Our genes load the gun, our lifestyle pulls the trigger

Treat your health like a job because your life depends on it- Anonymous

The true cost of an unhealthy lifestyle or little exercise, poor diet and smoking has been quantified by scientists who found that it can reduce lifespan by 23 years. People who develop largely preventable conditions like heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes are cutting their life short by decades, a 50 year study has shown.

It is estimated that around 80 per cent of cases could be prevented by keeping weight under control, exercising more, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking or drinking too much.

For a man in his 40s, suffering from all three conditions reduces life by 23 years. It means that a 40-year-old’s life expectancy would drop from 78 to just 55. Likewise someone in their 60s could lose 15 years, meaning a 60-year-old man might have just three years of life left.

The cost is far greater than smoking, which is thought to limit lifespan by 10 years.

“We showed that having a combination of diabetes and heart disease is associated with a substantially lower life expectancy,” says Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge
“An individual in their sixties who has both conditions has an average reduction in life expectancy of about 15 years.”

The researchers analyzed data from 700,000 people who were recruited for Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration (ERFC) cohort between 1960 and 2007 and 500,000 participants fro, the UK Biobank who were recruited between 2006 and 2010.

From the 1.2 million people studied, 135,000 died during the research period.

The study authors used the information to estimate reductions in life expectancy associated with different conditions including diabetes, stroke, heart attack and other diseases.

Around 134,000 cancers each year are the result of a poor lifestyle, Cancer Research UK has found.

Unhealthy lifestyles includes: Smoking, not eating right and eating lot of junk food, drug and alcohol abuse, not or little exercise, snacking when not hungry, irregular sleep habits and not sleeping enough, skipping breakfast, too much sitting, too much TV watching, unhealthy relationships, negative talking, staying annoyed all the time.

One of our most important assets is our health. If we don’t feel well, we can’t do well. How can you expect to get the absolute most out of life if your energy levels are below average, carrying around excess fat, and feeling like complete crap? You can’t! Looking good is just a benefit. It is so much deeper than simply reaping the exterior rewards. The true benefit is what happens within us when we give our bodies the attention they need.

These days its easy to get your body loaded with chemicals by not paying attention to what we are throwing inside ourselves. If you look around, you’ll see a ton of eating options that are unhealthy and how easily we toss them in our body. Then we cover ourselves with chemical filled clothes and fill our houses with all kind of chemically made products. Without even knowing, we create a heap of chemicals in and around us. That’s kind of scary.

We live in our body and we cannot take it for granted.

Almost 300 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and are often present in non-organic food. Farmers are now using pesticides and chemicals as security to meet the production targets. They are constantly planting the same crop in the same field year after year. We are now living in a world where the foods, fruits, vegetables and grains raised no longer contain enough of certain needed minerals, like magnesium for example. We are depleting the soil, which means it is now almost impossible to be nutrient sufficient.

Eat organic and wear organic. Chemically treated clothes can put your health at risk too as chemicals get absorbed through skin and while we breathe.

“Eat the Rainbow” Ideally, your diet should include 5-7 different colored vegetables and fruits in a day. In addition, 50% of the fruits and vegetables you do eat should be raw as raw foods have the most nutrients. Many people are concerned about eating enough protein, but vegetables and fruits that you should be more concerned with.

Genetic Disposition: “Our genes load the gun, our lifestyle pulls the trigger.” You might have a history of heart disease or cancer in your family, but your lifestyle is what enables that disease to come forward. By eating healthfully, you can prevent any of these predisposed issues to ever arise.

The Human Microbiome: There is a lot of research being done right now about the Microbiome and how 70% of the immune system resides in your gut.  If your gut bacteria is out of balance in any way, this can cause lots of health problems. Make sure you are taking a probiotic, especially after being on antibiotics which decimate all the bacteria in your gut.

Good Health is the greatest blessing of life. Life is a weary burden to a person of broken health. The richest man with bad health always suffers and groans. He is unhappy despite his great wealth.

People would say, in this busy life, we don’t have time. Well, it’s a tradeoff. In exchange for feeling better, having fewer medical problems, and living longer. The tradeoff is that you have to sacrifice a certain amount of time and recreational indulgencies.

Another excuse might be, we cannot motivate our brain enough to exercise. I would say: declare a war on that part of brain that produces creative excuses for not exercising and that it must be a lifetime war.

The sedentary gang like to argue that even if you exercise religiously, you could still catch a bad break and dye young. And they are right. But you must see the odds. I would say, odd are in favor of more exercise than less.

Stack the odds in your favor. Exercise moderately to continue it as a lifelong routine. Fanaticism leads to quitting while moderation gives the best chances of exercising through out life





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