The connection between good nutrition and long term health is beyond dispute and backed by a wealth of scientific evidence.What we eat and how we eat effects our health on the long term.
Our diet fails in supplying the essential nutrients we need for optimum health. We have put good nutrition on the back burner and as a result our diet fails to provide even the minimum levels of nutrients that we need for long term health.
Only 9% of people consume the five daily servings of fresh fruit and vegetables recommended by the National Cancer Institute, that is required each day for optimal health. We are not even getting the minimum of RDA levels of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. The RDA levels were designed in the early 1920’s and 1930’s as minimum requirements of TEN essential nutrients to protect against acute deficiency diseases,like Scurvy (deficiency of vit.C), Rickets (deficiency of vit.D) and Pellagra(deficiency of niacin).The RDA’s did a good job to eliminate Scurvy and Rickets, but consuming the RDA’s will not even come close to helping prevent a degenerative disease and our EPIDEMIC health stats prove that.
Healthy living means:keeping a balanced healthy diet (five fresh fruits and vegetables daily),avoiding smoking,excessive use of alcohol and toxic chemicals,supplementing our diet with high quality nutritionals:
multiminerals,antioxidants and fiber and taking exercise at least 3 times per week for 30 minutes.
The glycemic index (GI) is a scale from 1 to 100 that measures how quickly carbohydrate foods are broken down into glucose. The original purpose for the glycemic index was to help diabetics keep their blood sugar under control. The glycemic index has recently attracted a lot of attention in the bodybuilding, fitness and weight loss world and has even become the central theme in numerous best-selling diet books as a method to choose the foods that are best for losing weight.
According to advocates of the glycemic index system, foods that are high on the GI scale such as rice cakes, carrots, potatoes, watermelon or grape juice are “unfavorable” and should be avoided because high GI foods are absorbed quickly, raise blood sugar rapidly and are therefore more likely to convert to fat or cause health problems.
Our modern lifestyle is characterized by degenerative diseases,like stroke,cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis etc.
96% of the US population dies of a degenerative disease,over 65% of American adults are overweight or obese (20%-25% of children).
Most people simply accept the onset of arthritis, heart disease and diabetes as inevitable results of the aging process — the truth is, these conditions are largely preventable.
The cause of all this is the build-up of free-radicals,which are caused by smoking,stress,lack of exercise,bad nutrition,pollution in air & water,radiation from he sun and soil depletion. To combat these free radicals our body needs a large intake of antioxidants. If there are not enough antioxidants available to neutralize the free radicals, “oxidative stress” will occur. It’s a process by which the oxygen our body use, cause the body to rust like metal does. It’s the cause of all degenerative diseases and even the aging process.
We can get antioxidants out of fruits,vegetables and nuts. However, it is unpractical and almost impossible to get the required amount of antioxidants out of our diet alone. The nutritional value of our fruits and vegetables has enormously declined in the past 50 years,caused by soil depletion.
Until the 1940’s,farmers used to practice crop rotation and returned essential nutrients back into the soil by mulching,manuring and churning.
Because of growing population and industrialization it was no longer possible to grow crops that way. So the farmer use large farms and make use of artificial fertilizers. But crops can’t make their natural insect repellents with artificial fertilizers,so the farmer has to use chemical pesticides, which are sprayed on the crop and fruits and when we consume those fruits and veges,those chemical pesticides accumulates in our body and causes diseases.
Most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies, which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our food come,are brought into proper mineral balance.The alarming fact is that fruits and vegetables now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals, are starving us, no matter how much we eat.In other words, we cannot get the necessary nutrients out of our food.
So in order to get a sufficient amount of antioxidants we have to supplement our diet with high quality nutritional supplements.
It has been scientifically proven that there are substantial health benefits in taking nutritional supplements. Additionally, hundreds of scientific studies have proved that nutritional supplements can significantly reduce the risk of degenerative diseases and the American Medical Association (AMA) now encourages all adults to supplement daily with a multiple vitamin.
Based on a landmark review of 38 years of scientific evidence by Harvard researchers, Dr. Robert Fletcher and Dr. Kathleen Fairfield, from the conservative Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has rewritten its policy guidelines regarding the use of vitamin supplements.
In a striking departure from its previous anti-vitamin rhetoric, JAMA (June 19,2002)now recommends that given our nutrient-poor modern diet, supplementation each day with a multiple vitamin is a prudent preventive measure against chronic disease.
The JAMA declaration also highlights a growing concern among nutrition experts that the current recommended intakes for vitamins and minerals are too low.
Dr. Robert Fletcher, co-author of the groundbreaking JAMA studies, states: “All of us grew up believing that if we ate a reasonable diet, that would take care of our vitamin needs. But the new evidence, much of it in the last couple of years, is that vitamins also prevent the usual diseases we deal with everyday – heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and birth defects”.
While science and technology have increased our lifespan dramatically over the past few centuries, they have failed to secure for us the holy grain of long-term health. Using the words of Dr Myron Wentz, founder of USANA Health Sciences: “We are living too short and dying too long”.
Background on Dr Ray Strand
Ray D. Strand, M.D. is quickly becoming one of the world’s leading authorities in Nutritional Medicine. Dr. Strand is an international speaker and consultant on health and preventive medicine, as well as the author of many books and several websites on health and nutrition.
A graduate of the University of Colorado Medical School, Dr. Strand has been in private family practice for over 30 years.
His books and websites are the culmination of many years of dedication to the emerging field of Nutritional Medicine.
Why Dr. Strand recommend USANA Products.
“I personally believe USANA Health Sciences has developed and produced the most complete and balanced nutritional products on the market today. In fact, all the clinical case study results documented in my new book, ‘What Your Doctor doesn’t know about Nutritional Medicine may be killing you’, were achieved by using products developed and manufactured by USANA”.
“Based on Dr. Myron Wentz’s knowledge of human cell culture technology,USANA has developed the most impressive science-based products available. USANA strictly follows pharmaceutical-grade Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)”.
“This means they not only purchase pharmaceutical-grade raw products, but also manufacture the products according to tough pharmaceutical-quality guidelines.
In addition, USANA Health Sciences follows United States Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines for potency,uniformity and dissolution of the tablet”.
“In a nutshell, USANA manufactures their products to the strict standards of over-the-counter drugs, even though not required to do so-assuring all of their customers and associates that what is on the label is actually in the tablet. I am also duly impressed (as the physician should be) that USANA is one of the only nutritional supplements listed in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR)”.
“USANA’s ‘ Essentials’ are complete and balanced and provide the cellular nutrition that I strongly recommend in my books.
This improves compliance and makes taking these advanced levels of nutritional supplements easier”.
It is crucial to protect your health with high- quality supplements, which are complete and balanced,if you want to be assured of getting any significant results.
Look at nutritional supplements as your health insurance. Once you have lost it,it is very difficult to regain your health, no matter how much money you are willing and be able to spend.
Supplements provide a convenient and effective means of achieving good nutrition every day for a lifetime. Chronic degenerative diseases are not diseases of old age. Heart disease starts at childhood. It appears prudent for all children and adults to take vitamin supplements.
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