Take Your Health by the Reins

It’s. All. Connected.  

Your body, that is. While this statement may seem obvious, this is not how our current system approaches the myriad of chronic health issues plaguing our country today. This is a problem because each individual part of your body does not exist on its own, rather all the pieces function together. If you’ve read my bio, you know that heart disease has been an unfortunate focus in my life, just as for so many others. You constantly hear about the heart, but we have to keep in mind that when something goes wrong with one part of your body, the root cause is likely occurring elsewhere. 

If your check engine light goes on, do you remove the light bulb behind it to fix the issue? No, of course not. Instead, you figure out what’s causing the problem and then fix it. If your car needs oil, you put oil in it. If your car needs gas, you put gas in it. These are things that your car requires to run properly, let alone run at all. How does nutrition fit into this? The cells in our body are continually regenerating, literally being built by the nutrients we are eating. On top of that, every process that happens in our body requires nutrient cofactors to make it happen. 

Nutrients are the things your body requires to run properly, let alone run at all. 

Just one nutrient deficiency can create multiple symptoms throughout the body, causing you to visit multiple specialists to address each issue individually.


What we see as common sense in taking care of our vehicles, we rarely apply to ourselves. Instead of applying this method, we’ve learned to chase our symptoms. In the end, this leaves the root cause unaddressed. 

Unfortunately, traversing the landmine field that is the American food system pretty much assures multiple deficiencies. Need proof? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 610,000 people in the U.S. die of heart disease every year. Thats 1 in every 4 deaths. 6 in 10 Americans live with at least one chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.


You must stop subscribing to the “wait and see” method where you assume everything is fine until you are told it’s not. It’s important to understand that the absence of disease does NOT equal health. But this method is so ingrained in us that we accept sickness as a combination of bad luck, something inevitable that runs in our family, or something that comes with age. You have to start asking why are you having these issues. Most importantly, you need to ask yourself what are you willing to accept in terms of your quality of life. Are you comfortable feeling worse every year? 


Chasing symptoms and following the “wait and see” method is a broken process and we’re literally going broke paying for the cost of it.

Want to drastically improve your odds for avoiding heart disease? Fortunately there is a new way. A better way. Addressing the foundations of your health through functional nutrition is empowering, and allows you to proactively take control over how you feel. Rise up and no longer be a victim of your health, but an advocate for it. Do not accept chronic illness to be the norm. Demand more for your quality of life and never settle. Enter into your finest hour, break the cycle and join the Vitality Rising movement!

Special thanks to the “Finest Worksong” by R.E.M. for inspiration.

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