The Truth About Heart Disease And The Importance Of A Healthy Lifestyle Versus Great Genetics!

It only makes sense that if heart disease is the “number one killer” that we ALL should be interested in doing something about it.

Right?

What if I told you that nearly 80% of all heart disease is preventable?!?

I imagine a good number of you are saying; “What did you just say?”.

THE MAJORITY OF HEART DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE!  (Sorry, it doesn’t come down to good or bad genetics)

Cardiovascular Disease Does NOT Need To Be The Number One Killer Of Men And Women In The United States! Honestly, it’s a shame!!!

Well, if you have been following me at “The Get Healthy Club,” “The Healthy Omnivore” and even here at “The Get Healthy Hub” you know this to be TRUE!

Honestly, I hope this isn’t the first time that someone is telling you that in the majority of cases it can be said that “we” are solely responsible for the quality of our health.

Yes, it is true that a “healthy lifestyle” is the primary factor when it comes to your cardiovascular health.

The Mayo Clinic now has a very simple program that will help “move” you in the right direction when it comes to the health of cardiovascular system.

Now I will tell you, these recommendations are not complicated, but just four simple steps to attaining and retaining a high quality of cardiovascular health.

#1:  Eat 5 or more vegetables or fruits per day. It’s not just the protective nutrients they supply, but also that you’ll have less room for junk.

Personally, we teach that “fibrous” vegetables are the most important for your overall health as fruit does contain the simple sugar fructose.  But please look at the additional reason to increase your fibrous vegetable intake; “you’ll have less room for junk”.  Yes, “eating” as a “hunter-gatherer” gives you no chance to consume “fast,” “convenient” and/or “junk” foods!

#2:  Move 10 extra minutes each day. Recent studies show that a sedentary lifestyle may increase your risk of heart attack as much as smoking does. It’s as simple as standing instead of sitting as much as possible.

I always stress the importance of understanding the challenges that the “Technology Era” puts on our overall health.  In matter of fact, I am such a big fan of “moving” like a “hunter-gatherer” that I am actually STANDING as I am typing up this post.  Quite simply, we need to move daily, and hopefully that everyday movement will turn into a “safe and effective” exercise regimen!

#3:  Sleep at least 8 hours per day. Chronic sleep deprivation has devastating effects on your heart. It is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Most people underestimate the value of a “high quality” sleep regimen.  The truth of the matter is that you can’t get away from the degenerative process to the human body if you don’t allow the body to heal/recover/recuperate while sleeping!  And obviously, a good nights sleep is absolutely free!

#4:  In addition, enjoy life. Discover what brings you joy and satisfaction. Your mental and emotional state influence heart health just as your genetic makeup and lifestyle habits can.

See the entire article HERE.

Clearly it must be noted that we are much more than just “physical” beings.  If you don’t prioritize your “mental” and “emotional” health now, you will be greatly reducing your cardiovascular health in the future!

I can’t stress enough how important it is to prioritize a healthy lifestyle.  There has been FAR TOO MUCH misinformation regarding the role of genetics on our health.

My major concern with this approach to “health care” is that takes the responsibility of “our” health and puts it in the hands of those producing the DRUGS and doing the PROCEDURES.

I don’t buy it and you shouldn’t either.

When it comes to degenerative and chronic health problems, the “truth is in the pudding,” and in 3/4 of all cases, we are the responsible party.  Yes, these diseases can be prevented, but you need to have a proper nutrition regimen, an safe and effective exercise regimen and a healthy lifestyle.

It isn’t really that difficult, but there is work to be done…

At “The Get Healthy Club” we work hard to create an environment for the human body to attain optimal health.

If you would like to know how to eat, exercise and even live to increase the quality and quantity of your life.  Please let me know!

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Advertisers Know What They Are Doing! Have You Been “Punked”?

Posted:  October 16, 2012

THE NEWS

It isn’t any surprise that there are literally trillions of dollars spent on advertising and marketing every year.  And, in most cases, you know that these advertised items are “crap” and “junk” that not only will NOT benefit your life, but in most cases will probably destroy your health!

But, let me ask you this…

Have you somehow bought into the hype?  I mean, you know what a “Soap Opera” is right?  IT IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SELL YOU SOAP!  Here is an excellent link on some products that may have made their way into your home… but did they find their way in your home because of the deception of a commercial?

MY TWO CENTS

Let’s be honest here… these marketers are just plain genius!

They play on all of the heart strings, let alone our tendency to want to “self medicate.”

They realize that we tend to be misled by anything that guarantees or promote “instant gratification.”

They know that if they “hammer” their “message” home enough that even if we don’t interact with the advertisement that they are getting the opportunity to “encode” their “sales pitch” on our brain.

And then in a moment of weakness… BANG!  They have us!

People watch dozens and dozens of hours of television a week.  They spend hours upon hours on the internet.  And now, they spend an amazing amount of time on their “smart” phone.

But really… how “smart” are we?

This being bombarded by “ads” and “promotions” is beginning to define who we are!

Think about it… what choices in your life are being dictated by real research vs. a “30 second spot” on your favorite television show?

The mass media is only massive because of their sponsors, and most assuredly NOT because of their being special or even brilliant in any “shape or form.”

So, please take a look at this link:  Spoof Ads

And, ask yourself this question:  How much of my life is being impacted by advertising?

If it is clear that you nutritional regimen, and possibly even your life has been greatly impacted by advertisers selling you “crap” for their gain, “The Get Healthy Club” might be the answer.

We have a low cost answer right HERE!

If you are here, you are already ahead of the curve when it comes to beating obesity for yourself or for your children.  Excellent work!

Look, clearly I am all about proper nutrition, proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle.  Let’s get real and NOT have our lives influenced by those who don’t care!

As someone who promotes proactive health care solutions, you can see, I CARE!

  • THE HEALTHY OMNIVORE-Attaining optimal health with real food, proper movement and an improved lifestyle!
  • THE GET HEALTHY HUB-Proactive health care with proper nutrition, proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle!
  • THE GET HEALTHY CLUB-Improve the quality and quantity of your life with your very own nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach!

My passion in life is helping people attain optimal health via implementing a lifestyle of proper nutrition and exercise into their everyday lives.

Makes sense right?  Not sexy, but it makes sense, right?

Well, my passion is exactly what the article above is all about.

WE DO have the ability to be healthy.  In most cases, the quality of our health is a “nurture” problem and not a “nature” problem.

It is odd, more and more studies are coming out to show this very fact, but more and more people want to put the blame on “bad” genetics.  It is truly unfortunate!

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Childhood Obesity: Who Is Responsible?

Posted:  September 16, 2012

THE NEWS

When it comes to health, obesity seems to always be in the news.  Unfortunately, childhood obesity is taking the world by storm and it looks to leave very few survivors in it’s wake (okay, that was a little too dramatic… sorry!).  Here is an excellent article that discusses the childhood obesity statistics and who is responsible.

MY TWO CENTS

Unfortunately, everybody has been playing a part in the rise of childhood obesity.

This list is long:  parents, the children themselves, schools, food companies, advertising agencies, marketing companies, the media AND the government.

Just like the challenges that you and I have with what is best for optimal health, parents and their children are “bombarded” with all sorts of MASS information and MIS-information.

So, as I have been encouraging everyone to do in the past.  We ALL need to take personal responsibility as childhood obesity has already reached PANDEMIC proportions.

Are you prioritizing these things?

  • Proper Nutrition
  • Proper Exercise
  • Healthy Lifestyle

If you are, any type of obesity should NEVER be a challenge.

Have some concerns on what proper nutrition, proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle are all about?  We have a low cost answer right HERE!

If you are here, you are already ahead of the curve when it comes to beating obesity for yourself or for your children.  Excellent work!

You can read the entire childhood obesity article HERE.

Look, clearly I am all about proper nutrition, proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

And obviously, you can see this by visiting any one of my websites.

  • THE HEALTHY OMNIVORE-Attaining optimal health with real food, proper movement and an improved lifestyle!
  • THE GET HEALTHY HUB-Proactive health care with proper nutrition, proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle!
  • THE GET HEALTHY CLUB-Improve the quality and quantity of your life with your very own nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach!

My passion in life is helping people attain optimal health via implementing a lifestyle of proper nutrition and exercise into their everyday lives.

Makes sense right?  Not sexy, but it makes sense, right?

Well, my passion is exactly what the article above is all about.

WE DO have the ability to be healthy.  In most cases, the quality of our health is a “nurture” problem and not a “nature” problem.

It is odd, more and more studies are coming out to show this very fact, but more and more people want to put the blame on “bad” genetics.  It is truly unfortunate!

Have any thoughts?  Leave them below.

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Another Study Shows The Unbelievable Impact On Your Health Of A Healthy Lifestyle!

Posted:  September 12, 2012

THE NEWS

When it comes to your health, proper nutrition and exercise are the only way to go.  Here is another study that shows the benefit of a healthy lifestyle not only on your overall health, but also preventing cancer:  “Exercise, good nutrition play a crucial role in maintaining health and fighting disease

MY TWO CENTS

Look, clearly I am all about proper nutrition, proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

And obviously, you can see this by visiting any one of my websites.

  • THE HEALTHY OMNIVORE-Attaining optimal health with real food, proper movement and an improved lifestyle!
  • THE GET HEALTHY HUB-Proactive health care with proper nutrition, proper exercise and a healthy lifestyle!
  • THE GET HEALTHY CLUB-Improve the quality and quantity of your life with your very own nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach!

My passion in life is helping people attain optimal health via implementing a lifestyle of proper nutrition and exercise into their everyday lives.

Makes sense right?  Not sexy, but it makes sense, right?

Well, my passion is exactly what the article above is all about.

WE DO have the ability to be healthy.  In most cases, the quality of our health is a “nurture” problem and not a “nature” problem.

It is odd, more and more studies are coming out to show this very fact, but more and more people want to put the blame on “bad” genetics.  It is truly unfortunate!

And worse yet, once we destroy our health with poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle, we demand that it be “treated” with drugs and procedures.

Isn’t it time that we took responsibility for our own health?  Quit pointing fingers?  Stopped putting the blame on others?  I believe so!

The same poor lifestyle choices that destroyed your health can be changed and in most cases you can reverse the damage you have created.  But, it all starts with you!

So, please take a look at the article above and truly begin thinking about the impact on your life proper nutrition and proper exercise can have on your life.

Side Note:  Please do NOT get side tracked by the “fat phobic” comments in the article.  As there is no differentiation in the article of “low quality” fats vs. “high quality” fats.  What you need to know is that in SAD (the Standard American Diet) we consume far too many “unhealthy” (altered, rancid, oxidized, “cheap”, Trans-Fat, etc.) fats.  Plus, what is best for you and what is best for a rat are completely different.  You need a diet that is individualize and based on your genetic and environmental make up.  A nutritional regimen of high quality fats is imperative for improved health.

Okay, so there you have it.  What do you think?  Are you giving proper nutrition and exercise the priority they deserve in your everyday life?

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What Does The Latest Stanford Research REALLY Say About Organic Foods?

Posted:  September 5, 2012

THE NEWS

Okay, did you see it?   It created quite a buzz amongst the Mainstream Media:  “Little Evidence Of Health Benefit From Organic Foods

MY TWO CENTS

You know, I just hate when the Headline of an article is written primarily to draw the reader’s attention BUT has little to do with the article.  And, this is another case in point!

This Stanford article is just wrong on so many levels.  First of all, it isn’t a study.  All they did was go back and look at “past” studies and give another synopsis.

Unfortunately, this same literature has been reviewed before with a completely different take.

If you get past the title of the article, which is horrible, you will actually find that there is plenty to like about Organic Foods!

But, here are my thoughts on what you should take from this “new” look at “old” studies.

1.  If you consume organic foods vs. conventional foods you will be consuming less pesticides.

2.  If you consume organic foods vs. conventional foods you will not be consuming foods that have antibiotic resistant strains and genetically modified growth hormones (rBGH) in them.

3.  If you consume organic foods vs. conventional foods you will be improving the environment and not destroying it.

4.  If you consume organic foods vs. conventional foods you will be supporting farmers that are making an effort to do “it” right.

5.  If you consume organic foods vs. conventional foods you will be consuming foods that are more nutrient dense.

Look, this article didn’t even mention that conventionally farmed foods are allowed to be Genetically Modified (this should scare you) AND have Artificial Sweeteners in them.

Plus, I didn’t even mention the taste discrepancy…

Here are a couple articles posted by “The Healthy Omnivore” in the past concerning organic foods:

Okay, that is my take, so here are a couple other articles that also speak to this very important issue.  Enjoy!

1.  Michael Pollan, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”

Michael Pollan Responds To Study

JON BROOKS: Let’s say you’re a consumer standing there at your grocery store and you have a choice between an organically grown piece of produce grown far away and a conventionally grown piece grown locally. All things considered, which is the best choice?

MICHAEL POLLAN: It depends on your values. If you’re concerned about nutritional value and taste, you might find that the local food, which is more likely to have been picked when it was ripe, is better. Because any food that’s traveled a few days to get to you or been refrigerated for a long time is going to have diminished nutritional value. That argues for fresh being more important than organic.

But if you’re concerned about pesticides – let’s say you’re pregnant or have young kids you’re feeding – than you might choose organic, because it will have on balance fewer pesticide residues. You may also be concerned with the welfare of the people picking and the farmers growing your produce, or you may be concerned about soil health — that would argue for organic too.

I tend to favor local food, whether it’s certified organic or not. Most of the local food available to us in the Bay Area, though, tends to be grown organically, even if it’s not certified. So it is possible to have it both ways. If you’re shopping at your farmer’s market, you’re getting food that’s very fresh, probably very nutritious, and probably grown without synthetic pesticides.

2.  Mike Adams, The Health Ranger

Flawed Organic Foods Study

A total Psyop to confuse the public and push GMO’s

Ultimately, this study comes down to being a total Psyop pushed by the mainstream media for the purpose of confusing the public and ultimately promoting GMO’s.

3.  Alliance For Natural Health

New Junk Science Study Dismisses Nutritional Value of Organic Foods

What the Stanford study didn’t mention is that by definition, organic foods cannot contain GMOs, so they are far healthier than conventional foods. Even though the biotech industry keeps saying GMO is “safe” and equal to non-GMO crops, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Organic farming is also healthier for the environment because it does not employ large-scale factory farming conditions (not to mention being more humane toward the animals being raised for meat).

Charles Benbrook, PhD, a professor of agriculture at Washington State University and former chief scientist at The Organic Center who reviewed the Stanford study and most of the underlying literature, found the study misleading. He noted that several well-designed US studies show that organic crops have higher concentrations of antioxidants and vitamins than conventional crops. For crops like apples, strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, milk, carrots, and grains, organic produce has 10 to 30 percent higher levels of several nutrients, including vitamin C, antioxidants and phenolic acids in most studies.

As the Environmental Working Group notes, the Stanford study also contradicts the findings of what many consider the most definitive analysis in the scientific literature of the nutrient content of organic versus conventional food. In that 2011 study, a team led by Dr. Kirsten Brandt of the Human Nutrition Research Center of Newcastle University in the UK analyzed most of the same research and concluded that organic crops had approximately 12 to 16 percent more nutrients than conventional crops.

So, are you staying with “organic” or are you going “conventional”?  I hope that this little post made it clear that purchasing organic foods is more than worth small extra cost.
Remember, it isn’t just better for your health… it is better for your children, “your” local economy, our environment, our planet, and the animals.
It is just plain better for our future!
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Does McDonalds Really Care About Your Health?

Posted:  September 4, 2012

THE NEWS

I recently came a across an article entitled:  “McDonald’s Opens Vegetarian Only Restaurant” and I wanted to give you my two cents.

MY TWO CENTS

Look, McDonald’s is not going to do anything that isn’t going to create a profit, so putting a vegetarian friendly menu in a vegetarian culture isn’t exactly brain surgery.

In matter of fact, it just makes good business sense.

I do have some concerns though…

What will the quality of these foods be?

Are the cooking oils going to be of high quality?

Will they steer clear of Genetically Modified Foods?

In the short run, I can see this making all types of sense.  But, in the long run, will they have to use low quality foods to meet their profit margin estimates?

If so, once again, like I have said before… “FAST” and “CHEAP” should never go together with “FOOD.”

When “FAST” and “CHEAP” meet “FOOD” we have health issues!  Every time!

Have questions or comments?  I would love to hear them.

 

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