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,...

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Breast Cancer Facts and Insights

 

According to data provided on the breastcancer.org website about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

So what do you need to know to prevent the occurrence of breast cancer? There are some links to lifestyle including nutrition and exercise.

Consumption of plant based foods can lower estrogen levels. Animal foods can elevate estrogen levels. Breast cancer risk is lower when you maintain a normal body weight, limit alcohol consumption and eat mostly plant foods. No amount of alcohol is considered safe when if comes to breast cancer. 

The risk of breast cancer increases when you consume well done meat. The amount of cholesterol consumed may also play a role in the development and progression of breast cancer....

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It's Not About Deprivation

nutrition Mar 30, 2019

I had the pleasure of spending time with friends over the past weekend. Every January we get together in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. I'm a breast cancer survivor and one of our friends has multiple sclerosis. Both of us eat a plant based diet for health reasons. He made the switch when he was diagnosed ten years ago and the progression of his disease has been very very slow.

Over the weekend there were several discussions about what we choose to eat. The one thing I observed is that a lot of people look at it as though we are depriving ourselves of something. We are depriving ourselves by not eating meat, eggs, cheese and other animal based foods. I don't look at it as deprivation. Food by definition is any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.

I think what has happened here in the United States is that we look at food more as something we do for pleasure and want to get some...

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