Leading Causes of Death Linked to Nutrition

nutrition wellness Apr 08, 2019

 

Seven out of the ten leading causes of death in the U.S. have a strong link to nutrition. They are heart disease, cancer, lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimers, diabetes and kidney disease. The other three are accidents, influenza and suicide. 

Heart disease is the top killer in the United States. Plaque, caused by fatty deposits that accumulate in the arteries, hardens over the years and eventually limits blood flow. To reduce plaque buildup reduce the amount of trans fats, saturated fats and dietary cholesterol you consume. Trans fats are found in meat, dairy and processed foods. Saturated fat comes from animal sources and is found in junk foods. Cholesterol is found in eggs and animal foods.

Adopting a whole foods plant based diet has been found to prevent, treat or reverse all seven. Why not introduce or expand the healthy foods you eat and eliminate the ones that can make you sick? 

Eat a diet rich in whole grains, beans and legumes, vegetables, fruit, and green leafy vegetables. Avoid oil, fish, fowl, meat, dairy and sugar including natural sugars like maple syrup and honey.

You have the ability to take control of your health and wellness. It may mean a change in lifestyle but it’s worth it!

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