America spends far more money than any other country on healthcare, and yet each year we become more overweight and more dependent on medication. More and more people are developing heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, ADD, and childhood obesity.
Sickness and disease is running rampant in our society, and poor quality food containing toxins is one of the main causes. The majority of our food is doused with carcinogenic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and administered with disease-promoting growth hormones and antibiotics. There are over 70,000 chemicals being used in commercial production in the US and use of these chemicals in our environment, foods and medicines has greatly altered the body’s ability to rid itself or toxins and heal.
What most people do not realize is that it is possible to maintain total health by avoiding unnecessary drugs and by gaining a comprehensive, clear and researched understanding of good nutrition and proper lifestyle choices. Sickness and disease is not a normal part of the human condition. While certain ailments such as headaches, aches, pains and fatigue may be common, they’re certainly not normal.
Even though we’ve made great strides in the quality of our food, most Americans are still eating a diet comprised of excessive amounts of highly refined, processed junk foods, and poor quality animal foods in comparison to their vegetable food intake. One of the best ways to bring the body back to a better state of health and overall well being is to change the quality of the food we eat. Gradually adding some organically grown, nutrient rich, whole natural foods as part of our daily diet will eventually help us reverse the unhealthy conditions we have created. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself if only given half a chance. By minimizing the amounts of toxins we put in our bodies and maximizing nutrition our bodies can regain normal functions and achieve vitality and great health.
Most Americans today live to eat. What we should be doing is eating to live – It’s a simple but obvious truth. We need food for the basics of everyday life – to pump blood, move muscles, think thoughts. And we should be eating to live well and longer.
By making the right choices, you will help yourself avoid some of the things we think of as the inevitable penalties of getting older. A healthy diet teamed up with regular exercise can eliminate a large percentage of heart disease and some cancers. Making poor choices – eating too much of the wrong kinds of food and too little of the right kinds, or too much food altogether, increases your chances of developing diseases. Separating what’s good from what’s bad can be a discouraging task. A knowledgeable, health coach can help you understand what it means to live well, eat healthy, and reach your personal goals.