4 comments / 0 Comments / Posted by Sherry Brescia

I’m a people watcher, especially in the grocery store.

I can’t help it.  As a nutritionist, I always glance at people’s carts to see the proportion of real food versus “stuff.”

Nine times of out 10, the more “stuff” in their cart, the more overweight they are and the sicker they look.

I was in my local Wegmans recently and I swear everyone I passed had trouble walking, or waddled, or seemed to be in pain as they moved.

And without exception, their carts were full of highly processed, packaged foods, soda and sweets!

All I could think was, “I’m surrounded by early death in the making.”

If I’ve even remotely described you, read this email in its entirety.

Because this is YOUR WAKE-UP CALL…before it’s too late and you can no longer wake up.

The health price of eating “stuff”

The typical processed, fast and junk food diets that many people have are so positively horrendous that they cause an absolute train wreck of ill health in your body.

I’m not just talking about a few unlucky people—a diet of processed, refined foods harms EVERYONE in one way or another.

And the health price is getting increasingly complex—it’s not just carrying an extra five or 10 pounds anymore. 

Instead we’re facing a diet-induced intricate collection of factors that greatly increases your risk of dying way before your time…and living life sick, medicated and in pain before you do kick the bucket.

Here’s what I mean—we’re now looking at “cardiometabolic risk.”

Cardiometabolic risk

Cardiometabolic risk is a cluster of factors that dramatically increases your chance of developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

Although there are several factors involved here, the three most significant are:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity

Here’s the part that each of these plays in inviting disease and early death to come knocking at your door:

  • Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is a collection of health issues that spells TROUBLE.  It includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and a high concentration of belly fat (being an “apple shape”).

Having one of these issues is serious by itself, but having two or more exponentially increases your risk of early death.

  • Inflammation

Many people are walking around in a state of chronic inflammation, and this takes an incredibly harmful toll on your body. 

Chronic inflammation can trigger many health problems including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, joint problems, back problems, headaches, digestive problems, nerve pain and high blood pressure.

  • Obesity

When you are obese, your body absolutely cannot function the way it’s supposed to.

The excess weight puts a tremendous strain on your muscles, bones and joints—so obese people are more susceptible to joint issues, arthritis and problems with mobility.

Plus it is more stressful for your heart to pump blood through an obese body.

In addition, being obese makes it more difficult for your body to accomplish digestion and clear wastes.  The toxicity that results increases your risk of gallstones and kidney stones, it stresses your liver to have to filter wastes from your bloodstream and makes you an excellent home for tumors to develop. 

You can fight back!

Although cardiometabolic risk paints a truly frightening picture, there is plenty you can do to protect yourself!

Here are 4 important steps you can take to help reduce your risk of early death:

Eat real food

Concentrate on REAL foods, being sure to incorporate lots of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables other than corn and potatoes into your diet, as well as meats, poultry and fish (wild-caught only), eggs, and healthy fats like real butter, coconut oil and olive oil. 

Also, choose water over soda or other processed, sweetened drinks.

If this seems overwhelming, I understand. Take baby steps!  Start by making just ONE healthier choice a day—such as opting for carrot and celery sticks instead of chips, having a side salad with your entree instead of fries, or having an apple for a snack instead of a candy bar.

And if you want to make sure all your nutrient bases are covered, especially if real foods have not visited your plate in a while, or Ronald Reagan was President last time you ate a salad, then a complete multi-vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core can fill in the blanks for you!

Super Core provides a health-supporting dose of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, but that’s not all!  It also gives you natural anti-inflammatories (which will help in your fight against cardiometabolic risk) and antioxidants, which fight disease-causing free radicals!

Now that’s complete!  

Move on a regular basis

Nothing makes you shed excess pounds, strengthens your heart, expels disease-causing wastes and helps minimize aches and pains better than regular exercise.

You don’t have to get fancy—even brisk walking is helpful and nearly everyone can do that.

Try to get an exercise buddy.  You’ll talk and laugh the time away and your workout will fly by.  My friend Liana and I have been martial arts and running buddies for nearly 15 years, and have we ever had fun throughout those years!

Please get your doctor’s OK and get moving—your life truly depends on it.

Supplement with Omega-3 fish oil

Omega-3 fish oil can help counteract your cardiometabolic risk factors in many ways.

First of all, Omega-3 EFAs are Nature’s anti-inflammatory.  So they can help quiet any harmful chronic inflammation you may have going on inside of you.

In addition, fish oil has been proven to help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure—the 3 major “players” in metabolic syndrome!   

Plus it can also help fight insulin resistance too!

In addition to eating fatty fish, a high quality, Omega-3 formula like VitalMega-3 can help ensure you have enough of these crucial nutrients.

VitalMega-3 provides a therapeutic dose of 1,200 mg of Omega-3 fats in every 2-capsule dose, including the Omega-3 superstars EPA and DHA.

Support your gut microbiome

A strong gut microbiome helps to encourage regular BMs, which are crucial for your body to eliminate wastes and old, worn-out cholesterol. 

Also, a healthy gut wall is vital for proper nutrient absorption, which is essential if you’re trying to lose weight.

In addition to having a diet of fiber-rich real foods, supplementation with a full-spectrum probiotic formula like Super Shield can help support and bring your gut microbiome into a healthier, well-rounded balance. 

Super Shield provides an effective blend of 13 well-studied probiotic strains that will take their place along your intestinal wall, crowd out harmful bacteria, and get to work in supporting your better health!

Fight back against cardiometabolic risk and help keep yourself feeling great well into your golden years!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

Comments

  • Posted On May 02, 2018 by Melanie at Holistic Blends

    Hello Juanita! Thank you for your comment. We are thrilled that you are harnessing the power of your diet to improve your health! Please let us know if you have any questions along the way.

  • Posted On May 02, 2018 by Melanie at Holistic Blends

    Hello Fiona, thank you for your feedback! We couldn’t agree more and are thrilled that SNAP is accepted at farmers markets. That truly is progress!

  • Posted On April 27, 2018 by Fiona

    Hi Sherry~
    First of all, thank you so much for all the good you do in the world! Sadly, I have noticed the same thing in my grocery store. Even sadder is the fact that many of the people I see struggling are 20 or more years younger than I am. Saddest of all are the obese children. This needs to be a full on movement if we are going to help people turn things around for themselves. I see that happening in many places but there is still much work to be done. I could write a blog (book) about this myself, but I am sure everyone has heard it all before. One thing I will say is that the farmer’s market in our eastern Oregon town accepts SNAP benefits, and I believe many others across the country do as well. That’s progress. ;-D

  • Posted On April 27, 2018 by Juanita Robertson

    What a coincidence! My younger daughter, her son and daughter just left my home to urge me to join them in switching to a plant-based diet. They surprised me with their vast knowledge of various diets and the consequences of following them. They praised the many benefits of the plant-based diet (more energy, lest pain, weight loss, etc.) and said that, even though I eat grass fed meat and free range range and I no longer drink milk, I am still at health risk. I eat lots of fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits and I avoid fast foods and processed foods. I’m giving serious thought to going plant-based for a fair trial.

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