How Can You Grow Old Better?

  • Heart failure:

Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart cannot adequately supply blood and oxygen to all of the organs in the body, due to either structural or functional changes.

Risk factors: high blood pressure, smoking, inflammatory diet, excess weight, prior heart damage, circulation issues

  • Depression:

Defined by several symptoms, notably a depressed mood with difficulty concentrating and a gradual loss of interest in activities that does not improve over time and interferes with normal routines.

Risk factors: lack of exercise, low-nutrient diet, emotional stress, lack of connection, loss of self-expression or creative outlets, lowered exposure to fresh air and natural environments

  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia:

Both are characterized by progressive losses in both memory and cognitive functions.

Risk factors: sedentary lifestyle, insomnia, emotional stress, dehydration, highly processed foods, artificial sweeteners, environmental toxins and heavy metal accumulation

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease:

Any type of lung disease that results in a blockage of airflow and difficulty breathing, requiring supplemental oxygen or pharmaceutical intervention.

Risk factors: smoking, environmental toxin exposure, inflammatory diet

As you can see, certain lifestyle factors are implicated in every single one of these chronic diseases, and a major one is a diet high in animal products, processed foods, saturated fats, sugar, and sodium, and low in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.