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Why A Plant Based Diet?
Eating green will save your life, and maybe the planet.
Back in March 2003, the World Health Organization – WHO, published a report prepared for the U.N. by a team of global experts, aimed at identifying new healthcare recommendations for governments worldwide on the importance of diet and exercise, in their fight against chronic diseases.
Highly significant at the time, the report examined scientific evidence on the relationship between diet and exercise and the development of chronic diseases.
In a nutshell, the report called for limited consumption of energy dense foods like trans-fats, sugar and salt found in highly processed food and drinks.
The result of an increased consumption of energy dense diets high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates and a sedentary lifestyle among city dwellers, especially the urban poor.
Fast forward to 2013 and we see the same problems persist globally and nationally. Chronic diseases like cancer, hypertension, obesity, heart disease and stroke are the most common and the most costly to the afflicted.
The financial and human cost can no longer be ignored. Today Americans suffering from chronic diseases face rising healthcare cost. This year alone 1.5 Americans will declare bankruptcy. Not from living a lavish lifestyle or misfortune but from medical bills.
Plant Based Nutrition
These chronic diseases and the high cost of healthcare associated with their treatment are preventable if we turn to natures’ pharmacy and plant-based nutrition. The healing power of fruits, vegetables and other plant-based ‘superfoods’ have been scientifically documented in reversing diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Dietary research has uncovered a variety of different nutrient-dense foods that time and again have been shown to promote good, overall health. They tend to have fewer calories, higher levels of vitamins and minerals and more importantly disease fighting antioxidants. For example broccoli, blueberries, green tea, legumes, walnuts and spinach have been known to stop and even reverse, hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and some forms of cancer.
The number one tool in fighting cancer prevention is plant-based nutrition. And according to the World Cancer Research Fund about 30% of all common cancers can be prevented with a healthy diet and recommends a diet of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Just one teaspoon of ground flaxseeds a day may protect against breast cancer. It’s no accident that vegetarians are 45% less likely to develop cancer.
Consider fruits and vegetables to your body like income to your bank account. Consider the 20 anti-cancer compounds in lemons, the arthritis fighting compound glutathione found in avocados to the anti-cancer, anti bacterial, antiviral properties in garlic, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, and seaweed. Use them in your daily health and fitness regimen and protect yourself against chronic disease and thereby potential medical bankruptcy.
The more plant based foods we eat, the more we fight off disease and infections, the less costly will be our long-term healthcare. The greatest investment you can make is in your health. Invest in plant based nutrition.