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- Blood Sugar Balance
- Body Composition
- Cardiometabolic Health
- Children's Health
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Gastrointestinal Health
- General Wellness
- Immune Health
- Men's Health
- Metabolic Detoxification
- Muscle, Bone & Joint Health
- Neurological Health
- Sports Nutrition
- Stress Management
- Women's Health
Blood Sugar Balance
Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels in the normal range is not only critical for energy and mood, but also for cardiovascular, nervous system, and immune health. Since the typical diet is high in refined carbohydrates and sugars, its no wonder that such a high proportion of our population has blood sugar concerns. Hectic lifestyles, chronic stress, and genetic predispositions can also easily upset the delicate balance of physiological events that influence glucose and insulin levels.
- 1 in 3 American adults may benefit from lifestyle changes to maintain healthy blood sugar.
- 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. may have type 2 diabetes (and not even know they have it).
- The typical American consumes 95 to 100 lbs of sugar each year.
- Only 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. meet daily recommendations for vegetable intake.
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A healthy body composition (favorable ratio of lean tissues to fat) is associated with overall health. But lean tissues (e.g., muscle, bone) naturally diminish with age and foster increased fat storage. Even those who maintain their normal weight may develop a larger ratio of fat tissues that negatively influence a number of health functions, such as blood sugar metabolism, lipid metabolism, and blood pressure. Lack of exercise, unhealthy diets, and prolonged stress also contribute to increased fat.
- Over 3 in 5 American adults have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher.
- More than 3 in 10 adults in the U.S. have a BMI of 30 or higher.
- A healthy body composition also enhances strength and agility for better performance as an athlete and in the game of life.
Maintaining cardiometabolic health is a number one priority in developed countries worldwide. And many factors that influence cardiometabolic fitness are among the most modifiable. Major health organizations now recommend lifestyle medicine as a primary approach to address underlying factors, such as maintaining a healthy body composition and healthy ranges in blood pressure, blood lipids, and blood glucose.
- 1 in 3 U.S. adults may need support to maintain healthy ranges.
- 1 in 3 American adults may benefit from programs to support healthy blood pressure levels and/or healthy levels.
- More than 1 in 10 U.S. adults may benefit from programs to support healthy LDL cholesterol.
Proper nutrition is essential for the growth, development, and function of childrens minds and bodies. But large percentage of children and teens in the U.S. may not be getting sufficient levels of the nutrients and essential fatty acids they need from their daily diets. They may also have food sensitivities that can further influence nutritional status.
- Almost 7 out of 10 children do not take an omega-3 supplement.
- 9 out of 10 children dont eat the recommended amount of fruit or vegetables.
- 7 in 10 children have low levels of vitamin D.
- High soft drink consumption is correlated with low intakes of magnesium, riboflavin, and vitamins A and C, as well as high intake of calories, carbohydrates, and fat.
- Nearly 1 in 10 young children may have food sensitivities.
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The gastrointestinal (GI) system forms the very core of our bodies. So its understandable that many common complaints take root in the GI system and are among the leading reasons that patients seek health care. While common approaches may alleviate symptomssuch as occasional indigestion, occasional heartburn, abdominal cramping, urgent bowel movements, or occasional constipationthey may only temporarily mask the underlying issues and have potential adverse effects.*
- 1 in 4 U.S. adults may have functional GI complaints that affect daily living.
- Almost 2 in 4 American adults have likely experienced 1 or more upper GI symptoms in the past 3 months.
Active living and healthy aging make some strong nutritional demands. But modern nutritional fuel often fails to provide enough gas to go very far down the right roads. Fast food lifestyles may contribute to a lower intake of health-promoting nutrients, while contributing to overnourishment of fats, sugars, and energy intake that can negatively influence health. The aging process, genetic variations, and gastrointestinal health also influence the bodys ability to absorb nutrients.
- Over 3 in 5 U.S. adults do not take a daily multivitamin.
- More than 3 in 5 adults do not take an omega-3 supplement.
- Only 1 in 3 U.S. adults consumes 2+ servings of fruit daily.
- Just 1 in 4 American adults eat 3 or more servings of vegetables daily.
- NHANES data suggests that many older adults dont get enough nutrientsincluding folate, zinc, magnesium, and A, B6, and Cfrom food alone
The immune system is perhaps the most important body system when it comes to maintaining health and living a vibrant, active lifestyle. A healthy immune system provides multiple response layers against aggressive environmental factors. The strength of this barrier is influenced by lifestyle habits that can deplete the bodys reserves, such as stress, fast foods, and lack of exercise. Replenishing nutrients essential to healthy immune function can help, as well as ensuring adequate rest, relaxation, recreation, and social tiesall associated with greater vitality and longevity.*.
- Nearly 3 out of 4 of U.S. adolescents and adults may have insufficient levels of vitamin D.
- Over 1 in 10 Americans may be deficient in vitamin C.
- 2 in 5 older Americans may have diets deficient in zinc.
Autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are characterized by debilitating symptoms that can affect every part of life. These conditions can cause the bodys normally protective immune response to damage intestines, joints, or other tissues, resulting in pain and other bothersome symptoms.
- As many as 1 in 2 IBD patients suffer from inflammatory symptoms seemingly unrelated to the gut, such as joint pain.
- Pain is a symptom of initial onset in up to 7 out of 10 IBD cases.
- 1 in 5 IBD sufferers may continue to have significant symptoms even in the absence of a flare-up.
As men approach mid-life, obstacles related to maintaining youthful vigor and strength may appear as subtle changes in body composition, energy levels, libido, memory, and stress tolerance. These changes are strongly influenced by the balance of hormones in the body, which also affect heart, bone, and prostate health. Lifestyle habits can also influence oxidative stress associated with aging and other effects, as well as contribute to reduced testosterone levels.
- As many as 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will likely have concerns related to prostate health by age 60.
- 1 in 3 American men over age 20 have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
- Almost 4 out of 10 men in the U.S. aged 45+ may have testosterone levels below 300 ng/dL.
Environmental pollutants are everywhere in our environmentin what we touch, eat, drink, and breathe. Long-term exposure to even trace amounts of these substances has been linked with a number of undesirable health effects. Under normal circumstances, our bodies are well equipped to filter out harmful chemicals and pollutants to protect against their effects. Sometimes, however, the volume of exposure can overburden these natural processes and allow some of these substances to accumulate in tissue. Nutrient-deficient diets and heavy consumption of processed foods can create further challenges.
- 150 common home chemicals have associated health effects.
- 1 in 2 chemically sensitive individuals report symptoms at least once per month.
- More than 9 million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals.
- Each year more than 4 billion pounds of chemical compounds and pollutants from plastics, pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, medications, and other sources are released into the environment and eventually find their way into our air, soil, and food and water supplies.
Muscle, Bone and Joint Health
Musculoskeletal fitness has been associated with increased mobility, balance, and functionality. Lack of exercise, smoking, and excessive alcohol use contribute to declining bone and muscle mass. Nutritional deficiencies also affect musculoskeletal health.
- 1 in 2 U.S. adults report muscle discomfort or motion limitations in the neck, back, or joints.
- Nearly 1 in 2 Americans aged 50+ may benefit from support.
- 9 out of 10 women in the U.S. may not be getting enough calcium.
- Almost 3 out 4 U.S. adolescents and adults may have insufficient levels of vitamin D.
- Almost 7 in 10 Americans may be consuming inadequate amounts of magnesium.
Neurological healthincluding brain function, mood, and sleepis one of the most overlooked areas of general wellness care for healthy aging and emotional well-being. Oxidative stress related to aging and unhealthy lifestyles (e.g., smoking, stress, inactivity, heavy alcohol use) can increase damaging free radical activity in the brain that, among other changes, contributes to a decline in energy output in brain cells. And levels of key hormones and neurotransmitters that contribute to mental and emotional health begin to decline in middle age. Unhealthy lifestyles also affect neurotransmitter balance and hormone metabolism.
- 1 in 4 U.S. adults have complaints related to neurological health.
- Nearly 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. may suffer from occasional sleeplessness.
- 2 in 5 American adults with occasional sleeplessness may have other neurological complaints.
- 1 out 10 adults in the U.S. may experience poor mood.
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Regular exercise is important for feeling good and helping your body work the way it should. But increased physical activity also means increased nutritional demands. Protein not only helps build lean muscle but also aids in recovery after exercise. Drinking plenty of fluids is also critical to maintaining a high level of performance, as well as replenishing electrolytes and minerals depleted by sweat.
- Active adults, athletes, and those wishing to build muscle mass may need additional dietary protein.
- 7 out of 10 Americans don't exercise regularly.
- 3 out of 10 Americans dont drink enough water.
Every day we are faced with stimuli (or "triggers") called stressors that elicit the stress response. While acute (short-term) stress may cause you to feel wired or anxious, consistent stress over long periods of time can take its toll on the adrenal and thyroid glandscausing you to feel burned out. Stress can also affect mood, sleep, and sense of well-being.
- Nearly 4 in 5 U.S. adults regularly experience physical symptoms associated with stress.
- Over 7 in 10 American adults commonly suffer stress-related psychological symptoms.
- Almost 1 in 2 adults in the U.S. report lying awake at night due to stress.
- Nearly 1 in 2 report that stress has had a negative impact personally and professionally.
At the heart of every womans health are her hormones, which are always in flux. Their ebb and flow influence all aspects of physical and emotional well-being. When a womans hormones are in balance, she feels healthy, energetic, and vital. Starting with puberty, each menstrual cycle orchestrates hormonal changes to prepare a woman for another stage in life. And as women age, gradual fluctuations through postmenopause may further influence virtually every aspect of health.
- Over 4 in 5 menstruating women in the U.S. have at least 1 PMS symptom as part of their monthly cycle.
- More than 7 in 10 women over 50 experience hot flashes.
- 9 out of 10 women in the U.S. may not be getting enough calcium.
- Over 6 in 10 American women do not take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement.