Americans have numerous health issues, the list sometimes too long to name; cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases to name a few. Then there are things the average American doesn’t associate with this list like infant mortality rates, and education levels where we rank so low some third world countries rank higher. So it may be odd when I say the most pressing health issue in the United States is vegetables, people do not eat enough of them or don’t eat them at all.
The American diet is mostly meat and some type of refined, processed foods. We eat a lot of sugar and drink a lot of sweetened liquids, but the one thing we do not eat is vegetables. As a society we don’t market them, subsidize them or make them the center of our plates.
It is no big secret that most of our illness, disease, aches and pains are related to our lifestyles, food taking up a large part of our health problem. Most nutritionist regardless of which end of the spectrum their philosophy lives on, vegan-ism at one end and high protein the other, everyone agrees vegetables should be the main stay of the human diet. Vegetables promote health and well being, both physically and mentally.
Chiropractic patients who are experiencing a lot of pain are asked to increase their vegetable intake and get rid of the sugar, junk food and liquid meals. At Barnes Chiropractic we do this because we know that these types of food promote inflammation, contribute to your pain and make it more difficult to fix your joint dysfunction.
Getting veggies into your diet doesn’t need to be a big deal, sautéed veggies in your morning omelet, salad at lunch and a side of broccoli at dinner are an good and easy place to start. Get in this habit and then add others like a kale smoothie in the a.m. and three vegetable rule at dinner. Get started on the road to good health today one lettuce leaf at a time.