Savers know how important a healthy and balanced diet is both for bone health and for all-around wellness. A recent study is reinforcing that fact with staggering findings from across the globe.
According to the data, eating too much of the wrong foods or not enough of the right ones can raise the risk of certain diseases and shorten lifespan.
Today we'll take a close look at this research and what it uncovers about the relationship between our diets and our health.
Poor Diets Are Negatively Affecting Health Across The World
A study published in The Lancet found that in the year 2017 around 11 million people across 197 countries died because their diet was not adequately supporting their health. Furthermore, it led to a staggering 255 million disability-adjusted life years. That figure describes the number of collective years lived with a disability that researchers linked to diet.1
There were three dietary factors that the study associated with the majority of the premature deaths:
- High sodium intake – 3 million deaths
- Low intake of whole grains – 3 million deaths
- Low intake of fruits – 2 million deaths
The researchers came to these conclusions by collecting information about dietary patterns, disease, and health outcomes. Survey data on diets, food sales, and household expenditures over the past three decades provided the basis for estimating the impact of a poor diet on death from noncommunicable disease.1
The researchers looked at the dietary patterns that were risk factors for certain health conditions, and how big of a risk they were. Then they looked at how many people died of those diseases and estimated how many of the cases were reasonably attributable to dietary risks.1
Remarkably, the harm caused by poor diets is more widespread than the impact of other harmful choices like smoking cigarettes. That just goes to show how fundamental and powerful our diets are for determining our health outcomes.
Researchers analyzed data on dietary patterns and health outcomes across 197 countries. They found that in 2017 about 11 million people died from noncommunicable diseases that are attributable at least in part to poor diets. That makes an unhealthy diet even more deadly than cigarette smoking.
More Grains And Fruits, Less Sodium
The researchers noted that the countries where diets were least associated with noncommunicable disease and death were those where people tended to eat a Mediterrnean style diet.
The Mediterranean diet consists of a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy oils, such as olive oil. It tends to include fish, beans, and nuts as protein sources instead of meat. Considered alongside the most deadly dietary habits listed above, we get a very clear sense of what sort of meals can help us live longer and healthier lives.
Savers won't be surprised to learn that a Mediterranean diet that focuses on fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats is aligned with the Save Institute's 80/20 pH-balanced diet.
Reducing your sodium intake protects your bones because excessive sodium consumption accelerates calcium loss. Cutting back on salt helps to keep your body's pH balanced and it helps prevent heart disease– one of the leading causes of diet-induced disease in the study.
The other half of that equation is getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. These potassium-rich alkalizing foods balance out acidifying foods and sodium. They also provide essential vitamins and minerals that your body and your bones need to thrive.
The researchers found that diets that lacked enough whole grains caused millions of deaths. Complex carbohydrates and whole grains are an essential component of a pH-balanced diet for good health and strong bones. The fiber you get from whole grains helps to lower cholesterol, reduces bone-harming inflammation, and improves your utilization of bone-building calcium.2
Researchers found that countries that favored a Mediterranean diet were the healthiest. This diet has a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and healthy oils. It's aligned with the Save Institute's pH-balanced diet. Reducing sodium and increasing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help you live longer and build stronger bones.
What This Means To You
A healthy diet is instrumental to build your bones and stay healthy. A diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains over sodium-filled processed foods and excessive consumption of animal products supports good health and a long life.
Today's study shows the incredible power of food to dictate our wellbeing. Unfortunately, the Medical Establishment typically ignores diet as a tool for improving health.
The Save Institute takes a radically different path– showing you how to use your diet to build stronger bones and live a fuller life. Savers themselves speak to it the most powerfully. Read what they have to say about how a pH-balanced diet has been a simple and effective tool for them to prevent and reverse osteoporosis.
By eating a diet composed of 80% alkalizing foods, you ensure that you're getting plenty of fruits and vegetables. That can help you avoid disease, live longer, and build stronger, healthier bones.