Covid-19 and Health Update: Health is True Wealth

Happy New Year everyone!

As we head into this year, there is a sense of hope that things will finally begin to approach a much more normal routine. One of the things that is widely recognized as the major fuel to this pandemic is the state of health of our nation. Specifically, the experts are referring to the pre-existing lack of health that exists across the globe and in the U.S.A. that has made the pandemic so much worse.

“But the elephant in the room is that the baseline general health in many western populations were already in a horrendous state to begin with. In the UK and USA more than 60% of adults are overweight or obese. How is this relevant to COVID-19?

It is well known in the medical literature that excess body fat induces immune dysregulation and chronic inflammation which is directly linked to the cytokine storm that is responsible for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome seen in influenza and other respiratory viruses.”

“Certain underlying conditions and the number of conditions were associated with severe COVID-19 illness. Hypertension and disorders of lipid metabolism were the most frequent, whereas obesity, diabetes with complication, and anxiety disorders were the strongest risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness. Careful evaluation and management of underlying conditions among patients with COVID-19 can help stratify risk for severe illness.”

Ok, I am sure that you get the point. It is not enough to highlight the fact that our country has done almost nothing to lower the risk of severe illness by promoting health building guidelines to reduce our underlying conditions. So here are two strategies that almost anyone can incorporate into their daily lifestyle that will increase your health and reduce your risk for most illnesses.

Bottom Line:

These two strategies are best when used together:

Intermittent Fasting (IF) combined with Plant Based Eating (PBE).

The two best books on this are:

The Obesity Code” by Jason Fung, MD. He has also written two other books worth reading which are “The Diabetes Code” and “The Complete Guide to Fasting”, both of which are also available as summaries.

“The Longevity Diet” by Valter Longo, PhD.

There are quite a few other books on IF and PBE, so to own the concept, you simply spend a bit of time familiarizing yourself with the concepts, the foods, the timing, and the data and begin to upgrade your pantry and eating times to optimize your metabolism. It is these two basic concepts that I have made a part of my daily life and it the most successful way that I have found to keep my weight and health in good shape.

Many of you know that I topped out at 208 lbs. some 20 years ago and that now my average weight is 50 lbs. less. What drove me to rebalance my life is the realization that without optimal health and function, I could not fully serve the Creator and that a life of service holds the greatest meaning for me. Whatever your motivation, the beginning of another year is a traditional time when we review our health status and make resolutions and plans to improve in multiple aspects of our life. Because health is so fundamental and that most all other resolutions or plans depend upon us being healthy, taking steps to upgrade our health is a significant move towards realizing and fulfilling our life’s purpose. Let us know if we can assist you to reach your 2022 goals.

Love and gratitude to everyone from all of us here at Richmond Chiropractic Neurology.


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