GENERAL WELLNESS PROTOCOL
In developing a protocol for general health and wellness, we must consider the most common conditions that negatively impact quality of life and longevity.
In the United States, cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke), respiratory conditions, musculoskeletal diseases (arthritis, degenerative disc disease), cancer, cognitive decline, and mental health issues (anxiety, depression) all contribute to physical and mental suffering.
General wellness starts with good nutrition, hydration, restorative sleep, and movement. Sadly, much of the food produced in this country is lacking in the micronutrients the body needs for optimal cell function. In addition, many of the preservative, additives, emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners, and colorings disrupt the microbiota- bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in our intestines and are needed for healthy signaling in the body and protect us from molecules that can increase inflammation.
Obesity, which affects nearly 40% of the US population, increases the risk of developing these conditions by as much as 60%. These is due to the fact that excess fat cells increase inflammation, which underlies these conditions, and increases wear and tear on joints.
There has been much scientific research looking at how nutrition and nutritional supplements can impact our health by improving cell function and reducing the development of these conditions.
Studies have shown that:
EPA and DHA can reduce cardiac mortality by 10%; improve markers of aging (telemerase, cortisol, IL-10, IL-6); improve episodic memory, global cognition, visual memory, and executive functioning; and benefited symptoms of depression, no matter how severe.
Reduced respiratory infections by 8%, improved pain and function in knee osteoarthritis, and depression; and may improve autoimmune health.
Inadequate magnesium is associated with increased coronary heart, vascular disease, and ADHD. Magnesium supplementation has been found to shorten the time needed to fall asleep, reduce the risk of migraine headaches by as much as 62% and appears to reduce blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension.
B complex supplementation was found to benefit feelings of stress in healthy populations and populations “at-risk” for low mood and anxiety; to reduce homocysteine, and in those with elevated homocysteine, B vitamins improved global cognition, episodic memory, and semantic memory; improve low back pain and premenstrual symptoms.
Ashwagandha was found to be associated with enhanced sexual behavior in females, improved sperm production in males, increased muscle mass, strength, and testosterone, reduced muscle damage and fat mass, reduced cortisol, anxiety, and borderline depression, and to benefit falling asleep, sleep quality, and mental alertness.
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