The Nutrition Gap and the 3 leading causes of death in the United States linked.
The United States is in the middle of a war and is getting its ass handed to it in a major way. I’m not speaking on the pretend war on drugs or the irrational war on terrorism. I will reserve those topics for fake outrage and less meaningful conversation. I’m speaking on the health of a nation that is pathetically plunging to its own demise. How can one be in a war that has such a drastic fatality rate that the top 3 wars combined would seem like a brief footnote in history. The one topic that seems to be the elephant in the room and the one people take arms to avoid, Nutrition!
I do not believe people avoid the topic because they are knowledgeable and there is no discussion to be had but, simply put, most of us are ignorant to the information and hate that we have no knowledge about what we put in our bodies and how it works. Nutrition can seem very complicated and seems to be such a broad topic that people get lost in a sea of misinformation. Three of the top four causes of death in the U.S. are heart disease, Cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease. These three alone account for over half of the deaths in The United States according to this shocking CDC report.
The million dollar question is what causes such a large proportion of deaths to fit in these three categories? The answer is simple. A lack of nutrition knowledge and application can and will kill off the population in masses. This epidemic has been a battle for over a decade and is only rising in number as we continue to take a Martin Luther King approach and turn the other cheek while our entire bloodline suffers. We feel like we can eat, drink, and inject whatever we want and there will be no repercussions for our actions or lack thereof. The western diet along with western medicine have long been the laughing stock of the world as we continue to lead the world in being the unhealthiest nation.
The second question is, how do we fix it? NUTRITIONNNNNNNN????? Hippocrates so elegantly said many moons ago “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” How can someone with no awareness of today’s technological advances and resources know something so simple yet so complex to modern day society? if we learn to put down the processed foods and cut down on meat, eggs, and dairy consumption the world around us may be more vibrant and productive. We should be focusing on the most nutrient dense vegetables we can get our hands on such as green leafy vegetables, legumes , and various fruits. The increase of fruits and
vegetables and decrease of the the previous mentioned foods have shown clinical proof and evidence that these diseases can be prevented and often times reversed.
I’m all about solutions and remedies instead of complaints and and crying. We often times have to do something different to get a different result. This is a call to action for those who are letting this message seep into their conscious brain and want a resolution to our healthcare crisis and prescription drug epidemic. This simple solution will help bring a majority of issues into check especially if coupled with exercise. There are many options that will change your life such as a high quality nutrition supplement that is clinically tested. Instead of a doughnut for breakfast try water and a piece of fruit or a nice fruit and vegetable smoothie. We all have choices to make and that require us to be disciplined and make a better decision for generations to come.
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Daniel Owens is a nutritional consultant focused on bettering lives through nutrition education. He is the co-owner of www.illusivenutrition.org He is also co-host and co-founder of What's Eating You Radio podcast. If you have any questions or want any recommendations feel free to email at email@example.com