The more people I know, the more I realize we are getting sick more often, and worldwide.
Call it a coincidence or not, but all of the people I meet every week and the ones I already know, experience some sort of digestive issues: chronic pain, bloating, food intolerances, irritable colon, and food allergies just to name a few.
Other symptoms they talk about - and I know they are related to their digestive discomforts and their mind - are mood swings, fatigue, weight gain or unable to lose weight, diarrhea, constipation, migraines, anxiety, and depression…
I just ask myself, WHAT THE F...K?!?
When did we become so sick?
What's causing our bodies to get sick more often?
Is it the stress, not having time to do what we want, unhappy relationships, worry about money, negative thoughts, unhappy with oneself, is it the food we eat?
Here is some data from the WHO:
Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes, here I name a few*:
Heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers with a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016, and they have been the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed 3.0 million
Lung cancer caused 1.7 million deaths
Diabetes killed 1.6 million people (in 2000 they were less than 1m)
Dementia more than doubled between 2000 and 2016, making it the 5th leading cause of global deaths in 2016 compared to 14th in 2000.
Lower respiratory infections caused 3.0 million deaths
One other important fact is the main epidemic going around called Obesity**:
At the other end of the malnutrition scale, obesity is one of today’s most visible – yet most neglected – public health problems. Paradoxically coexisting with undernutrition, an escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity – “globesity” – is taking over many parts of the world. If immediate action is not taken, millions will suffer from an array of severe health disorders.
It affects virtually all age and socioeconomic groups and threatens to overwhelm both developed and developing countries. In 1995, there were an estimated 200 million obese adults worldwide and another 18 million under-five children classified as overweight. As of 2000, the number of obese adults has increased to over 300 million.
Why did I jump from the story of my friends with digestive issues to the world's health data?
Because everything is interconnected to the way we eat, think, and live.
Today it can be a simple pain on the belly, but tomorrow it can become something else.
Health and sickness don't discriminate.
You can have a healthy mind and body, you just need to want it.
Choosing how to live your life if the most powerful thing you have.
The power behind making your own decisions.
This is why I became a Health Coach, to help people who are ready to make changes to how and what they eat, think, and their lifestyle, so they can live without pain, and without medication (if possible).
The best thing I can experience is seeing a person feel better and the changes they make every day.
My questions to you:
How much do you value your body and mind?
What is the quality of life you want to live?
What would you do to turn your life around and live how you want to live?
Wishing you all the health and love you deserve.