There is a “perfect storm” of health factors that can come together and practically guarantee that you will be facing heart disease, diabetes and/or stroke in your future.
It’s Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic Syndrome is a collection of health issues (that are rampant in our society today) that spell DANGER.
- High blood pressure
- Elevated blood glucose
- Elevated triglycerides
- Low HDL cholesterol
- A high concentration of belly fat (being an “apple shape”)
Let’s take a closer look at the four primary causes behind Metabolic Syndrome and discuss ways you can help prevent it or fight back.
Metabolic Syndrome Cause #1: SAD
Metabolic Syndrome is sad, but the SAD I’m referring to is the Standard American Diet, which can cause an absolute train wreck of ill health in your body.
The Standard American Diet is typically characterized as follows:
High concentrations of:
- Refined carbohydrates--These create repeated floods of glucose into the bloodstream, which can eventually lead to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
- Processed food—Many of the artificial ingredients and chemicals in packaged foods must be processed by the liver and/or kidneys and create large amounts of acid wastes.
- Fast food—This typically includes lots of refined carbs, foods fried in vegetable oils (which form harmful compounds similar to trans-fats when heated to high temperatures), and foods that are severely lacking any measure of freshness or nutritional value.
Low concentrations of:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Fiber and naturally occurring nutrients
- Unadulterated meats or poultry
- Healthy fats
Metabolic Syndrome Cause #2: Lack of movement
According to Harvard Medical School, only about 30 percent of Americans engage in any form of regular exercise.
So is it any wonder that two out of three of us are overweight or obese, high blood pressure is through the roof and elevated cholesterol is exploding?
Regular exercise helps prevent and counteract ALL of those issues, but most people would rather stick needles in their eyeballs than exercise.
Metabolic Syndrome Cause #3: The magic pill mentality
Although medications are necessary in some cases, the fact is that ours is a medication-dependent society, and the average person is looking for “that magic pill” to solve their health issues, instead of doing their part to encourage good health—like having a healthy diet and exercising.
Not only can medications NOT undo the effects of a poor diet and physical inactivity, but they also interfere with the proper functioning of your body’s cells, tissues and organs (manifesting as side effects) and create acid wastes that your body (especially your liver and kidneys) must eliminate.
Metabolic Syndrome Cause #4: Uric acid
Research has shown uric acid plays a role in Metabolic Syndrome.
Uric acid is a normal waste product removed from the body by your kidneys and intestines and released in your urine and stool. And as long as your kidneys are working properly and your BMs are regular and healthy, uric acid typically isn’t a problem.
But unfortunately, many people are stressing their kidneys with food chemicals and medications and have anything-but-normal bowel movements, so uric acid levels can run high.
High levels of uric acid are associated with Metabolic Syndrome, and recent studies have shown it appears to actually disrupt your metabolism.
Help prevent it or turn it around—it CAN be done!
Metabolic Syndrome paints a truly concerning picture, and you simply can’t sit back and hope your number doesn’t come up.
But the great news is, there is PLENTY you can do to help prevent Metabolic Syndrome or help fight back if you’re already heading toward it!
Here are six very effective measures you can take:
1) Support your microbiome
The safe elimination of harmful food and medication wastes through your intestinal tract depends on a strong gut wall.
If your gut wall is weak and too porous (known as leaky gut) toxins and wastes have an "open door" to seep back into your bloodstream and create inflammation.
Unfortunately, many people have unhealthy gut environments due to our typical diets. Refined carbs feed the harmful bacteria in your gut which can in turn irritate the intestinal lining and contribute to leaky gut.
But probiotic supplementation can help encourage a healthier gut environment and more regular bowel movements. Probiotics help to support and repopulate your microbiome with friendly, helpful bacteria that can help counteract the harmful effects of dangerous microbes.
And for a top-shelf probiotic that can help support YOUR healthy gut wall, Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is as good as it gets.
Our 13 strains of well-researched probiotic bacteria are ready to take their place along the gut wall, support your immune and digestive health and encourage more regular BMs.
2) Engage in regular exercise
Nothing makes you shed excess pounds, strengthens your heart, lowers your blood pressure and helps expel wastes and toxins better than regular exercise.
Notice I said both “regular” and “exercise” in the same sentence.
By “regular” I mean something that you do at least four-five times a week.
And by “exercise” I mean an activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat.
Get your doctor’s OK and start moving.
3) Minimize refined carbs, processed foods and fast foods
Strive to do the majority of your grocery shopping around the outer perimeter of the store—where the fresh, real foods are located. Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and fish, real butter, eggs, dairy and healthy fats (like coconut oil and olive oil).
Make most of your meals proteins and vegetables. Let pasta be a once in a while treat—not a regular meal.
And drive right by the drive-thru.
4) Embrace the power of Omega-3 fats
Numerous studies prove that Omega-3 essential fatty acids support cardiovascular health by helping to keep artery walls flexible, reduce the process of plaque growth, promote healthier triglyceride levels, prevent blood clotting and encourage a stable heart rhythm and lower blood pressure!
These life-saving fats are found in fatty fish—but that's not something that most people eat on a daily basis.
We're also not getting the Omega-3s in meat, milk and eggs like we used to because the animals raised for our food supply are now being fed a grain-based diet (which lacks Omega-3 EFAs) versus being allowed to graze in Omega-3 rich pastures.
That's why supplementation with an Omega-3 fish oil formula like VitalMega-3 is so wise for so many people.
VitalMega-3 provides 1,200 mg of Omega-3s in every daily two-capsule serving, including the all-important EPA and DHA in the 3:2 ratio recommended by experts.
5) Consider medication alternatives
Medications cause harmful acid residue in your system (as well as side effects).
If you are on any medications, talk to your doctor about alternatives, or if you can wean off them altogether.
Who knows--you might not need some or all of them any longer if you start eating better and exercising!
6) Get enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D is crucial to counteracting Metabolic Syndrome.
Studies have shown that the lower the level of blood Vitamin D, the greater the occurrence of Metabolic Syndrome.
This makes sense when you consider the role Vitamin D plays in heart health, immune system health and the proper functioning of all your cells.
But Vitamin D is also a very common deficiency, especially this time of year in the northeast where we see very little sunlight.
To ensure you have health-supporting levels of this vital nutrient year-round, our Optimum DK Formula with Fruitex-B is the way to go.
Optimum DK Formula provides a therapeutic 5,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 in each dose, plus its partner nutrients Vitamins K1 and K2 and the mineral boron, as these nutrients work in tandem to support your cardiovascular and immune health.
Metabolic Syndrome can spell disaster and even raise your risk of an early death, but you are not defenseless against it!
Take the bull by the horns and DO YOUR PART to fight back now.
To your health,