many years. There is no doubt that doctors and the big pharmaceutical companies have become very wealthy as a consequence, and good luck to them. What has been the cost to the individual person, and society?

Ironically, and perhaps even tragically, the vast majority of the physical health concerns of most people can be solved (or ideally prevented) by simple food choices and a good pair of walking shoes.

At Nysteia, we do not have any pretensions to alter the course of human development on the planet. The information contained in the Nysteia principles that we offer is to you personally, and we believe that it will make a significant and profound difference in your life.

If enough people make the changes that are required in their life for optimum physical health, then Nysteia will change the world. But we know that the health of society can only be improved one person at a time - that is why you are so important to us.