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And is it true a vegetarian lifestyle greatly reduces the risk of contracting some chronic, degenerative disease?

A considerable amount of scientific information suggests the existence of a positive relationship between vegetarian lifestyles and the changes of contracting any of the different chronic degenerative disease, such as obesity, heart disease, cancer and others.

Medical researchers have attributed this advantage of longevity and healthy lifestyle, a lifestyle which encourages abstinence from tobacco, and alcoholic drinks on a whole.

So What Makes up a Vegan Diet?

A Vegetarian Diet contains less fat, and is composed of a large variety of vegetables, fruits. Whole grains, legumes, nuts (walnuts or pecans, almonds, etc) and nonfat or low-fat milk products.

If you want to try a vegetarian diet, you must pay attention to protein sources. Meats, eggs, and dairy foods provide the bulk of most people’s daily protein needs. Cutting some or all of those out will lower your protein intake, unless you make the effort to include higher protein plant foods.

Simply going vegetarian does not guarantee a healthy diet. It is easy to eat a high fat/low fiber vegetarian diet. What I’m trying to say is: whether or not you eat meat, you still have to pay attention to fat intake. Simply eliminating meat from your diet does not automatically mean you are eating less fat.

This reverts me back to my original Question:Is a Vegetarian Diet Better? I’m curious to hear you take on this subject? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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Heredity is usually described as one of the minor risk factors of heart disease. Despite that description, the role of heredity should not be underestimated.

There are hereditary elements present and common to all of the lifestyle diseases and individual coronary risk factors. Usually these factors can be controlled, suppressing the role of heredity in the disease process. Were it not relatively controllable it would be easy to blame heredity for all the problems that arise.

Although blaming heredity would be a far too simplistic overview, we would be partly justified in taking that line of thought, for without doubt we do inherit genetic weaknesses that might surface sooner or later.

Chromosome Abnormalities

A developing fetus inherits forty-six chromosomes, twenty-three from each parent. It’s estimated that there might be as many as sixty-four billion different chromosome combinations in one, fertilization. Genes contained in the chromosomes are responsible for our physical development — including height, body size, constitution, appearance, personality, temperament, intelligence, co-ordination, reactions, metabolism, disease resistance, and a whole host of other features and qualities.

Naturally, then, there are unlimited possibilities for something to go wrong or for abnormalities to occur. One or both of the parents may carry a particular genetic tendency without showing any signs or symptoms of its presence. A child, born to parents inheriting these potential genetic abnormalities, may display the characteristics of the particular condition at some point. However, special diagnostic procedures detect those at risk (even before birth) and, along with genetic counseling, the suitable intervention is made.

Heredity and Your Heart

Apart from hereditary heart diseases, it must be emphasized that even where these factors are inherited it is the tendency or potential that is inherited rather than the actual disease. Heredity does not usually the reason behind the disease.

All the evidence suggests that where the environment and lifestyle are at their most favourable, the related disease patterns do not generally occur. Congenital heart disease is the failure of the heart or large blood vessels to develop normally. There are a variety of causes in which heredity may or may not play a role.

Your Heredity and Life-Style

In many instances, take obesity as an example, it is quite clear that it is familial attitudes and behavior that determines the lifestyle. A growing child, for the most part, observes and conforms to domestic practice. Thus type, quantity and quality of food, attitudes to exercise and a healthy life-style, are largely determined without too much individual thought. Under such conditions poor habits are likely to be perpetuated. Adopting good health practices based on personal choices afford the individual the best protection.

I’m not saying that adopting the best life-style available will guarantee the absence of any particular disease or condition.

In the majority of cases it will help to prevent their development. It should be understood that while diabetes, arthritis, allergic conditions, and cancer all have hereditary features, there is no certainty that the individual will develop any of these complaints.

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Do you know that most major killer diseases in the western world are largely preventable? It’s true! The killer diseases that stalk your future can be avoided – to a very large degree.

Heart disease and cancer account for 74% of all deaths, for example. We now know that a large majority of these diseases can be preventable.

Is it all down to taking pills and potions? NO! But it will involve you in revolutionizing you life-style, an across-the-broad change in your habits. But will this life change ensure that you don’t die prematurely, needlessly? NO! That is just one of the positive side-effects.

When all the life-style changes have been made, you begin to feel better than you have ever felt before – physically, emotionally, mentally. You reap the rewards in the form of:

  • Greater resistance to regular (as well as major) diseases
  • You develop a far more positive outlook on life
  • A greater ability to cope with, deal with life’s problems
  • Overflowing energy that will enable you to perform more effectively in a whole rage of physical activites from athletics and sport – to sex.
  • Greater fulfillment within your family, in leisure activities and at work.

The life-style revolution will not only enable you to postpone your funeral, it also enables you to live life to the fullest and adds many fruitful years to your life. To mentain this healthy life-style change, there are some preliminary facts you need to grab a hold of:

  • About your heart; your heart is vital to your health.
  • About your environment. Polluted environment has a major impact on your health potential. There are ways you can help improve it, hence improving your chances of living a long and healthy life.
  • About the way your mind works, you mental health. Your mind, as well as your body, needs to fighting fit to cope with the stresses of the fast-lane life we’ve grown accustom too.

When you have mastered these easy-to-grasp basics, the life-style changes you need to make become obvious.

Everyday millions of people in the world commit suicide – by knife and fork. Those who know how to handle stress not only get more out of life but rarely fall to a whole range of aches and illnesses, even cancer. It’s pointless to complain about pollution form drain, industry, and automobiles – if you choose to fill you lungs and the atmosphere around you with air pollutant calculated to cause cancer, heart disease, and bronchitis.

However, before the life-style changes, the facts; and the facts fundamental to all are the facts about you heart, the pump of life.

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