Prevention is Key to Living Healthy


Bobbi Pavlak, Extreme Total Fitness

Optimum wellness requires a well-thought-out plan. To this point, it has been proven that 80% of all diseases are preventable. Prevention must include proper nutrition (which requires natural supplementation), an adequate amount of sleep (7-8 hours), some sort of exercise, and, of course, stress-management (have fun everyday).

Most of us know at least one person who looks perfectly healthy on the outside and probably even thinks they are healthy, however, they do not meet all the preventative requirements for good health.

One requirement for wellness is proper nutrition, which includes a daily variety of lean protein, fresh vegetables, fiber, and fruits. Essential antioxidants are stored in colorful fruits and vegetables, such as brightly-colored berries and green leafy vegetables. Because most Americans today do not follow a healthy eating plan, they are deficient in Omega 3s. In addition, the way most food is processed today causes Americans to intake a higher amount of Omega 6s; an Omega 6 imbalance is shown to negatively affect fat loss and overall health. Unhealthy diets and imbalances in Omega 6s are the reason Omega 3s are being recommended as essential to maintaining overall “wellness.” Not only are Omega 3s important, but a good multi-vitamin also is encouraged because the food we eat does not provide the same nutritional benefits it did years ago due to the environmental changes.

An adequate amount of sleep is also necessary for wellness. Sleep deprivation contributes to a variety of issues people face, such as learning, memory, metabolism, and weight gain. A lack of sleep also causes irritability and moodiness, is linked to hypertension, and can alter immune function.

Because most jobs today are sedentary and most of our hours are spent at work, exercise is becoming increasingly more important to health and wellness. Some form of daily exercise is required for optimum health because it helps control weight, combats diseases, and helps us sleep better. Exercise also improves mood, provides energy, and positively affects our sex life. What many people don’t realize is that exercise can be fun.

One final necessity for overall health is stress-management. Many Americans have an exorbitant amount of stress in their lives, and overstress kills. Too much stress can cause migraines, insomnia, high blood pressure, and depression. It also weakens our immune system, leaving us susceptible to illness. Proper stress management will help us control our emotions and help stay positive. Meditation, Yoga, or attending a stress management class will teach you how to control your emotions.

Absence of illness does not mean you are well. Living a healthy lifestyle and preventing disease will improve your wellness and quality of life.