Don't Let Obesity Control Your Life
Heart attack rates and self-induced diabetes from poor diet and lack of exercise are two major health issues in our society today. Bad food choices and too much time on the couch are to blame. Our food choices affect everything we do. They affect our energy levels, strength levels, sleep patterns, and quality of life. Without continuous nutritious foods our bodies will come across an array of life threatening problems.
What Can Cause a Heart Attack, Diabetes, and Stroke?
- Family History of Heart Attack: People are at higher risk of having a heart attack if they have family members that have had a heart attack.
- High Cholesterol: Narrows and hardens the arteries from which the blood vessels carry blood to the heart and throughout the entire body. It also raises Triglycerides, which is another type of blood fat. High cholesterol may lead to blood clots as well.
- Smoking: narrows blood cells and doubles the chance of heart disease.
- High Blood Pressure or Hypertension: This is where the heart has to work harder to pump blood causing strain to be put on the heart, and damages blood vessels.
- Obesity: Obesity is when the body is above the normal weight range. Often body fat is measured through the BMI measurement scale. This is a combination of age, weight, and height that can quickly tell people where they fall. The BMI does not take into consideration muscle mass, but is a good indication for non-active individuals. To fall in the obesity category an individual must be at least 30% body fat or greater. Being obese can cause heart disease, diabetes, poor bone health, and sub-par cardiovascular functionality.
Ways to Decrease The Chances of a Having a Heart Attack
- Heart Healthy Diet: 12-14 grams of fiber per day – there are many great sources of fiber. This list includes whole grain breads, oatmeal, beans, fruits and vegetables. Reduce saturated fats found in proteins, dairy products, and some butters, lard and oils. Also limit and/or reduce Trans fats found in things like cookies, crackers, fried foods, and salad dressings. Maintaining a lifestyle of eating a heart healthy diet is great for everyone. Lower Sodium intake and stay away from processed or packaged foods.
- Exercise Regularly: The idea is to exercise for an hour three times per week, but there are also other simple ways to increase exercise. For instance; park the car farther from the door while shopping and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Taking little steps to increasing exercise is a great way to start.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight: This can be done through diet and exercise. Often people that are extremely overweight want nothing to do with exercise, but this is the last thing they should be doing. Getting involved in exercise has many benefits. Increased heart rate and blood circulation will help the body to circulate nutrients as well as help those "feel good" hormones to start being released again. Exercise has major impact on the way your body released hormones. These hormones make you feel good and can lead to motivation to keep chasing your weight loss goals. Someone that is overweight should also work heavily on his or her food choices. You simply can't out train a bad diet. So no matter how much exercise you are doing, you will never be able to get rid of the weight with continuous bad food choices. To lose weight you must figure out how many calories you are supposed to eat to lose weight and find the foods you like to eat that fit the script. It is relatively easy. The key is to find foods that are healthy and you actually like to eat. Eating foods that you hate will only end in disaster.
- Quit smoking
- May need to take an aspirin per day if your Dr. says it is safe for you.
Poor Eating Habits Can Even Lead to Type 2 Diabetes
Type II Diabetes is where there is something causing insulin to be unable to enter cells. A lot of times this is caused by obesity, a diet consumed mainly by fat, and the lack of exercise. Obesity increases a person’s chance of developing Type II diabetes by 3. For many people who have developed Adult Onset Diabetes they are able to control their blood sugars by changing their lifestyle of poor food choices to healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine. For those who choose not to live life eating a healthy diet and exercising most likely have to go on medication or insulin injections to help control their blood sugar levels. It has become obvious in all the health issues that people experience today that the way people eat and the foods people consume are directly related. It is no secret that Americans in general consume too much cholesterol, fat and other food items that are bad for them. These choices are directly related to diabetes, heart attacks and other health problems. Glucose levels are directly related to food and exercise. Regular physical activity and a balanced healthy diet help lower and stabilize blood sugars resulting in a lower chance of Adult Onset Diabetes.
Vegan Diets and How They Have Been Known To Reverse Health Problems
A vegan diet is where all animal ingredients are removed. Vegas do not eat dairy, eggs or meat. Some of them do not eat honey. A vegan diet consists of beans, fruits, vegetables and grains. There are a variety of health issues that a vegan diet are known to decrease or reverse. Fibromyalgia is when an individual removes meats and saturated fats from their diets, which helps relieve pain and stress put on the body. A vegan diet can also help with heart disease. A vegan diet is lower in saturated fats and helps keep the heart from stress overload. Vegans replace the foods that cause heart stress with things like soy. Vegan diets also help people that have big weight problems. Obese individuals that begin eating fruits, vegetables, grains and beans are consuming a healthy diet, which will lead to an ideal weight.
Living a lifestyle of eating poorly and not exercising is unhealthy and dangerous, but eating a heart healthy diet and exercising regularly will improve a person’s quality of life. Regular exercise and eating healthy helps a person feel better, look better and is great for reducing and preventing health issues. Vegan diets are not exactly the answer, but what they should show all of us is that our bodies respond to natural foods. We are made to digest and use every nutrient out of natural foods. Foods that we have processed or made in a lab are only tougher on our bodies leading to many health issues. Choose natural healthy foods and lean meats and your body will appreciate the change.