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Food as Medicine, is one of today's hottest topics.
As health care concerns grow in America, along with the proliferation of medicine usage, we should expect to be some of the healthiest people in the world. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Chronic illnesses, and acute illnesses are growing at epidemic levels.
Studies have shown that chronic illnesses are the direct result of our food choices. People eat too many unnatural, processed foods that are toxic to our bodies in place of foods that are natural and supply what our bodies need, (all 91 essential nutrients).
A paradigm shift in our approach to healthcare is necessary. Removing unnatural foods from our diet, and replacing those foods with ones that are natural, is the best way of reversing illness and maintaining our health. This approach is a shift away from the typical approach of using medical and surgical interventions as our primary protocols for "health care".
Being overweight or obese has reached epidemic proportions globally. WHO estimated in 2014 that more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these, more than 600 million were obese. In fact, more people now die worldwide for being overweight and obese than underweight.
Many nutritionists agree that our poor diets are contributing to our sedentary lifestyle. In addition, an unhealthy diet can cause obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease, and a lack of desire/energy/motivation to exercise.
The most prolific health problems in America are, ironically, the most preventable. The CDC identifies four common habits that are damaging but modifiable behaviors that influence chronic diseases. These behaviors are:
Excessive alcohol use
Insufficient physical activity
Poor eating habits
While 50 percent of American adults suffer from at least one chronic illness, we also also have the ability to completely avoiding this result by (1) eating more raw, unprocessed foods and (2) removing the processed (typically toxic) foods from our diets.
Life-threatening diseases, like lung cancer, emphysema, cirrhosis of the liver, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and hypertension are all preventable.
What is important to understand is that food consists of a variety of complex chemical substances that the body utilizes to maintain its structural integrity, as well as its delicate biochemical and physiological balances. Therefore, nutrients must have similar basic properties as the human body itself, and these properties must be complementary to the body.
EAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Most research shows that can can live on diets consisting of plant-based foods alone. Furthermore, scientific studies have strongly indicated that individuals who live either solely or predominantly on plant-based diets are actually healthier than individuals who live on mostly animal flesh diets.
There is strong scientific evidence showing that fresh fruit and vegetables are essential. A natural plant-based diet can not only help prevent heart disease and other chronic illnesses, but help to reverse it, even in its most advanced forms.
Lifestyle changes resulting from education and the way we view our health care with diet and healthy lifestyle choices is key. Rather than treating illness with medicine and surgeries we must begin to see food as the key to recovering from obesity, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. 
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