Far too often we succumb to the consequences of the American diet. So many of us suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. In many ways it has almost become a right of passage as we age. In recent years, more and more young people are being plagued with chronic health issues.
At one point it seemed as if these conditions were limited to older people. But with the increase in obesity rates, mixed with a sedentary, inactive, lifestyle younger people are being affected at an alarming rate. But this does not have to be. We can take charge of our health to help reverse the damage. There is absolutely no reason why we have to continue this vicious cycle. The secret lies in lifestyle modification.
This change is so much more than a diet. Diets in of itself are temporary. Physical activity is equally as important. Food, coupled with exercise can literally change your life for the better. Changing the type of foods you eat and exercising can reverse diseases like high blood pressure. Of course modern medicine has provided us with medicine to combat hypertension. Medications have been formulated to treat the disease. But these medications are composed of a complex mix of chemicals which can have toxic side effects. Simply take a closer look at the package insert on your medication. It lists every possible toxic symptom which almost always includes multiple organ failure, and death. This in of itself is enough to scare the living shit out of you.
I am by no means suggesting that you should abandon a prescribed medical regimen. But rather, commit to making gradual lifestyle changes so that you can treat the problem and not the symptoms. Increased blood pressure is a symptom of heart disease. Its a vicious cycle. Over time unhealthy fatty foods contributes to adding plaque to our arteries, this lessens its elasticity and decreases the diameter of the tube aka arteries. This in turn leads to increased cholesterol and hypertension. This causes our hearts to work harder to push past the blockage.
The increased effort on the part of the heart causes hypertension. So giving medication to treat the high blood pressure and cholesterol does not remedy the ultimate cause. Diet modification and exercise are the only solutions to remedy the problem. Once you begin to take these medications they are never ending unless you resolve the real issue. Lifestyle modification is the only solution. Many who committed to making the change are able to resolve the issue and are thankfully able to be taken off their medications.
Changing your lifestyle is extremely challenging. But the sacrifice is well work the reward. Food is one of the main things we have control over. Our health literally hinges on the quality of the food we eat. If we consistently eat highly processed foods, which contain little to no nutritional value, we are actively reducing the quality of our health. Just think about it, every piece of food we eat is digested and absorbed into our bloodstream. So literally you are what you eat.
Our bodies have the capacity to over compensate for our poor food choices. But over time it loses its ability to reverse its effects. This makes us vulnerable to the toxic effects of food and makes us susceptible to disease. There’s good news! Committing to making a lifestyle change is mind over matter, meaning you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Breaking with unhealthy traditional foods is the first step. Only you can make life long changes that can be beneficial to your health.