A Nigerian plant-based nutrition healthcare expert, Dr. Deji Alabi has said the economy is being largely impacted by poor stress management.
He disclosed this while taking a deep dive into why remedies adopted by many people to manage stress continue to fail, sometimes leading to grave health and lifestyle consequences.
Alabi, the lead consultant at Nutraceutical Health Solutions, a health and wellness advisory company that provide services in the management, reversal and prevention of health conditions through diet and lifestyle modification, observed that the perennial struggle to achieve a stress-free life inspite of huge resources expended by many has at its root the lack of adoption of a holistic approach.
As a critical intervention on the subject, the Canada Calgary-based Nigerian healthcare expert has released a new book to the public on Amazon entitled Super Health in Stress Environment: Maximising your health while working fast-paced jobs.
A 2019 report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) rate the life expectancy of most developing nations very low due to several critical factors compounded by stressors.
Occupying the three lowest in the world, the figure for Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Chad and the Central African Republic are 53, 54 and 54, respectively. Similarly, a World Health Ogranisation (WHO) report on Nigeria identified depression as a significant public health problem, and at a prevalence rate of 3.9 per cent, 7 million Nigerians currently suffer from it.
According to Alabi, “The state of being healthy is never achieved as a stand-alone process. Any protocol for healthy living must be holistic. Expansive in its approach and far-reaching in its coverage.
“Some people have taken to the use of medications and supplements only. They are busy making money for Pharmaceuticals Company and multi-level marketing schemes using products with little or no long-term benefits.
“Stress is one of the leading causes of downtime in work places according to researches and studies by the United Kingdom NHS. Productivity is heavily impacted by poor stress management. Work place efficiency dwindles when effective stress management is not intentionally built into the culture of an organisation.
Giving more insight, he said, “Every holistic approach to health must take into account lifestyle, diet and the use of supplements or medications. Where the first two are in balance, the last two will be unnecessary in most cases except where a condition is involved.”
“Several human capital management in developed countries are awoke to these reality. Unfortunately, developing countries who need this most are yet to adapt their culture. Nigeria as a case study is an abnormal situation where living and working conditions are sub-human.
“No human should go through the stress Nigerians go thru twice in a life-time. The reason for this book at this critical time as we see longevity potentials decrease in developing nations. Less than five per cent of Nigerians make it to age 65. That is an alarming statistics,” he submitted.