(This is a guest post by Mark Turner; filmmaker, artist and writer.)
What if Mozart had lived longer? What if he had been healthier while he did live: more energy, sharper imagination, better judgment …? Yeah, I know, with all that he got done, maybe he didn’t need better quality life. But, WHAT IF?
As an artist I know how hard it is to create when I do not feel good, let alone when I am weakened and distracted by ill health. So, I have high respect for artists who overcome distress to create masterpieces. But, ill health has sometimes been romanticized as a prerequisite to greatness. Actually, when we are healthy we think better, have the strength to manipulate our materials better and have the stamina for longer periods of productivity. The added years of life derived from good health gives more time to produce more, provided those years are of quality health.
Think of all the artists who could be creating masterpieces but are smothering under bad health, are overweight, don’t have the energy, don’t feel good and sure don’t want to be creative.
What If You Could Be Better?
“Talent” is not the main requirement; it’s a lot of hard work getting good at something in order to create the masterpiece. The amount and quality of one’s work is proportionate to their physical, mental and spiritual well being.
It could happen. You could have better health which could free you to even believe a masterpiece is inside you.
Most Diseases Are Preventable
Name three of the most common diseases: heart disease, cancer and diabetes. All of these are on a sharp increase. Yet, heart disease is 80% preventable, cancer is 60% preventable, and diabetes is more than 90% preventable.
So, chances are high that you COULD avoid dying from any of these three killers. Why do we let ourselves get these? Well, 70% of all doctor visits are due to nutritional and lifestyle related causes.
Clue: Change Nutrition and Lifestyle
Less than 2% of Americans eat the daily requirement of 7 servings of fruits and vegetables. Maybe it’s because the bad agricultural practices have drained the taste out of them while the preference for sugar and salt has been encouraged by food processing and fast food.
The average American eats half their meals away from home, relinquishing nutritional choices and quality control to places which depend on rotating the maximum number of customers through their tables as quickly as possible in order to make a profit. However, the consumption of nutrition-drained, chemical additive-rich foods is on the rise even in our homes. The USDA has been tracking the declines in nutrient value of many crops since the 1950’s. Chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, early harvesting, and long distance shipping all contribute to us turning our noses up to fruits and vegetables.
1. Supplement depleted food. (But don’t take just any old pill)
On top of processed foods we consume more and more soft drinks which assault our bodies with huge amounts of sodium and sugar, or, worse, artificial sweeteners which decrease our cognitive functions.
No wonder masterpieces aren’t getting produced!
2. Drink pure water and real juices. (Hey! Juice! That’s from fruits and vegetables, right?)
The typical fast food meal gives you approximately 75% of the maximum daily allowance of calories, 94% the maximum daily allowance of fat, 70% the maximum daily allowance of sodium, plus the abundant preservatives and processing chemicals the food needs in order to keep on the shelves indefinitely.
You know how you feel “full and satisfied” after that fast food meal? Yeah, full of what? Will the other meals of the day cover just the stuff that one left out?
3. Eat processed, or fast food less than once a week. (OR, not at ALL!)
One interesting result of this non-nutritional lifestyle is the shocking rise in being overweight and obese, especially among children. But, what would you expect when at least 1 fast food meal per week is standard in the lives of approximately 85% of American kids? Yeah, right. “Once a week.”
“How important is the weight loss thing,” we ask in our best “research” voice. Here are a few consequences of being overweight to consider: stroke, dyslipidemia, hypertension, osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, coronary heart disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems and some cancers. And all of those could also include “complications.”
4. Lose Weight (And don’t gain it back!)
Your Basic Prevention
Diet, lifestyle, supplementation and weight loss are all at your fingertips. (Click here for help) Doing them right will help prevent the following top causes of early death and reduced quality of life. Here are a few suggestions to get you started in preventing the top killers: (These are commonly accepted suggestions only, no attempt to prescribe or make promises here.)
Heart disease: lose weight, increase fiber in diet, use non-GMO soy products (Yes, it is to possible to get non-GMO soy.), eliminate or reduce animal products, exercise properly, stop smoking and get away from second hand smoke. (See previous blog post)
Cancer: lose weight, supplement with antioxidants and micronutrients, eliminate toxins from your home and work environments, stop smoking and get away from second hand smoke.
Stroke: lose weight, supplement with omega-3’s and resveratrol.
Alzheimer’s: supplement with vitamin C, E, omega-3’s and resveratrol
Diabetes: lose weight, increase fiber in your diet and exercise.
So, How In the World Do You Do All This?
Thankfully, in many places, organic produce is becoming more in demand and thus profitable for grocery stores to carry. So, go demand (after you ask nicely several times) that your grocery store get truly organic, locally grown food, or you’ll go over to that great store which already does.
As for supplementation, I have, in my years, ingested lots of the “best” brands of tablets and capsules. The dramatic difference of measurable health effects between them and Shaklee supplements made up my mind in 1994 to forget about all previous contenders. Shaklee has been convincing millions of us, including astronauts in flight and Olympians winning medals, by their superior results since 1956 and is being discovered at an ever-growing rate internationally. All ingredients which I recommended above are readily available in pure, natural form through Shaklee products. Click here for a complete catalog covering supplementation, weight loss, personal care, pure water, and clean environment.
I wish Mozart and some other masters could have gotten all this, but WE are all still alive enough to read this. Maybe some of us will try these changes, live longer and produce the masterpieces waiting inside us.