Food in Health and Disease: Know Your Risks

Hello again everyone:

As you know, chronic disease is the major cause of suffering in our country, and worldwide as well. However, knowing what the science shows us has not changed dietary patterns. This is incredibly unfortunate as it turns out that what we eat is now known to DEFINITELY be associated with the onset, aggravation and perpetuation of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular health (heart attacks, stents, stroke), diabetes, dementia, cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc., etc. Check out this recent article where they research the fact that “suboptimal diet is an important preventable risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCD’s)”.

“This study shows that poor diet is the leading risk factor for deaths in the majority of the countries of the world,” said study author Ashkan Afshin of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

BOTTOM LINE: It is super important to emphasize that the foundation of any health plan to overcome or prevent a chronic health condition is based on diet. Without an optimal diet, no amount of supplements, exercise or other intervention will be as effective as it should or could be. This awareness should be top of mind and drive all of our food choices.

Ok, so what to eat? To make it easy and simple, start with avoiding all sugar in all of its formats and avoid all processed foods.

Secondly, go to a plant-based food plan. The best one to start with is the Longevity Diet, by Valter Longo, PhD, and then read about plant-based recipes. Give yourself several months to dial in the entire food plan and then let me know how you feel 6 months after starting the plant-based plan…my experience is that you feel significantly better overall. This type of plan has the most science to back it up and is totally worth it. You will feel so good about yourself, your health and global wellness and sustainability.

So why do I write about this? Because way too many people I meet simply don’t get it…it just does not sink in to the point that they will volunteer to upgrade their food habits. I am hoping that if someone sees that this is an established scientific and medical FACT, that they will understand that FOOD IS MEDICINE and take the care and responsibility for keeping themselves in an optimal position to avoid or properly and optimally manage their health. My sincere and best wishes to everyone that this information supports your individual goals and purpose. Thanks for taking the time to read this short article.

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