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Eliminate Chronic Disease

Exercise and a healthy diet can help you feel better. Anyone who works out regularly understands that. Did you know that changing your diet, getting more sleep, exercising, and other changes can help eliminate chronic diseases like diabetes, back pain, arthritis, and digestive issues? If you replace highly processed food with whole foods, you’ll immediately notice a difference in how you feel.

One cause or contributor to chronic disease is obesity.

Overweight and obesity is one of the leading cause of preventable death. Excess body fat can cause inflammation. Inflammation can cause chronic disease. While there’s a difference between the two, they both lead to health issues such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, some forms of cancer, and sleep apnea. Excess weight stresses the joints and throws off the center of gravity to create back issues.

Making lifestyle changes like improving your diet and exercising helps.

Cutting out food with added sugar can reduce inflammation. That can help prevent many health issues, which include the ones caused by obesity and Alzheimer’s disease. Eating more whole foods increases nutrients that can help prevent disease. Vitamins A, C, E, and D, folate, zinc, selenium, and iron, are well-known immune boosters to help keep you healthier. Regular exercise increases circulation to send nourishment and oxygen to every cell. It lowers blood pressure, improves heart health, and improves cholesterol levels.

Other lifestyle changes, like smoking cessation, make a huge difference.

If you smoke, quit smoking. Some people fear weight gain after they quit. Smoking does boost your metabolism. You can counteract the reduction by exercising. Do all types of exercise, especially ones that build muscle tissue. Muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain than fat tissue does, so the more you have, the higher your metabolism. You might snack more when you quit smoking to replace the physical movement of smoking. Have healthy, low-calorie snacks like veggies and dip or fresh fruit ready to fill that gap. Avoid abusing controlled substances.

  • Cut out soft drinks and drink tea and coffee without cream or sugar. Both soft drinks and coffee with additives add extra calories and affect your health. Don’t choose diet soft drinks. Studies show it can increase the fat around your middle.
  • Increase the activity in your daily life. Even if you exercise regularly, walking more and taking the stairs instead of the elevator helps. Studies show that people who walk faster live longer.
  • Stress plays a role in disease. Eating healthy foods, exercising, adequate sleep, and practicing relaxation techniques can help. Learn deep breathing and meditation to reduce stress quickly.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol. It’s okay for a woman to have one drink a day and for men to have two. Abusing alcohol can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, digestive issues, stroke, some types of cancer, early dementia, a weakened immune system, and social issues.

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