Today, the leading cause of death in the United States and much of the industrialized world is due to ...Lifestyle Diseases... Millions of people are debilitated and/or are suffering from conditions such as chronic weight gain, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, IBS, heartburn, acid reflux, cardiovascular and heart disease, dementia, certain types of arthritis, cancer, and more, which are all diet and lifestyle-related, these conditions can lead to living years with debilitating chronic illness. Healthy living requires action based on knowledge. Research has shown that eating a healthful diet and engaging in regular even moderate physical activity can prevent and even reverse these Lifestyle Conditions. Treat the root cause, not the symptoms. The Standard American Diet (SAD) consists of foods and drinks that contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, unhealthy fats, inflammatory seed oils, cholesterol, inflammatory seed oils, and hazardous chemicals. Processed foods are low in fiber and nutrients and high in calories (dense calories). Daily, weekly, and decades of overconsumption of the (SAD) diet along with the lack of physical activity can lead to any of the conditions mentioned above.   

Protect the Liver:                                                                                                                                                           Protect the liver from excess sugar and excess alcohol. Both sugar and alcohol metabolize in the liver. Excess sugar will cause blood sugar levels to rise, simultaneously raising insulin levels both detrimental to one's health, excess sugar intake can lead to non-alcohol fatty liver, insulin resistance, hypertension [high blood pressure], weight gain, and more. Insulin resistance is at the rootRefined sugar and added sweetness are one of the main ingredients in the Standard American Diet [SAD]. The SAD Diet consists of fast food, processed foods, and sugary drinks.

Feed the Gut:                                                                                                                                                                  Feeding the gut with fiber will aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, and aid in preventing and mitigating conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, heartburn, and acid reflux, helps lower LDL [bad cholesterol] raise HDL [good] cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels and maintain bowel health. Fiber can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. The gut thrives on fiber. Fiber can be found in all fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

By Making small positive weekly changes in your diet and lifestyle NOW, you can prevent and even reverse Lifestyle conditions.

The only reason people are living with a lifestyle disease is because they keep feeding the disease. Stop. feeding the disease and the disease will go away!

HEART DISEASE: Per the CDC, one person dies every 36 seconds in the US from cardiovascular disease and heart conditions. Cardiovascular and heart conditions are the result of arteries becoming damaged by blood fat and cholesterol deposits, sugar, and inflammation also known as plaque hardening of the arteries occurs over decades and eventually prevents proper blood flow which can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain, hypertension, and can lead to heart attack or stroke. By limiting foods that contain unhealthy inflammatory fats, refined sugar, cholesterol, and sodium and by exercising regularly, one can decrease their chances of developing serious cardiovascular diseases.

OBESITY: is a leading cause of early death in the US and is almost 100% avoidable. An extremely sedentary lifestyle along with the overconsumption of high-calorie fast foods, processed foods, and sugary drinks all contribute to obesity. Obesity can cause breathing problems, mobility issues, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver disease, arthritis, gallbladder disease, cardiovascular and heart disease, breast cancer, thyroid disease, and more. Obesity can also limit social activity, personal relationships, and self-esteem and can cause isolation, anxiety, and mental anguish. Healthy nutrition, regular exercise, and healthier lifestyle choices can prevent and even reverse chronic weight gain.

HYPERTENSION: (high blood pressure) is known as the silent killer and unnecessarily takes millions of lives every year. High blood pressure puts extra pressure and strain on the heart and can damage blood vessels in the eyes and kidneys. It can also cause bleeding in the brain leading to a variety of causes such as aneurysms and stroke. Ways to reduce high blood pressure; reduce/eliminate fast foods, processed foods, and drinks. Eat healthy nutritious whole foods, cut down on caffeine, get quality sleep, reduce stress levels, maintain a healthy body weight, be mindful of alcohol consumption, stop smoking, and exercise regularly. 

TYPE 2 DIABETES: Millions of people are living with type 2 diabetes and millions are living with pre-type 2 diabetes while unaware of it. Type 2 diabetes develops when fat deposits in the muscles and liver cells cause insulin resistance, inhibiting insulin from transporting glucose/sugar into the liver and muscle cells to be stored for future energy therefore raising blood sugar levels to dangerous levels. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes are poor diet, being overweight, and being inactive. Insulin resistance can lead to heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage, retinopathy, kidney damage, toe-foot numbness, heart attack and strokes, amputation, and more. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle along with regular exercise will prevent and even Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

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