Nutritional Advocate Series

Other Nutritional Factors physical barriers to health • Genetics

Genes affect the chances of having several common illnesses, like heart disease, asthma, neurological conditions, diabetes, along with hundreds of other conditions. If genetically you are more susceptible to illness or disorders you stand the best chance of prolonging and reducing the risk of gene related conditions by focusing on a healthy emotional status, proper nutrition, diet, lowering stress levels, and regular activity and exercise. • Past Injuries Past injuries can restrict our activity and mobility. They may also lower self-esteem and social status creating emotional and physical barriers. • Injured Metabolism Yo-yo dieting, fade extremes to lose weight, and sugar are antagonist to the metabolism. Yearly diets to quickly lose weight injure your metabolism. Making it harder and harder to not only lose weight but to keep it off. Restoring a metabolism is a slow process. On average, a minimum of six months to a year will be necessary to correct and injured metabolism. To avoid this, seek a long-term weight management program rather than a short-term diet. • Sedentary lifestyle Activity and exercise are important to health and vitality. During exercise the organs and tissues are strengthened and revitalized. Endorphins are released that help with mental stability and pleasure. Sedentary lifestyle, along with diet, can lead to chronic illness, depression, anxiety, and other emotional concerns.

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