Eat Your Veggies!
Plant based diets are an obvious strategy for nutrient intake and are associated with lower mortality and decreased rates of many diseases. Evidence would suggest that plant based diets can decrease the risk of heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. A correctly executed plant based diet can also help with weight and glycemic control, reverse atherosclerosis, and lower blood lipids and blood pressure.
I’ve mentioned the benefits of drinking enough water before, in my first ever post actually. This study found that not drinking enough water can lead to “enhanced risk of metabolic syndrome with abdominal obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, vascular dementia, cognitive impairment, microalbuminuria, chronic kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and premature mortality.” Yikes. If that doesn’t make you thirsty, not sure what will. When someone is has less adequate fluid in their body there is an increase in the antidiuretic hormone, vasopressin. This elevated level of vasopressin is what is linked to all the above mentioned health concerns.