Paying Attention To Your Health

Nowadays there is no shortage of health info readily available at our fingertips. Thanks to google, in a matter of seconds we can find out everything we need to know on how to lose weight to natural cold remedies to getting rid of acne. Yet with all that info, it’s become even harder and harder to make sense of it all. What’s the result? Well, many of us just end up tuning out. We use phrases like everything in moderation or you only live once to justify poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. In this post, we’re going to tell you why it’s important now more than ever to pay attention to your health.

Our food looks a whole lot different

Did you know that from a nutrition standpoint, grassfed beef looks a lot closer to wild salmon than it does to conventionally raised beef? Sound strange? It is. On the bright side, the demand to feed oversized populations has helped food companies produce more food at cheaper prices. On the dark side, many of those food companies use industrial farming methods that result in tasteless food with little or no nutrients.

In order to make up for the lack of flavor, we need marinades, sauces and condiments which are often high in sugar and chemical additives just to make a meal palatable. Ever wonder why orange juice has added synthetic Vitamin C? That’s because some conventionally raised oranges contain zero Vitamin C due to poor soil quality and pesticide overuse.

Photo of a large drum of MSG outside of a local restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. That's a lot of trash!

Photo of a large drum of MSG outside of a local restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. That's a lot of trash!

Kid friendly food is awful

Look, I ate ice cream as a kid. Good ole fashioned ice cream made with cream, milk, sugar and vanilla. These days, ice creams like Mint Chocolate Chip from Baskin Robbins contain a whole lot more than mint, chocolate and chips. The ingredient list is extensive and includes corn syrup, soy lecithin, cellulose gum, monoglycerides, diglycerides, guar gum and carrageenan. Should I go on? Okay, I will...Blue #1, yellow #5. You get the drift. Many of the foods targeted towards kids are made with dyes, preservatives and high fructose corn syrup that contribute to brain dysfunction, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Health Insurance is Expensive

We’ve all heard about the rising costs of healthcare. With Obamacare in full swing, the media has bombarded us with stats on how health care will bankrupt our country. It’s not uncommon to see individual deductibles of $3,000. On top of the already expensive monthly insurance payments, we pay copayments and deductibles making our out-of-pocket costs higher than ever. Plus, the lack of transparency leaves us confused and frustrated with the whole system.

Staying healthy is the most affordable way to manage your health. One of my favorite quotes is from the revolutionary farmer Joel Salatin. Salatin has helped educate people all over the world on the importance of wholesome food, grown and raised free of pesticides and as rich in flavor as nutrients. He states: “if you think organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately?”

Advances in science and medicine

It’s not all bad news, of course. Advancements in technology and funding have fueled medical and scientific research in ways we never thought possible. Researchers and physicians are able to diagnose, treat and sometimes cure serious diseases. Some medications save lives and others improve our quality of life. It’s amazing what we now know about the Human Genome Project and the future of bio-individual medicine looks promising and real. By staying up to date on the latest advances in science and medicine, you can take control of your health for you and your family. Reading blogs like Chris Kresser and Science Daily are great ways to take your knowledge to the next level.

The world we live in today is different than it was 30, 20 or even 10 years ago and empowering yourself to take control of your health will make a huge difference in your life and that of your family.

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