Fitness, Health and Wellness

Facts About Chronic Conditions

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Are you currently suffering from heart disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, or depression?

Did you know more than 80 percent of your disease risk is determined by your environment and exposures during your lifetime?

Did you know, that more than 72 percent of Americans are overweight – that’s essentially three in four people – and 40 percent of us are carrying thirty or more pounds of extra baggage around our waist and hips. For the first time in over a hundred years, the U.S. life expectancy just dropped off for the third year in a row.

Did you know that at least seven of the top ten causes of death – the things that are lowering our life expectancy – are caused by lifestyle?! In order, they are: heart disease, cancer, COPD, stroke, Alzheimers, diabetes, and kidney disease.

Is your lifestyle contributing to your risk of these chronic conditions or counteracting these chronic conditions?

Did you know:

  • proton pump inhibitors such as pantoprozale and omeprazole typically used for gastric esophageal reflux disease (GERD) increase the risk of small intestine bacterial overgrowth and C. difficile – a bacterium that causes explosive diarrhea and colitis and is estimated to cause almost half a million illnesses in the U.S. each year.
  • non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aleve alter the gut microbiota, destroy the intestinal lining to create ulcers and predispose to inflammatory bowel disease and microscopic colitis.
  • oral contraceptives have been associated with the development of both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Did you know:

  • the Average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar and 120 pounds of grains PER YEAR.
  • the average American consumes nearly 3 lbs of salt per year, when in reality we only need a few ounces.

Your health and wellness is NOT just about how you look on the outside. You could workout every single day and look healthy on the outside while simultaneously rotting on the inside.

Your health begins with what you put in and on your body. Every time you go to eat something, it’s a new opportunity to pursue better health.

Are your food choices contributing or counteracting these chronic conditions that we face everyday? Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on how to improve your health and wellness from the inside – out!