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Studies have shown that modern industrialized dietary patterns are lacking in many essential nutrients that our body needs to maintain favorable health. Too many processed and denatured foods are being consumed and directly contributing to a long-list of avoidable health problems.

The most common industrialized diet is known as the Standard American Diet (SAD). SAD is generally characterized by high intakes of processed, pre-packaged and artificially flavored foods, such as animal milk and meat products, fried foods, refined grains and cereals, and high-sugar drinks.

Supporting the diet with plant-based nutrition has been shown to help maintain optimal function of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, and digestive systems. In some cases, correcting nutritional deficiencies with a plant-based diet has been used to alleviate symptoms and poor health conditions that have not responded well to conventional care. 

Support a Healthy Lifestyle With Plant-Based Nutrition

Plant-based nutrition is not really a diet. It's more of a dietary and lifestyle guideline that helps safeguard against blindly falling victim to preventable chronic illnesses and useless and extreme diet fads that are typically unhealthy for most people. To this end, plant-based nutrition also informs of the importance of quality over quantity of food, and proportions in a balanced diet.

You can think of a plant-based diet as a learning aid that overtime will help develop the flexible eating and lifestyle choices that meets your own personalized needs.

And you don't have to make any drastic changes to your current eating habits or throw everything out of the pantry and fridge. All you really have to do to get started is, well, begin including more plant-based foods into your current daily diet! It's really that simple to get started.

This means that you don't need to spend a lot of time and money on a nutritionist or a naturopath, or a personal chef or trainer, or a gym membership, or follow the latest diet-fad, or recommendations from the government or nutritional "expert", to start improving your health.

In most cases, recent diet-fads and "expert" nutritional advice are simply modernized takes on time-tested traditional naturopathic methods. And most of the time these are simply being repackaged purely on the grounds of securing research funding or bringing new products or services to market.

Bear in mind that consulting with a health professional who has the knowledge and experience to guide you in making sound lifestyle and food choices, and supplementing the diet, is often the key to being able to see health changes through. These people can also be useful if you have a specific health problem, or if you want to accelerate specific personal or health goals.

But in general, to get started with improving your health all you really have to do to is adopt a plant-based diet. 

If all this sounds like a no-brainer, that's because it is. Plant-based diets have existed on every continent on Earth for about 5000 years, and today nearly all the groups of people throughout the world that live long healthy lives consume plant-based diets.

From China to Japan, to the Cacus Mountains near Russia, to Ecuador, to the US, and to Pakistan, virtually everyone who eats a balanced diet made up mostly of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and the right amount of low-fat and low-protein foods, tends to be trim and healthy.

Just about anyone can begin to improve their health and support a healthy lifestyle simply by making the choice to eat more plant-based foods. 

About the Author

authorRene M. Rodriguez is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and board licensed acupuncturist with 20 years experience in alternative natural medicine. He's in private practice in Los Angeles, CA, speciliazing in digestive disorders, skin conditions, infections, environmental illness, and mind-body health and wellness. For more information, please click here.


 

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