Diseases and their Relationship to Diet and Nutrition
It is very important to eat a balanced and healthy diet that provide...
 Rickets – Rickets is caused by vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus
deficiencies. Soft bones and bowed legs are the most c...
 Osteoporosis – A calcium deficiency in bones, osteoporosis is mainly due
to not enough exposure to sunshine, little exer...
how a lifestyle rich in vitamins, minerals and water-plump fresh produce can help
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It is very important to eat a balanced and healthy diet that provides sufficient nutrition to meet the needs of the body for a long and healthy life. The term “food” covers all classes of foods from proteins, vitamins, fibers, and water to minerals to foods that are low in fat, sodium, sugar, and carbohydrates. It is, therefore, easy to understand why eating can be such a difficult subject for many people!

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Diseases and their relationship to diet and nutrition

  1. 1. Diseases and their Relationship to Diet and Nutrition It is very important to eat a balanced and healthy diet that provides sufficient nutrition to meet the needs of the body for a long and healthy life. The term “food” covers all classes of foods from proteins, vitamins, fibers, and water to minerals to foods that are low in fat, sodium, sugar, and carbohydrates. It is, therefore, easy to understand why eating can be such a difficult subject for many people! While most adults today are aware of the food pyramid and its recent modifications, obesity and disease are still on the rise. Unhealthy eating habits lead to many diseases like high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and many more. This is largely because foods are processed, over- cooked, and have fewer nutrients that the body needs to fend off disease, help with healing, and sustain vital organs. Ultimately, an unhealthy diet can lead to health problems such as:  Gout – Gout is caused by an excessive intake of protein-rich foods. Symptoms include joint pain similar to other inflammatory diseases. It can be avoided by reducing the amount of animal proteins (pork, beef, poultry, fish, and seafood) to no more than 2 servings per week.  Malnutrition – While uncommon in its severest form, malnutrition is caused by an unhealthy diet that is nutrient deficient. Most commonly depicted as very thin, frail children with bulging stomachs, malnutrition in its less severe forms may hinder healing and the body’s response to fend off disease and illness.
  2. 2.  Rickets – Rickets is caused by vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus deficiencies. Soft bones and bowed legs are the most common symptoms. This problem can be alleviated by eating foods rich in vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus.  Scurvy – Scurvy, once a painful and frequently fatal disease is caused by a vitamin C deficiency. Bleeding and swollen gums are the symptoms. The cure is the same as the prevention: the diet should include leafy vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C, such as oranges or other citrus fruits.  Obesity – The most common problem impacting Americans today is caused by excessive calorie intake. Obesity causes other diseases like heart problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also increase the risk of cancer, joint problems, and can lower life expectancy. As we grow older, our risk for diet-related diseases increases respectively. Examples of nutrition related diseases attributed to a nutrient deficient diet include heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and osteoporosis.  Hypertension – High sodium foods lead to hypertension. If not treated in time, this may further lead to heart and kidney failure.  Heart disease – Obesity, malnutrition and excessive cholesterol lead to heart disease and are related to improper diet. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the US.  Cancer – A high fat diet increases the risk of cancer, and is especially impactful if there is a family history of cancer.
  3. 3.  Osteoporosis – A calcium deficiency in bones, osteoporosis is mainly due to not enough exposure to sunshine, little exercise, and lack of a plant based diet. The problem of bone loss can be alleviated by eating more fruits and vegetables, and eating less acid forming foods like animal proteins. If a person has osteopenia or osteoporosis, calcium supplementation (in correct amounts) could be necessary. In addition to calcium, sufficient vitamin C and D supplements in proper amounts along with switching to a healthy lifestyle is imperative. An organic diet reduces the amount of toxins, additives, and food colors, while increasing the amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants required by the body. Blackberries build bone density, spinach maintains mental sharpness, and blueberries restore antioxidant levels. Apples support the immune system, and fight lung and prostate cancers. Oranges reduce bad cholesterol levels and lower the risk of cancers. Strawberries protect the body from Alzheimer's disease. Healthy foods play an important role in the vitality and longevity of humans. It is important that real, fresh, raw, and organic foods, including living foods make up the bulk of food intake. Foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals not only help the body’s ability to self-heal, but provide the valuable energy needed for the body to function at optimum levels. ____________________________________________________________ ___________ Dr. Fred Bisci is an organic and raw food nutritionist with over 40 years of experience helping people improve longevity and reduce the risk of diet related illnesses. He has assisted over 35,000 people to improve health by focusing not only on what goes into the body, but what is left out. For more information on
  4. 4. how a lifestyle rich in vitamins, minerals and water-plump fresh produce can help you feel better and live longer, visit: www.anydoubtleaveitout.com

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