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Living a long and healthy life can be one of the most complicated goals. Most of us don’t know where to start, can’t establish a correlation between lifestyle choices and health benefits, and thus spend years experimenting based on empirical knowledge from health professionals, friends, and the media. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Any significant and daunting endeavor can be turned into an achievable objective if you break it down into small, understandable, and actionable steps. In simple terms, we aim to explain the focus areas and what you can do about them by leveraging nutrition, exercise, and recovery. 

Heart health: Our cardiovascular system includes our heart, arteries, and veins and gives rise to the most common and costly chronic conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, and hypertension. It’s the most common cause of death in the developed world; consequently, high cardiovascular health is a prerequisite for longevity.

Lung health: The American Lung Association elevated lung disease as the leading cause of death this year. Unlike popular belief, degradation of lung health can be caused by several factors, including air pollution, infectious disease (e.g., COVID19), and chronic syndromes (e.g., COPD). Although pulmonary conditions may likely not be the immediate cause of death, their comorbidity with other more dangerous conditions, such as heart disease, threatens one’s life span. Moreover, their ability to hamper physical activity renders them a depreciation factor of life’s quality.

Cellular health: Cellular health is the third piece of the puzzle against chronic disease. Metabolic syndrome and obesity are directly related to how our cells utilize oxygen to burn nutrients and sustain life and power movement. Studies have now linked diabetes to our cells’ inability to use oxygen effectively. Moreover, studies have also shown that metabolic slowdown, the state where our cells use less oxygen and therefore burn fewer calories than predicted, is the primary factor leading to weight loss failure. Obesity and diabetes consequently become the cause of life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and thus become the root cause of premature and, in most cases, expensive fatalities

Skeletal & muscle health: Skeletal and muscle deficiencies such as lower back pain and hip displacement are the primary factor depreciating quality of life. Moreover, due to their debilitating effect on physical activity, they become the root cause of obesity and metabolic syndrome, leading to cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. This will, in turn, lead to lower quality and span of life

Mental health: Depression, stress, and anxiety can bring about physiological and life-threatening conditions through several pathways. First, they can be the root cause of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits. Moreover, as our blog post “The effects of chronic stress on energy balance,” chronic stress can lead to several hormonal perturbations that promote visceral fat accumulation and increase the likelihood of metabolic syndrome independently of weight gain. The combination of these factors leads many to develop one or more common chronic conditions (i.e., cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic), leading to lower quality and span of life.

Gut health: Our gut is a complex “superorganism” that can positively or negatively affect our health in countless ways. An impaired gut microbiome can impair fat metabolism, energy absorption, and our immune system giving rise to a host of diseases, including pulmonary and metabolic syndrome. Moreover, our brain and gut are inextricably connected, which renders the gut microbiome a potent modulator of our mental health. Consequently, a healthy gut is a safeguard against metabolic, lung, cardiovascular, and cognitive disorders.