Today’s show is all about Lifestyle IS MEDICINE!
Diet and lifestyle are the root of all health and disease and NUTRITION is the corner stone of our health- We are truly what we eat.
Did you know that on average we eat 80,000 pounds of food per year!? The quality of that food will either keeps us healthy or makes us sick…and let’s be honest with ourselves….a few milligrams of medicine will NEVER be more important than that 80,000 pounds of food we eat.
The GREATEST factor of your health during your lifetime is the FOOD that you choose to eat.
Think Whole Foods-Food that grow in the dirt- Real, LIVE food, Food that rots/decomposes, Plants-Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, grains,
Nothing can replace REAL nutrition -While technology and science advancements are amazing, Eating REAL Whole Foods and feeding our bodies with micronutrients is a MUST- a couple of milligrams of medicine will NEVER be able to overcome the effect of what we eat. PERIOD.
Unfortunately, our healthcare system ignores the role of nutrition and disease. And it’s not the doctors fault, but the system- even if a MD was to offer nutritional counseling, there is no way to bill for the time…the system actually penalizes doctors for taking the time to discuss nutrition. And when money is involved, unfortunately, money will always win.
The same reason you’ll probably never see a commercial for sweet potatoes or broccoli is the same reason breakthroughs on the power of foods to affect your health and longevity may never make it to the public: IT’S NOT PROFITABLE. There’s no money in healthcare prevention.
Now, you may say well it’s in my genes…and there are a lot more studies coming out about genetics and epigenetic that prove that your LIFESTYLE can actually trump genetics. The science shows that genes only account for 10-20 % of most risk. Think conditions like hypertension, MI, cancer, etc. things like your environment (where you live) and your diet (what you eat) can + or – effect your life, your longevity MORE. Your family history does NOT have to become your destiny.
As healthcare professionals, if we advocated living a healthy lifestyle, those 4 things, we could potentially wipe out more than 90% of developing DM, more than 80% of MI, 50% stokes, reduce overall cancer risk by more than 25%- Colon cancer, the number 2 cancer killer, up to 71% of canes appear to be preventable with simple diets and lifestyle change.
I don’t advocate for a vegan or vegetarian diet, I advocate for an evidence-based diet, and the best available balance of science suggest that more whole plant foods we eat, the better! The ONLY diet that has been PROVEN to CURE heart disease is a PLANT BASED DIET. PLANTS ARE MEDICINE!!
This world needs us!! If you could, would you work from home advocating Lifestyle MEDICINE?