Take these actions everyday for 3 months to drastically improve your health
If we want to “Make America Great Again” then universal health care is just one starting point. Did you know that out of the 33 countries in the world that are labeled as developed that the United States of America is the only one that does not have universal health care. Literally, the only one (https://www.thebalance.com/universal-health-care-4156211). Universal healthcare would absolutely make a difference and it is not the panacea that cures all of our ills.
Truly, I am all for universal healthcare and most of the disease, health conditions, medical issues, etc. that we have are lifestyle-based. In other words we cause a large chunk of our health issues. Smoking is univerally known to be equated with so many different diseases and health issues that there is no need to put a link in this article that backs up these claims. Red meat consumption, sugar consumption, lack of fruit and vegetables and working long hours are also all equated with a number of diseases and health issues. While having health care can help you manage these diseases and live longer with your disease, health condition or medical issue, health care is not setup to have you eliminate the presence of these diseases nor prevent these diseases. I do believe that healthcare is great when an unexpected situation happens like someone falling on your ankle and causing it to fracture or getting into a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver.
For unexpected accidents that were out of your control, universal health care is amazing and necessary. We shouldn’t have medical debt because of unexpected life events that caused us to need medical care and still, many of the diseases, medical conditions and/or health issues that are prevalent in society are caused by lifestyle — more specifically poor diet and poor lifestyle choices that can be prevented. To truly “Make America Great Again” we need universal health care for unexpected accidents and we also need to be responsible for our health and well-being.
I have worked with a lot of people who have done a lot of damage to their bodies and helped eliminate the presence of their health issues so they can be fully engaged with the things that matter to them. During my 6 to 12 month health coaching programs I have helped clients recover from and completely reverse major organ failure, helped clients that have suffered major bone injuries get back to the activities that they love, I have helped my clients completely eliminated autoimmune disorders and sexually transmitted diseases and more health issues solely through implementing diet and lifestyle changes (a whole foods, plant-based diet, targeted strengthening exercises, aerobic exercise, etc.) and am so clear that just about every disease, health condition and medical issue can be reversed through diet.
I am not big on tips and tricks and here are 7 things that you can do right now to drastically improve your health in 3 months or less:
Stop smoking — Research has shown that people who stop smoking see large increases in lung functioning, heart functioning, improvements in blood pressure and have a significantly lower risk of getting a heart attack in anywhere from 24 hours to 1 year after they quit smoking (https://www.healthline.com/health/what-happens-when-you-quit-smoking#three-years).
Eat fruits and vegetables at every meal — Even one carrot and a half an apple per meal make a huge difference as fruit and vegetables are high in fiber, which helps your body flush out toxins (Our body is constantly producing toxins and we encounter a lot of environmental toxins on a daily basis as well). Fruit and vegetables are also high in antioxidants which are compounds that are found in food that help to counteract the effects of cell damage (https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/antioxidants-your-immune-system-super-foods-optimal-health)
Reduce (or eliminate) your meat consumption — Whether you like it or not meat consumption has been equated to heart disease and cancer. Even “white meat” such as chicken is high in cholesterol (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=39&v=RjNcvDxCvFk)
Get 20 minutes a day of aerobic exercise at least five times a week — There is a belief that the only ways to get benefits from exercise are to push yourself and push yourself hard, a.k.a. no pain, no gain. I am calling total BS on this and this study proves it (http://thinkhealth.priorityhealth.com/health-benefits-of-walking-20-minutes-a-day-makes-a-difference/). Pushing yourself hard is great if and only if your body is trained for this, when I say trained for this I don’t mean that you used to be able to run 5 miles in 45 minutes so I am going to jump on the treadmill and run 5 miles in 45 minutes today eventhough I haven’t run in 6 months. This causes injuries because the body has not yet acclimated to high level activity and needs to build up enough strength to actually be able to handle high levels of stress (physical activity causes stress because you are causing small muscle tears every time that you exercise, if the body is trained then it can handle the small muscle tears and repair them, if it is not then small muscles tears can quickly turn into large muscle tears and sideline you for weeks or months). Starting slow and building up, is the most effective way for you to exercise or you can also start slow and stay there because walking 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week makes a huge difference in your health as evidenced by the above study.
Stop working so damn much — Work hard and you will succeed is the American way, it’s all that we know and hard work is what makes Americans who we are. Umm, maybe… Numerous health issues have been equated with working long hours and one of my clients literally almost worked themselves to death. (https://www.inc.com/tom-popomaronis/science-says-you-shouldnt-work-more-than-this-number-of-hours-a-day.html).
Eliminate dairy from your diet — Are you freaking nuts? This may sound insane as milk, cheese and yogurt taste so good and dairy products are mucus forming, can cause bloating and gas, and have been shown to be inflammation causing (https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/no-dairy-diet#3). I know hundreds of people who have given up dairy and have experienced amazing health benefits when they did including experiencing fewer allergic reactions, being able to breathe with greater ease and a reduction in mucous. As the above article says, calcium can be gotten from so many forms of fruits and vegetables hence as I mentioned in point 2, eat fruit and vegetables at every meal and you won’t have any issues with getting enough calcium
Reduce your sugar consumption — After a rough day what do most people want more than anything else? A sweet treat! Sugar! Cookies, ice cream, chocolate, etc. I get it sugar brings up feelings of elation, it brings us back to childhood when our parents got us a treat for doing so well in school or succeeding at something that we worked hard on. I believe in rewarding ourselves and sugar is not the way to do it. Sugar has been linked with a number of health issues, diseases and medical conditions (https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/features/how-sugar-affects-your-body). I’m not perfect and I do consume sugar at times and we all need to reduce our sugar consumption for our health.
I promise you that if you practice these 7 things everyday for the next 3 months that you will see massive improvements in your health. If you have a medical condition or health issue that is impacting your day to day life you may even see some of the symptoms of your health issue reduced by takign these things on. If you would like support in taking these 7 items on or have a medical condition or health issue that stops you from doing the things that you love then you should give me a buzz or send me an email as we can work together and get you back to doing what you love in anywhere from 6 to 12 months.