Turn Off the Faucet Eat More Plants
Imagine if you left the water running in your house for years. Even if it started as just a trickle, over time it would create a lot of damage and the repair bills would be devastating! An unhealthy lifestyle is a lot like leaving the water running in your body, flooding it with a diet high in processed and refined foods, bombarding it with everyday pollutants, pesticides, and toxins, and taxing it with too little sleep and chronic stress. These unhealthy lifestyle factors cause inflammation in your tissues and, over years, can spread throughout your body causing all kinds of damage.
Unchecked inflammation can lead to health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and auto-immune diseases. Treating these conditions with medication is like trying to clean up your flooding household with a small bucket. Medications help control the damage, but they won’t stop the flood. Cholesterol medications slow the progression of heart disease, but they don’t help people recover. Diabetes medications help scoop away some of the damage of high blood
sugars, but no one recovers from diabetes by taking diabetes medication.
Real health and recovery requires changing your lifestyle to stop the flood of inflammation. The best way to turn off the faucet is by eating a diet rich in plant foods. Plant foods — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds are treasure-chests full of healing properties. It is true that these foods are your major source of essential vitamins and minerals, and they give you so much more. Plants are full of colorful pigments called phyto (plant)-nutrients that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors; the bright ruby red found in pomegranates, sapphire blue in berries, amethyst purple in eggplant, and emerald green in dark leafy salads, to name a few.