I first learned about Dr. Terry Wahls this morning on my favorite radio station, Kink.fm. The morning host had just finished her book and was remarking about this woman who had cured her multiple sclerosis (MS), discarded her wheelchair, and had done it all with food, not drugs. In addition, she went on to say that a new study has been released that directly links the amount of fruits and vegetables in a person’s diet to lifespan.
Eating at least seven portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day was linked to a 42% lower risk of death from all causes. This strongly suggests the importance of the healthy diet for MS patients.
Yes, you read that right- seven portions, not the usual five we have heard about for the last several years. As a self-proclaimed food-nut myself, I was very interested to read about Dr. Wahls and her health transformation from changing how and what she ate.
You can read about the Seven Fruits and Vegetables Study here. Another interesting note from the study is that canned fruits and vegetables seemed to increase the risk of death by 17%! Yikes! Not surprisingly, the amount of sugar, especially in canned fruits seems to be to blame.
It may seem unrealistic (and can be expensive) to increase fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, but our takeaway is that some is better than none, at any age. If you are getting three servings, try increasing it to four, then, five, and eventually up to seven. I find that making a smoothie first thing in the morning helps me knock 2-3 servings out. Here are some great recipe ideas for smoothies that I found helpful when I was just getting started.
Have you found easy ways to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption? We want to hear about it! Comment below!