Reversing Inflammatory diseases With a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Genetics do play a role in whether we have a predisposition for certain diseases, but we have a tremendous amount of control over whether these genes are turned on or turned off. This has been shown repeatedly through careful studies on populations with shared cultural eating patterns and on families where people share the same genetic makeup specifically identical twins.

What they eat has clearly been demonstrated to determine whether they develop a particular disease or not. Here’s the crazy thing—as nutrition expert Dr. Michael Klaper has pointed out—if you talk to medical professors or open
medical textbooks looking for the cause of many of these diseases or conditions, you’ll often find these words: “Etiology (cause) Unknown.”

This prompts most doctors to prescribe medications to treat the symptoms, not the cause. The following is a list of inflammatory diseases which are caused by food. Scientists refer to this process whereby what we eat turns on and off genes as Nutrigenomics.

Inflammatory Diseases and Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Inflammatory Diseases Which are Caused by Food

  • Heart Disease (coronary artery disease, hypertension, angina, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, congestive heart disease)
  • Many Forms and Stages of Cancer
  • Strokes (more than 90% of them)
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Complications of Type 1 Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Allergies
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease and Colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
    [Type here]
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Kidney disease
  • Reflux Disease
  • Inflammatory Joint Pain
  • Auto-immune Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis Pain
  • Cramps and Hot Flashes
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Acne and Itchy Skin Disorders Such as Psoriasis
    and Eczema
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Dementia
  • Unhealthy Weight Loss
  • Sleep Disorders
  • And Many Others

The fact is, most of these disorders, diseases, and conditions are curable. The hundreds of doctors who implement a lifestyle of nutrition as medicine have thousands of extremely happy patients who can attest to this fact and endless inspiring testimonials all over the world can easily be found.

It disheartens me to know that the majority of Americans believe and anticipate that their health will naturally worsen in midlife, requiring them to take medications from that point on for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Though signs of health deterioration become evident in middle age, many studies and autopsies have clearly shown
that heart disease, diabetes, and several other diseases actually begin in childhood, possibly even before birth.

Inflammatory Diseases and Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Fortunately, an abundance of evidence shows that diet can reverse many of these conditions and remove our need
for dependence on medications and medical intervention. It all comes down to “beefing” up the number of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and grains we eat and eliminating or seriously minimizing meat, dairy products, eggs, salt, oil, and sugar.

How Does Science Explain WFPBD and Inflammation?

Consuming whole food plant-based diet reduces inflammation. Eating a diet high in fat and animal products significantly raised inflammatory scores compared to eating a diet rich in whole foods. Studies have shown that plants and high-fiber diets help to lower CRP levels.

It’s important to consume anti-inflammatory whole food plant-based foods, specifically foods rich in antioxidants that inhibit oxidation and prevent cell damage. These powerful antioxidants include vitamin E, C, B-carotene, and selenium.

WFPB foods Rich in Vitamin E

  • Walnuts
  • dried prunes
  • peanut butter
  • almonds, spinach
  • asparagus

WFPB Foods Rich in Vitamin C

  • Potatoes
  • pepper
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • Fruits that contain citrus
  • kiwi
  • tomato

WFPB Carotenoid Sources

Studies have found that carotenoids are especially effective at fighting free radicals. They can be found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as:

  • carrots.
  • WFPB Selenium
  • pumpkin
  • sweet potatoes

Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium! Four Brazil nuts per month provide our bodies with all the selenium they need.

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