Health prevention strategies to help people achieve their optimal health potential could add a decade or more of healthy years to the average lifespan and save the economy billions of dollars as a result of reduced cardiovascular disease.
Professor of medicine and chief cardiologist at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Clyde Yancy stated that "achieving...simple lifestyle factors gives people a 90 per cent chance of living to the age of 90 or 100, free of not only heart disease and stroke but from a number of other chronic illnesses including cancer."
"We can compress life-threatening disease into the final stages of life and maintain quality of life for the longest possible time." He predicts that, if we act now, we can reverse the tide by 2020," said Yancy.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, every year in Canada about 250,000 potential years of life are lost due to heart disease and stroke, which are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada.
Following simple steps can prevent disease and lead you to optimal health.
1. GET ACTIVE: Inactivity can shave almost four years off a person's expected lifespan. People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke. Fitness is a key ingredient in advancing your health.
2. GET RID OF PROCESSED AND GMO FOODS: Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and that starts with omitting all processed foods which contain high sources of genetically modified ingredients.
3. FILTER YOUR WATER: Getting rid of toxic fluoride in your drinking water and obtaining a clean and pure source of water is imperative for optimal health. Educating yourself on how to drink tap water safely will go a long way in keeping you disease free.
4. OPTIMIZE VITAMIN D ALL YEAR ROUND: Exposure to sunlight and vitamin D has been shown to effectively deal with toxins including medications. Researchers at the University of Leeds suggest that people with very pale skin may be unable to spend enough time in the sun to make the amount of vitamin D the body needs -- while also avoiding sunburn. Vitamin D deficiency contributes to a higher number of heart and stroke related deaths.
5. AVOID ALL MEDICATIONS AND VACCINES: Human beings have been exposed to vaccines for more than two centuries. However official death statistics have shown conclusively and scientifically that modern medicine is not responsible for and played little part in substantially improved life expectancy and survival from disease in western economies. Vaccine ingredients contain lethal toxins which will not only decrease your lifespan but may permanently change your cardiovascular health, and physiology for life.
6. MEDITATE: Eliminate from your life every person and activity that drains you. Easier said than done? Try it. Simply stop participating in activities that take more than they give. Things that waste your time, resources, emotions, etc. If you are in a debilitating relationship of any kind, end it today. Cut the tie. Move on. Take time to meditate. Set aside a half hour each day for yourself. You can meditate in the morning while lying in bed staring at the ceiling, at night by going for a walk, in the shower, while cleaning, while washing your car, while painting, while writing, while swimming, while relaxing or in a hot tub. Your heart will love you each time you meditate.
7. GET YOUR ZZZZZZ's
Sleep is one of the most powerful (but underestimated) necessities to advance your health. Most research suggests that a good night's sleep appears to be every bit as important to good cardiovascular health and long life as a nutritious diet and regular exercise. If you lack sleep, you are reducing your ability to optimize your health.