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Do You Want to Care for Your Diseases or Your Health?
Focus and Improve Your Health for Life
The evidence is abundant and obviously-something is wrong with our American "health-care" system. Here are some of the facts:
Americans spend more money on health care than any other nation ((over 15% of our entire nation's expenditures). We comprise only 5% of the world's population, half of all the drug prescriptions in the world are taken by Americans.
A report by the World Health Organization in 2000 ranked the U.S. 37th out of 190 nations in health care services. France was #1.
In terms of life expectancy, America ranks 42nd. Two decades ago we ranked 11th. Experts tell us that American life expectancy is continuing to decrease and our children won't live as long as we will. France, Spain and Japan rank on top in terms of life expectancy and they all spend less money on health care than we do. What is wrong with this picture?
More than 1.7 million Americans die of a chronic disease each year. Most of these deaths are caused by three diseases– heart disease, cancer and diabetes. These diseases aren't just caused by old age. They are striking younger and younger people every year.
The American medical system has one of the worst track records for making mistakes of any health care system in the world. Medical mistakes are ranked as the 6th leading cause of death and that's only the information that gets reported.
There is really a simple explanation for all of this. Americans are mistaking disease care for health care. Modern medicine treats diseases and should be called disease-care. Health care isn't what you do to treat disease, it's what you do to stay healthy or regain health when it has been lost.
Drugs and surgery are used to treat diseases but they don't improve health. This doesn't make up for poor diet, excessive stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise or a poor mental attitude. If you want to be another statistic in declining life span, increasing degenerative disease and poor health that is affecting most Americans, then stick with the American disease-care system.
If you really want to be healthy, then change your focus from treating diseases to building health. It's a simple change of thinking that will reap big gains in health.
“Prescriptions” for Better Health
When you visit a doctor wanting help with your diseases, the doctor generally writes you a prescription. Assuming that you're reading this because you want help with your health. Here are genuine health-care prescriptions. The funny thing is that these four health-care prescriptions have an interesting "side effect." Following them will not only make you healthier, they will get rid of a lot of your diseases, too.
#1: Get Some Color in Your Diet
Most Americans have a bad case of the “whites” when it comes to nutrition. "WHITE" foods are refined foods that add up to arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, fatigue, premature aging and shortened life span, It adds up to NO profit for the pharmaceutical industry, which markets drugs to manage the symptoms of illness caused by these processed foods,
You don't need a degree in nutrition to realize that refined, "white" foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, polished rice, processed vegetable oils, shortening and chemical additives should to be avoided. To be healthy start looking for the color. The brown of whole grains, the greens of leafy vegetables, the bright reds and blues of berries and orange of squashes are all signs of the presence of the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
It's not that hard to start eating more whole foods while reducing your consumption of refined foods and doing so will probably cause half of your current health problems to clear up. You'll even save money since real food is actually cheaper than refined and processed foods.
#2: Take Some Nutritional Health Insurance
Since it is very hard to have a "perfect" diet in our modern world, it's wise to take out a little nutritional health insurance by adding a few basic supplements to your diet. Here are the major ones you should consider, in order of importance.
A Basic Nutritional Supplement:
If you're concerned about the nutrients that may be missing in your diet, purchase a little dietary health insurance by taking a high quality multi-vitamin and mineral like Super Supplemental. Don't go for cheap vitamin and mineral supplements as they generally contain very poor quality ingredients.
Or instead of a multi-vitamin, use a whole food supplement like Ultimate GreenZone. This will give you vitamins and minerals in a whole food form, which are easier for the body to use.
Extremely low fat diets aren’t good for us. We need the right kinds of fat in our diet. Most diets are low in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are necessary for the health of our heat and brain. They are important for the immune system as they help control the chronic inflammation that produces heart disease, arthritis and memory loss in aging.
Super Omega-3 EPA is a good supplement to ensure you're getting these important fats in your diet. Flax Seed Oil is another good source. Deep ocean fish (like wild salmon), grass-fed beef and poultry, avocados and nuts (especially walnuts) are good sources of omega-3 oils. We need some medium chain saturated fats like real butter from grass fed cows and coconut oil.
Antioxidants are nutrients found in our foods and can be thought of as the body's cooling system. They soak up the free radicals that cause oxidative stress and inflammation. Antioxidants help prevent and heal heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, auto-immune diseases and most other chronic diseases. They slow the aging process and keep us looking and feeling young.
Antioxidants are abundant in fresh fruits, berries, greens and other vegetables. They are depleted by shipping, storage and processing, which is why few of us get enough of them even if we are eating the recommended 7-9 servings daily.
Thai-Go is an excellent antioxidant supplement. It has an extremely high capacity for neutralizing free radicals. it contains bioflavonoids and xanthones, which reduce inflammation, decrease pain and promote tissue healing. Thai-Go tastes good which makes it a pleasure to take.
Another good antioxidant supplement is Super ORAC and is included in the Super Trio pack. Super Trio contains Super Omega-3 EPA and Super Supplemental. Super ORAC supplies similar benefits to Thai-Go in capsules.
Enzymes are found throughout the animal and plant kingdom. They are known as the spark plugs of life because their role is to catalyze or speed up chemical reactions. There are 5,000 enzymes that have been discovered since the 1930's, with 3,000 found in the human body.
Enzymes are destroyed by heat and processing so most of the foods Americans consume contain no enzymes. Instead, they often contain enzyme inhibitors in the form of preservatives. Taking an enzyme supplement like Proactazyme is wise.
Proactazyme will help food digest better and prevent digestive upset, intestinal gas and improve absorption of nutrients. Enzymes help reduce inflammation and pain in the body by supporting immune function.
Elderly persons or people with extremely poor digestion, may need a stronger enzyme product like Food Enzymes.
We live in a high stress society. This causes anxiety, depression and/or lack of sleep. To manage your stress Nutri Calm is a great product and will also aid in anxiety and depression. If you still have trouble sleeping all night Nervous Fatigue may help.
The American Dietetic Association recommends that healthy adults consume 20-35 grams a day of dietary fiber and children 5 grams a day. Adequate amounts are not being met because the good sources of fiber: fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes-are low.
Fiber has many benefits. It can help relieve constipation, prevent diverticulosis, diverticulitis, colon polyps and colon cancer. Regular consumption of fiber lowers blood cholesterol levels and helps to normalize blood glucose and insulin levels. This makes fiber a great protection against the top three causes of death-heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Psyllium Hulls Combination is a great fiber supplement for most people and is stronger and more effective than other psyllium based fiber supplements on the market. People suffering from irritable or inflammatory bowel disorders may find Everybody's Fiber is a better choice.
The small intestines provide a perfect environment for the billions of beneficial bacteria that help break down the food we eat. The flora in our gut is essential to human health. This good bacteria prevents unwanted and infectious bacteria, yeast and other microorganisms from multiplying in the gut. They help us synthesize B vitamins and enhance the functions of the immune system. They play a role in reducing allergies in children and decrease the bacteria in the mouth that causes dental caries.
Antibiotics, chlorinated water and drugs destroy the friendly bacteria, making people prone to bowel disease, yeast infections and compromised immune function. Probiotic supplements like Bifidophilus Flora Force will replace these friendly microbes.
Agriculture practices over the last 100 years has severely depleted the soil which in turn has depleted the mineral content of our foods. Properly grown organic produce can have 200-800% more minerals than produce grown commercially with fertilizers. Minerals are essential for healthy bones, muscles, skin, hair, teeth and fingernails and act as catalysts for numerous biochemical processes.
Mineral Chi Tonic is a great way to replenish your trace minerals. It has the benefits of containing adaptagenic herbs that can lower your stress level. If you don't like the taste try Ionic Minerals.
#3: Get Off the Couch and Move
Too many of us work at desk jobs and when we get home, we plop on the couch and turn on the TV or sit in front of the computer surfing the net or playing games. Get off the couch and do something physical.
Go to the gym or take a long walk. Find some activity that gets you moving that you enjoy. It could be gardening, dancing, playing a sport or anything else that gets you off the couch. Physical activity helps us maintain proper weight, improves mood and cardiac function. It helps prevent diabetes because movement greatly increases lymphatic flow and helps the immune system.
#4: Get some R&R
Now what better Prescription could you get than one that calls of a little rest and relaxation. Most of us work too hard, short-change ourselves on sleep and pump ourselves up with sugar and caffeine to keep up our hard-driving lifestyle. This stress adds up to a lot of bad health.
So make time to have a little fun and relaxation in your life. It boosts your immune system, keeps you young and health and even helps you heal when you are sick or injured. You now have the excuse you’ve need to take it. It’s been “prescribed” for you. If doctors wrote more prescriptions for R&R, everyone would be a lot healthier.
These basic “prescriptions” are a great way for anyone to improve their health.