Wellness of America
So why is America in need of wellness today? Good nutrition is vital to wellness and enhances the overall quality of our life. Unfortunately, Americans’ busy lifestyles and processed foods don’t support the healthy choices that can help prevent the development of problems in later years. We all would like to feel better and make our days more enjoyable for ourselves as well as those around us, but today, most people are not getting what science considers necessary for optimal health in terms of diet, exercise and lifestyle habits.
So why is America in need of wellness today? According to Dr. Heber, head of the research nutrition lab at UCLA, he says on the whole Americans are more unhealthy and in need of wellness than ever and that poor nutrition, stress, pollution and other factors increase the risks of a variety of illnesses as well as obesity. The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion states that dietary factors are associated with four of the ten leading causes of death in the United States; heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Seventy percent of all doctor visits are from diet-related conditions with the #1 complaint being fatigue. There have been entire seminars devoted just to the issue of people being tired. To learn more about how you can teach others to better their health and wealth, click on image.
General factors increasing the wellness need of America
The increase of technology and packaged foods, our dependence on motor transportation rather than walking, our sedentary lifestyles and our busy schedules that leave us little time to prepare healthy meals or exercise have led us down a morbid path. There are a lot of factors that impact our health; a few being fast food diets, overly processed foods, lack of fiber, not enough healthy sources of protein to support healthy muscle and bone and some of others I previously mentioned.
This information is more than a bit disturbing for the peoples’ wellness here in America, but there is good news. Since you control your diet and activity level, you have the power to improve your immediate and future health. All you need is the right information and the desire to put it into action. It is a step by step process really.
Some basic needs:
It is easier for some to incorporate healthy changes into their diet gradually. As far as diet goes, the body basically needs healthy protein, vitamins and minerals, colorful fruits and vegetables, fiber, water and healthy fish oils.
If you need supplements to fill in the wellness gaps, take high quality ones. The quality of the supplements you choose to take really can make the difference in you results.
In addition to good nutrition, we know it helps to exercise, both aerobically and anaerobically. Aerobically, helping your cardiovascular system and relieving stress and anaerobically, helping your muscle strength. Exercise builds muscle mass and as your muscle mass increases, you burn more calories, even when you are not exercising. Each pound of lean body mass burns about 14 calories per day. Each pound of fat tissue burns about 2 calories per day.
Drinking plenty of water is also an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and having a nutritious diet. Water plays an essential role in helping your body process nutrients, maintain normal circulation and keeping the proper balance of fluids. Generally, 6-8 glasses is recommended, but consult your physician.
To better the wellness of us in America, it all comes down to the basics; a good nutritious diet, exercise, plenty of water and rest as well as good lifestyle habits. Sounds easy, but it is a challenge for a lot of people and that is why America is in a great need of wellness. I strongly encourage you to take a few moments today and seriously look at what you might incorporate into your daily routine that will improve your health. Doing so may help prevent possible illness down the road and you’ll feel better now.
Good nutrition just makes life more enjoyable with better health and more energy. It takes a conscious effort, but once incorporated into your daily lifestyle, it gets easier and can even be fun. If you want some easy ways to jump start your health, you may want to research www.funwithnutrition.com It takes a lot of the guess work out of it.
Life is a balance and nutrition is a big part of helping to maintain that balance. And don’t forget to laugh daily.