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Wellness Wake-Up Call: The Future is Now

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Put down the doughnut.  Drop the bag of potato chips- and dump the soda down the drain.


Everything you put in your mouth is linked to your future.  The average American consumes close to 2,000 pounds of food per year.  Breaking it down, that amounts to around 29 pounds of french fries, 23 pounds of pizza, 53 gallons of soda and 24 pounds of ice cream.  If a person lives to be 80, they will have consumed nearly 68 tons of food during his or her lifetime- that's roughly 67,000,000 calories. 

Whether you are 50 pounds over weight or a size 0, the food you eat is crucial part of the overall health equation.  Diet- defined as the foods we choose to eat- and exercise go hand in hand.

Without proper nutrition, your body can't function.  Even the brain is affected by what you put in your mouth.  Your brain is the one part of your body that actually can shrink from eating junk food. 

A study in the journal Neurologhy found that people with diets high in trans fat are more likely to experience the kind of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease.  Conversely, people who have diets high in vitamins C and E, the B vitamins and vitamin D have larger brains.

People who have high levels of circulating trans fat have less brain volume, thus leading to poorer memory, attention, language and processing speed skills - and poor diet ultimately costs you money.  Chronic disease that can be often be reversed or prevented altogether by a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet and exercise, makeup about 75% of the $2.8 trillion in annual health care costs in the United States