We know A LOT more about nutrition health and wellness today than ever before.
We also are more sick, more overweight, more obese, and have more health complaints than ever before.
Why is that?
Did you know?
The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese.
Overweight and obesity in adults puts people at increased risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and some forms of cancer.
9 out of 10 Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and that means they may not be getting enough of the right nutrients.
More than 60 percent of young people eat too much fat.
30.6% of men reported that knee pain was the most common type of joint pain they suffered.
Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million Americans.
There are many more troublesome statistics and facts about both children and adults struggling with their health.
It is no wonder why we are in trouble.
Going back to the fact that we have access to A LOT of proven health and wellness information that can make us feel better and be healthier, why aren’t we listening?
Here’s what we know:
There are proven things that we can do to build better health, and in turn FEEL GOOD every day.
1- Adequate rest
2- A balanced diet
4- Reduce stress
5- Maintain normal weight
6- Nutrition health supplements – yes, we now have long term (20-year) studies that prove nutrition supplements make you healthier.
That may sound like a very comprehensive program for building good health, perhaps overwhelming to some.
It is comprehensive, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
We, as individuals have to be in charge of our own good health. Our doctors may tell us all of these 6 things above, but they aren’t going to follow us around every day and make sure we do them.
It is up to us. Each one of us. Individually.
We have to WANT IT for yourselves.
And we have to DO IT everyday.
For me, if I take each step, and decide how I am going to work it into my life, it becomes more manageable.
Some steps are easier than others. If you have to schedule that sleep at night, do it. Try to get 7 or 8 hours. That may be hard for some, I realize we are busy. But if it means cutting out some tv (we don’t ‘need’ that) or whatever there is in our lives that isn’t absolutely needed (like work) – get the sleep!
That can be one of the easy steps.
Exercise is hard for many people to make a commitment to do. It might be easier, now that it is summer in the U.S., to incorporate a daily walk into your life if you aren’t already exercising regularly. It is a start and will hopefully lead to more.
Nutrition health supplements can be the easiest thing to do. After you do your research and make sure you choose a quality brand (studies have shown that there is a lot of junk out there and may actually do more harm than good – but the quality supplements are PROVEN to build better health). Once that decision is made, you simply set them out each day and TAKE THEM. Easy stuff.
Each step can be planned out in your daily life. Make it fit in. Schedule it. The goal is to SEE and FEEL results that will motivate you to continue.
We all can have better health. But it is a choice. So we have to want it and choose it – to get the benefits.