There is so much information about health that it is easy to be overwhelmed by the tsunami.

Books, magazines, infomercials, talk shows, television ads, radio ads, newspaper ad feature experts dissecting real and imaginary health concerns that “every American should know about.”  Media advertisers are bombarding you with sound bites or glossy pages for: prescriptive medicine, natural advances and smiling faces extolling near miraculous additions to everyday food.

 Is it any wonder that this torrent of minutia has you confused?

Your challenge is to remove yourself from this quagmire of irrelevance and come face-to-face with this warning about your health that is similar to a sign you often see in antique stores, “You break it – you bought it.”  Your motto, concerning your health, should be:  “It is easier to stay healthy than to become healthy.”

Certainly, you need to consider the possibility of the “bad luck” of an unforeseen accident or a particularly virulent infective agent, but, if you manage the factors that you can control, it is more likely that you will enjoy the benefits of being healthy.

Personally, I cover the known deficiencies that exist in my, and everyone’s, diet – the essentials for wellbeing.  Next, I filter my choices through a question that I ask myself before I choose to do something:  “Will my body thank me for this later?”  When the answer is yes, more often than not, I know I am contributing to my wellbeing.  If the answer is no, I use a nutraceutical supplement that is formulated with combinations of complementary, natural ingredients, intended for a particular purpose, to fill the gap left by my choices.

 Declining Health Is Not Inevitable, But It Is Predictable.   The predictors are:

 You are what you eat.

Joel Wallach, DVM, ND, a noted author, sought out speaker and producer of a controversial tape: Dead Doctors Don’t Lie frequently points out:  “If a visit to the Super Market results in bags of cans, boxes and bags of food, you should throw away the contents and eat the packaging.”  The message is that processing, preserving, enhancing the appearance and taste of these products significantly diminishes their nutritional value.  Whole food, fresh, ripe and properly prepared, is the superior choice.

Keep your body clean.

In 2006, The American Holistic Medical Association, Guide To Holistic Health reports:  “There are an estimated 80,000 chemicals regularly in use today, with an additional 1,000 to 2,000 chemicals added to this list each year.  Only 3 percent of them have been tested to determine whether they are toxic or carcinogenic.  In 1998, the United states released approximately 500 billion tons of toxic chemicals into the environment.”

People shower or bathe everyday to keep the outside of their bodies clean.  It is the healthy thing to do.  What about the inside?  The “stuff” in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat builds up over time.  Keeping the inside of your body as clean as the outside pays dividends.

 Take responsibility.

Invest in your health.  You have the most to lose if your health is compromised.  Stop expecting that someone or some magical machine; thing or plant will fix what you have broken.  It is your body that maintains your health using the nutrients derived from the things you put in your mouth.  Ask the question:  “Will my body thank me for this later?”

Do the best you can.

Stress, fast food, skipping meals and inactivity are one set of predictors; rest, a healthy diet and moderate exercise are another.  Choose wisely.  Make changes where you can, then use supplements to fill the gap.  Just remember:  “You break it, you bought it.”

Health is a journey that features you, the person who has the most to gain, or lose, when you choose a path.

 NOTE:  Are you doing the best you can? Get the answers with the NUPRO three step health plan.