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  • Writer's pictureMark Derryberry

What in the HEALTH!?

Over the last 30 to 40 years we have seen a steady decline in the average health in the human population. More people today are obese, have an auto immune deficiency or some type of chronic disease. We can attribute this degradation in health to the evolution of poor lifestyle habits and the decline of quality food options. More people today are practicing a sedentary lifestyle than ever before, and the food industry has literally industrialized our food choices. The combination of these two have brought on the gradual decline of our average health that we are plagued with today.

The good news is that it does not have to be this way for any of us and we can change the course we are on. The solution, although simple, is really all it takes to reverse or eliminate the continued threat that we are faced with.

The first thing we can all do is drink plenty of water and significantly reduce or eliminate beverages with artificial ingredients, including dyes. If you'd like something with a little flavor and kick, tea and coffee are excellent options in addition to your water intake. Generally, men should make it a goal to consume 3 to 4 liters of water a day, while women should make it a goal to consume 2 to 3 liters of water a day. There are several factors that may vary your water intake needs. Activities that include physical labor such as cycling or strength training, which cause you to perspire, will increase your bodies hydration requirements.

The second thing we can do is choose foods that are in their original state and significantly reduce or eliminate ALL processed foods that have a label containing ANY ingredients that are man-made. The majority of food "products" being offered today are full of artificial ingredients and preservatives that should not be allowed for human consumption. Try making the produce section of your grocery store your first choice, followed by healthy fats and lean proteins. Do some research on "Plant Based Diet". This is not a fad diet, it's just a simple way to eat that makes produce a priority but does include the flexibility to have dairy, meat and fish, in most cases.

The third thing we can do is go outside and exercise. If you are not currently active, you can start by going on walks around your neighborhood, then work up to performing light jogs. We can also choose to participate in any other form of outdoor recreational activities, like cycling, rowing or whatever makes you happy. Just get outside and put your body in motion. Exposing ourselves to the sun and air is how we evolved as human beings, and it is part of our biology, yet we are doing it less and less. Being outside provides several benefits including natural vitamin D production, which aids with immune function, athletic performance and bone density.

Making you and your family's health a priority is the single best thing you can do with your time here.


- Mark


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