Why Preventive Health Just Makes Good Sense

Many people dismiss the pursuit of good health, arguing that they simply do not want to live forever, but what if I rephrased the proposal? You may be less inclined to dismiss a healthy lifestyle if you knew that it could ensure that your years on this earth were youthful and vibrant, free of disease, aches and pains.

The topic of preventive health and “anti-aging” it is not about living forever, it is about living this to fullest – being well enough to do anything and everything you have ever desired to achieve for the 100 years (or more) you may be here.  You can die peacefully and with dignity – wouldn’t you rather die at 100 scaling Mount Everest, rather than withering away in a hospital bed?

This is where the concept of preventive health comes in – we have already found ways to live longer – a little over 200 years ago the average life expectancy was 35 years, in 1977 it was 77 years and today it is 82 years. But the quality of life of an individual as they climb past 35, 40, 50 or 77 is questionable – 45 percent of people over 85 require daily assistance, while 50 percent of that same population has some degree of Alzheimer’s disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, while cancer and diabetes rank among the top ten. Many times, these conditions are preventable and science is hard at work to unravel genetic coding to deter debilitating conditions passed along the generations.

Living the preventive health lifestyle is not about eternity on this earth, but simply ensuring that although your biological clock keeps ticking, your looks, energy, health and zest for life stays youthful, for your lifetime.

If the signs and symptoms of aging – feeling every ache and pain in your body, a sluggish metabolism and chronic fatigue are keeping you from living to the fullest, you should, no need, to seek a preventive health lifestyle, including hormone testing and balance, eating a healthy diet, routine and learning to find balance in your life: for work, play and relaxation.

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7 Foods Ruining Your Health

Various non-profit and research organizations have released statements and informative literature on the top food allergens and intolerances that
affect many Americans.  Seven foods top the charts and although you may not be one among those diagnosed with a specific allergy, you may still unknowingly exhibit signs of intolerance or sensitivity – often affecting your mental and physical health. The foods listed below are potentially wrecking your good health and keeping your waistline from shrinking: peanuts, soy, dairy, eggs, sugar, gluten, artificial sweeteners and ingredients.

The good news is that you do not necessarily have to give up all these foods for the rest of your life. The most ideal way to discover allergies is to participate in a comprehensive nutrition lab panel– testing your blood and saliva – to immediately gain awareness of foods that produce the antibody, immunoglobulin E (IgE.)Identifying sensitivities is a bit more complex, since the only real indicator of dysfunction is your reaction to the food, which may be slight. Developing a healthy eating plan that eliminates all seven of these food items over the course of three to four weeks, should sufficiently rid your body of the harmful effects. After the completion of the 21 to 28 day period, you will begin to add back each food item one at a time, observing for discrepancies in your mental and physical state. Reactions may include, but are not limited to mental fogginess, fatigue, depression, abdominal cramping, upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or acne. If not effects are observed after one week, the added food item is a safe part of your food intake and you should choose the next food on the list to add back to your diet.  If effects are observed, discontinue consumption of that food item – you have recognized your sensitivity to that food.


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