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People who eat better and exercise are much more likely to live longer and live more quality years due to prevention of chronic illnesses. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, COPD, and countless more are largely PREVENTABLE.

So what medicine can we give to help prevent these illnesses and where the side effects are all positive? Nutritious food and exercise! By eating a plant-based, whole foods diet which focuses on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, fish and limiting dairy, animal proteins and fats can can help significantly in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight. In addition to good dietary habits, getting 120-150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise and also significantly lower chronic disease risk. What does moderate intensity mean? Essentially, enough to get your heart pumping and your breathing heavier. So if your able to comfortably have a conversation, you will have to go a little harder. Can’t get that amount in each week? That may be ok. Research has shown that smaller amounts of high-intensity exercise can also result in significant weight loss.

Don’t forget to also get enough sleep and work on stress management. Stress is an ever-present burden in our busy lives, but there are healthy ways of more effectively managing the stress as to not become overwhelming.

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