The body needs a nutritional foundation of vitamins, minerals, and protein daily in order to replace the cells that die off. Your body is constantly replacing old cells with new ones at the rate of millions per second. By the time you finish reading this sentence, 50 million of your cells will have died and been replaced by others. If the cells do not have the nutrition it needs, the body creates inferior cells, which leads to degenerative disease and aging.
THERE ARE TRILLIONS OF REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPLEMENT
Your body contains trillions of cells. Billions of new cells are created every day. Each cell is like a high-performance engine. It needs high-quality raw materials (nutrients) to function properly. The quantity and quality of nutrients you ingest affects every system in your body: cardiovascular and digestive, muscular and skeletal, lymphatic and endocrine, reproductive, urinary, and even your nervous system. In other words, how you look, feel, and perform is directly affected by you daily nutrient intake.
YOUR BODY CAN'T MANUFACTURE ALL THE NUTRIENTS IT NEEDS ON ITS OWN
Scientists define a vitamin as a compound essential for life. and since your body cannot manufacture most of these vitamins on its own, they can come only from the food you eat and the supplements you take every day. Over the long term, proper nutrition impacts every aspect role in preventing nutrition-related disease such as heart disease and diabetes,
Proper nutrition and a health lifestyle can prevent many major diseases 60-90% of the time.
Every day you make choices that will either improve your health or harm it. Studies show that if you don't eat right, get to a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and supplement your diet with proper nutrients you increase your risk of developing certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes. Good health is a choice, which means that disease (in many cases) also is a choice.
Heart Disease: #1 killer in the U.S.
Every minute of every hour of every day, someone dies from a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, 80% of all heart disease in women is preventable with proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.
Cancer: #2 killer in the U.S.
Approximately one of every two adults well be diagnosed with cancer sometime during their life. The American Cancer Society reports that 60% of all cancer-related deaths can be prevented by improving lifestyle choices - being physically active losing weight, stopping smoking, and getting proper nutrition.
The illness multiplier Diabetes contributes to more than 230,000 deaths every year. Plus, if you have diabetes, you are two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke and 10 times more likely to have a limb amputated; also, diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure and blindness. A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that 90% of all type 2 diabetes is preventable with proper nutrition, achieving a healthy weight, and engaging in other healthy lifestyle behavior.
Overfed and undernourished
OUR S.A.D. DIET IS A BIG, FAT PROBLEM
The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is causing a plethora of health challenges. Believe it or not, the United States ranks 37th in longevity behind countries such as Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, and Greece, even with all of the medical technology and pharmaceutical innovations are available today. A major consequence of our S.A.D. is the obesity epidemic, which affects even our children! In factm the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement recently that suggests, unless current trends reverse, One-third of all children born today can expect a shorter life than their parents due to type 2 diabetes.
Our super-busy lifestyles drive us to make compromises of convenience with regard to what we eat, when we eat, and how much we eat. And many products that are marketed as "healthy" foods are filled with sugar, fat, and artificial ingredients.
- Our foods are fast and our metabolisms are slow
- Our drinks are soft and our arteries are hard
- Our nerves are fried. and so is the junk we put into our bodies
Fast food sales have increased nearly 2,000% over the past 30 years. One-third of our total calories come from fast food, which is lacking in good nutrition. Not only does high-fat, high-carbohydrate fast food deliver a lot of calories, but the latest research shows that it also my result in acute inflammation. And consuming these high-fat, high-calorie fast food meals regularly may lead to chronic inflammation, which may put you at risk for many diseases linked to inflammation, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers, and Alzheimer's disease.
EATING RIGHT ISN'T AS EASY AS IT SEEMS
98% of Americans do not eat the recommended seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. What might surprise you even more is that, even when you try to do the right thing, the nutritional value of our produce isn't what it used to be. In fact, a 2004 study of 43 crops showed a decline in the nutrient content of up to 38% over the past 50 years.
90% of Americans fall short in getting essential nutrients in our diets
The Proven benefits of nutritional supplementation
The good news is that the very latest research suggests you can positively influence your health every day through the lifestyle changes you make and through the quality of your nutritional intake.
RECENT GROUNDBREAKING LANDMARK STUDY CORRELATES LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT USE WITH BETTER OVERALL HEALTH
A recent groundbreaking study of people who took a wide range of high-quality nutritional supplements for 20 years or more showed dramatic benefits compared to those who took just a multivitamin or no supplement at all. These long-term supplement users were 73% less likely to have diabetes, 39% less likely to have high blood pressure, and were nearly four times more likely to describe their health as "very good" or excellent" compared to nonusers. In other words, consuming a wide variety of high-quality supplements is associated with better health and reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.
COUNTLESS STUDIES CAN'T ALL BE WRONG
Many of the world's leading experts in medicine, biochemistry, and nutrition believe nutritional supplementation positively affects overall health. Doctors from Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, and researchers from the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society can't all be wrong. If you want to improve your health, be sure to get some of the most important nutrients you body and you brain need to function optimally: a multivitamin, vitamin D, calcium, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and probiotics.
OF ALL HEART DISEASE IN
WOMEN IS PREVENTABLE
OF ALL TYPE 2 DIABETES
OF ALL CHILDREN BORN TODAY
CAN EXPECT A SHORTER LIFE THAN
DECLINE IN THE NUTRIENT CONTENT
OF CROPS, ACCORDING TO A 2004
INCREASE IN FAST FOOD SALES
OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS
EXPERTS IN MEDICINE, BIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUTRITION BELIEVE NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION POSITIVELY AFFECTS OVERALL HEALTH
Starting today, make an investment in yourself
Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent health issues in the future
When buying a brand of supplements:
- Look for clinical studies on the ingredients or products
- Look for natural ingredients on the label-avoid artificial sweeteners, flavors, and preservatives
- Look for a company that focuses on safety and quality
- Look for an unconditional money-back guarantee
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