And we’re sicker than ever.
As a matter of fact, for the first time in our existence, our children’s lifespans are expected to be shorter than ours!
While there are many reasons for our shrinking lifespans, here are three of the biggies:
Food isn’t food anymore
It used to be that “food” meant things like fresh meats, vegetables, fruits, eggs and milk.
Now it means whatever food companies want it to mean—and I’m talking about processed foods.
The vast majority of grocery store shelves are loaded with what I call stuff in a box—because it doesn’t deserve to be called food.
And sadly, even our “real” foods are being increasingly altered. The animals raised for our consumption are fed a grain-based diet (versus being allowed to graze), they’re pumped full of hormones and antibiotics, maintained in filthy, inhumane conditions and most recently with the case of salmon, are genetically modified.
Our produce is genetically modified too, and tainted with pesticides and herbicides. Plus it’s grown in nutrient-poor soils and typically picked long before it is ripe, so its nutritional value has tanked.
All of this results in food that:
- Does not properly nourish your body and creates deficiencies
- Impacts your body’s functioning (especially the hormones, antibiotics, sugars and chemicals)
- Introduces foreign proteins into your body (GMOs)—the effects of which are largely unknown and not properly studied (I predict we’ll see increases in cancers and food allergies)
- Stresses your GI tract and liver
Our immune systems are under assault
Our immune systems are constantly being attacked by physical, emotional and environmental stressors.
Physical stressors include any kind of infectious agent—a virus, harmful bacteria, parasite or fungus.
They also include things like drugs (OTC, prescription and recreational) and alcohol, plus lack of exercise.
Emotional/mental stressors include stress from jobs, relationships, finances, family challenges, death of loved ones and overbooked calendars.
Environmental stressors include:
- Air and water pollution
- Chemicals in food from radiation, pesticides, herbicides, artificial flavors and preservatives
- Lawn chemicals
- Heavy metal exposure from contaminated water, vaccines, amalgam fillings, wood stains and pipes
This is coming out as explosive growth in conditions like autoimmune diseases, allergies and asthma.
Lack of nutrition and exercise education in our medical schools
Sadly, most American doctors receive fewer than 20 hours of education in nutrition and exercise.
Plus polling shows that over 75 percent of physicians believe they do not have sufficient knowledge to counsel patients about diet or exercise.
Arguably the two most significant factors that support our health—and they’re largely ignored in our medical schools.
Am I the only one who sees something wrong here?
Interestingly enough, the average medical school education does include at least 100 hours of pharmacology (drug) education.
Put another way, a primary focus of our physicians’ training lies not in wellness and disease prevention lifestyle habits, but in chemically-induced symptom reduction after disease occurs.
Look in the mirror!
If you want to do all you can to help support good health and a longer lifespan, start by looking at the person in the mirror.
Good healthy lifestyle habits must begin with YOU!
Here are six tips to get on the road to better health:
- Concentrate on having a diet of REAL foods, going organic as much as possible to avoid GMOs and chemicals. Seek out farmer’s markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs to help control the cost.
- Stay away from stuff in a box and especially soda—both diet and regular.
- Drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day.
- Make the time to cook fresh meals—don’t make excuses about “not having the time.” Many delicious meals can be put together in 30 minutes or less—check out Great Taste No Pain if you need some help here.
- Pamper your precious immune system and help it recover from stress overload with probiotics, vitamin D and vitamin B12— three of the most crucial, helpful supplements for proper immune health. You can get all three at a reduced price with our special Immune Boost Bundle.
- Get regular exercise—and I’m not talking about 12oz. curls or sprinting from the couch to the refrigerator and back during commercials. Get the green light from your doctor, then get moving at least four times a week.