Healthy Lifestyle Key- Guidelines from American Heart Association
The American Heart Association published guidelines recommending that we aggressively treat unhealthy lifestyles. Rather than treating the end result of decades of poor choices, we need to create health while we are younger and healthier. The study (link below) highlights that smoking, a poor diet, being overweight (over BMI of 25), and a lack of physical activity are the best predictors of future heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.
I agree that we all need an action plan, some help in accountability, and follow-up to be sure we are making these important changes in our lives. I addition to adopting these important life-style changes, at Natura Integrative Medicine we are encouraging all to get their micronutrients tested so you can target your nutrition and supplementation to replace those nutrients you are actually missing. For many, we also encourage hormone testing, as so many of us, the mid 20’s and beyond, are no longer at optimal hormone levels. The stress on our hormone system comes from the lifestyle issues mentioned and the endocrine disruption from plastics, pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins.
Optimal health is something we must make a conscious decision to pursue. Just as life is a journey, so too is our health or lack of health (disease). Given the toxic world we live in, the destruction of our food through genetic modification (excessive hybridization and the use of pesticides) and the stressful lifestyles of this fast-paced modern world, we could all benefit from slowing down, reducing stress, eating right, exercising, sleeping better, not using tobacco, and for most of us- losing weight.
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Paul / Dr. Paul