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 with diseases such as heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, arthritis, dementia and more, which are all diet and lifestyle choices, these diseases 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 regularly in even moderate physical activity can prevent and even reverse these Lifestyle Diseases. Treat the causes not the symptoms. The Standard American Diet (SAD) consists of foods and drinks that contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, unhealthy fats, and cholesterol and include over processed junk foods low in fiber and nutrients and high in calories (dense calories). Daily, weekly and decades of consumption of the (SAD) diet along with the lack of physical activity can lead to any of these diseases known as ...Lifestyle Diseases...
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 ones health, excess sugar intake can lead to non alcohol fatty liver, insulin resistance, hypertension [high blood pressure] and more. 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 drinks.
Feed the Gut: Feeding the gut with fiber will aid in digestion, feed the good bacteria, reduce inflammation, help lower LDL [bad cholesterol] raise HDL [good] cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels and maintain bowel health. Fiber can be found in all fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and nuts.
By Making small positive weekly changes in your diet and lifestyle NOW, you can prevent and even reverse these ...Lifestyle Diseases...
HEART DISEASE: Per the CDC, one person dies every 36 seconds in the US from cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the result of arteries becoming damaged by fat and cholesterol deposits, also known as plaque. Hardening of the arteries can occur over decades preventing proper blood flow that can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain, hypertension and can lead to heart attack. By limiting foods that contain unhealthy fats, sugars, 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 extreme sedentary lifestyle along with daily consumptions of high calorie junk foods and sugary drinks contribute to obesity. Obesity causes breathing problems, mobility issues, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, fatty liver disease, arthritis, gallbladder disease, heart disease, breast cancer and various mental health disorders. Extreme obesity also limits social activity, personal relationships, self esteem and can cause isolation, anxiety and mental anguish. Healthy eating choices and regular exercise are key in maintaining a healthy weight.
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 that 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; eat healthy foods, cut down on caffeine, maintain a healthy body weight, reduce sodium intake, cut down on alcohol, stop smoking, reduce stress levels and exercise regularly.
TYPE 2 DIABETES: Millions of people are living with type 2 diabetes and millions are living with pre type 2 diabetes whilst unaware of it. Type 2 diabetes develops when fat deposits in the muscles and liver cause insulin resistance, inhibiting insulin to transport glucose from your blood vessels into muscles and the liver therefore remaining in the blood raising blood sugar levels. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes are poor diet, being overweight and being inactive. Type 2 diabetes can lead to heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage, retinopathy, kidney damage, toe-foot numbness, strokes, amputation and more. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle along with regular exercise will prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes.
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