Life Roulette?

by Steven Carney on January 10, 2013

It’s unfortunate, but many Americans play “Life Roulette” every day. They gamble with their health by eating the wrong foods, drinking the wrong beverages, and they aren’t always active enough. These behaviors drive extra weight, metabolic dysfunction, inflammation and depressed immune health, which contributes to more colds and infections. Unfortunately, many seem to believe that nothing’s going to happen to them!

After years of bad choices, more obvious symptoms and bad test results will show up. Many will take drugs (for hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, etc.). Unfortunately, those drugs don’t cure the underlying lifestyle causes, they treat the symptoms. People think they are doing better when they’re not. The downward spiral continues daily, until a more significant health crisis erupts, such as a diagnosed disease, heart attack, stroke or cancer, one which can require hospitalization.

Assuming the patient survives (after costing tens of thousands), they will probably have a diminished quality of life or degree of disability. They will probably be more susceptible to more health problems, a common situation that can require a nursing home, a home they never leave. I’ve seen it happen to my own family members and those of friends.

I call this gambling-style approach to health “Life Roulette” where people hope for a win even though the odds favor a loss. The reality is that being cavalier about health and assuming no bad outcomes from an unhealthy lifestyle is a recipe for. . .bad outcomes! People need to do almost everything right as they age if they want to enjoy wondrous health. Otherwise, the odds will catch up to you (the recent flu outbreak should reminder us about the need to maintain great immune health)!

Is this progression inevitable?

No! It’s a choice. More specifically, it’s a series of choices that people make daily. Change some of the unhealthy choices, fix some of the lifestyle mistakes and the outcome can be completely different. Rather than live with chronic conditions, disease, disability and death, people can enjoy wondrous health and vitality well into old age (into the 80s and beyond).

The vast majority of Americans and other Westerners can all do it. It’s not very hard. We mostly create these problems ourselves, through a series of missteps, and by accepting the myths and falsehoods we are told about aging. Here are some of the reasons why we do have so many health-related problems:

  • A pro-inflammatory diet
  • A weakened immune system
  • A lack of activity/movement
  • High stress and a lack of sleep
  • Myths and falsehoods

There are many aging myths and falsehoods that bring complacency. I could go on for many pages, but a few key myths to recognize:

  • You gain weight with age
  • You slow down with age
  • You have more back/joint pain with age
  • You develop more chronic conditions/diseases
  • You have weaker immunity with age
  • You lose vitality with age

None of these developments are from age alone! They are all based on false assumptions and beliefs, along with an unhealthy lifestyle and a medical system built on superficial drugs and treatments, driven more by profits than common sense or true healing!

What to do differently?

For starters, let’s say you are 35 or 40, perhaps you have some extra weight but you feel fine. Does that mean you are fine? No, it doesn’t. Even 10 pounds of additional fat (especially at the waistline) can fuel low-grade inflammation, which can spread to other organs. It can disrupt your immune, glucose and insulin functions, damaging tissues and cells. Visceral fat also changes sex hormones to be more estrogenic (for both sexes). There are some helpful tests to find low-grade inflammation and indications of immune health, such as a hs CRP and 25-hydroxy vitamin D.

If you follow the SAD (Standard American Diet), it’s time to tweak your diet! The SAD is one of the world’s worst diets, full of processed foods, fast foods and junk foods. Instead of having a few healthy ingredients, those processed foods have 10, 15 even 20 ingredients. They include extra sugars, refined starches, unhealthy fats, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, etc. The consequences of the SAD is to activate more disease genes. Over time, those foods can drive many of the chronic diseases we see with age (hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, etc.).

The good news is that by making healthier food substitutions and moving toward more whole, balanced nutrition, your health will improve on a number of levels. Foods such as lean meats, fish, veggies, nuts, whole fruits, berries and olives/olive oil can help with natural weight loss, more stable blood sugar, improved energy and lower inflammation. You’ll sleep better and help to maintain your key hormones as you age, keeping you younger and more vibrant. You can change your life in a matter of a few weeks!

Add fun activity

If you are inactive most days with lots of time at the computer or watching TV, think about what activities you like. Do any of your hobbies involve being active, such as gardening, yard work, hiking, biking, dancing, playing with kids or pets, etc. Start with things you enjoy! Focus on activities that are easy and fun! It doesn’t have to be a chore or a hassle. And with better nutrition and supplements as needed, you’ll have more sustained energy; you’ll feel like being more active. As with food, being active 4-5 days per week, even for 15-30 minutes can also activate health genes and turn off disease genes. Taking time to de-stress is also helpful, something else activity can do!

These adjustments to nutrition and activity can end your current life roulette! They can change the odds in your favor and keep you healthy, energized and fit as you age. You really can avoid most chronic conditions and diseases that people around you have. Forget those myths of aging. I can help you become free of those self-fulfilling beliefs!

Here’s another way to look at it. If you have some health conditions or negative test results, work with a qualified health coach, one who can help you discover the keys to a healthy future. The sooner you start, the easier it is to take action and fix the problems.

Many times, losing some weight and/or making some key changes to your eating habits can improve or resolve things like hypertension, joint pain, and other common conditions. As a health/wellness professional, I can help you find alternatives to most common conditions and in a matter of weeks, you’ll have a better quality of life, no matter what your age!

BTW, this is the #70 article for this site (scroll down to see the previous posts)! I hope you all have picked up some great tips for having a healthier, more successful life!

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 © 2013 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now


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