FACT: In 2012, NIH-funded scientists found that nearly half of all the deaths in the United States that were caused by cardiometabolic diseases—heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes—were associated with suboptimal eating habits.
Each of us has unique biochemistry based on age, medical history, nutrient absorption, metabolism, genetic predisposition and medications. This unique biochemistry dictates our distinctive nutrient needs. When these nutrient needs are not met, a cascade of biochemical stress ensues culminating in compromised immune function, systemic inflammation, and malfunction of parts of our body. Since our emotional and mental states are greatly influenced by the integrity of our physiology, these stressors affect every aspect of our wellbeing.
Biochemical stressors may impact, challenge and threaten our body’s function, composition and performance from the single cell, through organs and organ systems (e.g. heart, liver, GI tract, immune function, etc.) right up to the whole-organism level and the function of our brain. These internal stressors may impact our cellular structure and function as well as limit metabolic pathways and any subsequent reactions.
Chronic conditions that may result from a perpetual state of biochemical stress may include: chronic diseases (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue, digestive disorders, etc), compromised immune function, chronic/acute infections, autoimmunity, allergies, depression, irritability, mental fog, etc.)
Major biochemical stressors may include:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Food sensitivities
- Imbalanced microbiome
These stressors may result from inadequate water intake, insufficient sun exposure, poor nutrition, nutrient malabsorption, prolonged exposure to toxins, abnormalities of vitamin metabolism or utilization in the metabolic pathways, improper movement routine, alcohol/recreation drugs abuse, and extended use of prescription drugs.
Once you identified your stressors, it’s time to de-stress to unleash your natural health… here are a few ideas on how to resolve your biochemical stressors and navigate your way back to natural health and optimal wellbeing:
- Boost your hydration
- Improve your nutrition and eating habits
- Practice intermittent fasting
- Incorporate periods of detoxification
- Consult with your physician regarding food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies
- Incorporate supplements to resolve any nutrient deficiencies
- Integrate herbs and supplement to boost your immune and detoxification function
- Improve your sun exposure habits
- Integrate healthy sleep habits and relaxation techniques
- Minimize/manage your exposure to toxins
- Start exercising on a regular basis
- Minimize/eliminate intake of alcohol/recreation drugs
- Consult with your physician regarding minimizing your use of prescription drugs
To learn more about how to improve your hydration, nutrition, sun exposure, and movement routine as well as how to manage nutrient deficiencies and inflammation naturally, please refer to GET EMPOWERED and My Wellbeing Compass™ Blog.
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