Health seems like a simple concept. Eat healthy, exercise, and keep your weight under control. Why is it that so many Americans cannot follow those simple three rules?

To eat healthy is not simply to buy your fruits and vegetables from Safeway. The fruits often come from tropical regions that do not regulate soil conditions. Actually, fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. are not always of the best quality. In fact, grocery stores throw out 40% of their produce because it does not look perfect. With GMO’s, genetically modified foods, packaged and processed foods with way too much sugar and fillers, and oils with Omega 6 fats, it is no wonder that Americans are nutritionally starved.

The poor quality of food easily available to most Americans can be directly attributed to excess weight. It seems as if you have to eat a tremendous amount of food to squeeze out a small amount of nutrition. The salt, sugars, and oils in processed foods are a ‘perfect storm’ recipe for weight gain.

According to a new health analysis bearing the revealing title: US Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health1, “Americans come in dead last in a comparison of 17 affluent nations.”

Exercise is on every doctor’s recommendation for a healthy lifestyle. The U.S. is no longer a country of active people, and the older you get the less motivated you are to exercise. There are seemingly as many good reasons not to exercise as there are people not exercising. It’s kind of like smoking. There is not one scientific reason that fairs well for smoking, and yet, millions of Americans still smoke.

Wellspring Integrative Wellness Center is here to help those who want to live a long and vibrant life. We have classes to stretch and firm the body, and to lose unwanted weight. We have an organic restaurant Bella’s offering healthy food choices, and we offer a variety of therapies for the body, mind, and soul.

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