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Overweight Overloads Your Spine

When you consider that 1,300 pounds of pull are exerted on your spine and sacroiliac joints simply to maintain an erect posture, and that practically the entire weight of your vital organs is borne by the spine, you can understand why an excess burden of fat usually results in chronic backache. As we have discussed, your spine has enough jobs to do without having to carry a needless fat overload. I am sure you would rebel if you were forced to wear a sack filled with ten to a hundred pounds of rocks suspended from your waist at all times. Try it. That is exactly the kind of dangerous overload you force upon your poor spine when you are overweight.

Overweight exacts many other health penalties too! It over-burdens the heart with fatty tissue and forces (63 the heart to strain with overwork in pumping blood through the additional miles of blood vessels. Often high blood pressure develops from obesity, also adult-onset diabetes. Fat deposits impede the functioning of vital organs, such as the kidneys and pancreas.

A belly hanging over the belt promotes back trouble and serious prolapsed stomach problems. The lower spine has to try to counterbalance that extra weight, says Dr. Schilling.

Back specialist Dr. Philip Lewin states the following in his research study on The Back and Its Disorders:

Overweight people are inclined to laugh off their excess pounds and dismiss it lightly. Doctors, however, regard it as a disease, and an insidious one at that. It is particularly treacherous because the fat person may falsely feel fit as a fiddle for a long time. But he can depend on it that his years will be decreased in direct ratio to the number of extra pounds of fat he carries. Insurance statistics prove it!

It's magnificent to live long if one keeps healthy, fit, alert, active and useful. - Harry Fosdick

Healthy Lifestyle Regimen for Reducing

The back is directly affected by overweight, and as a preventative, as well as a curative measure, anyone who has back troubles or who wishes to avoid them should watch those bathroom scales. After age 35, everyone is better off a few pounds underweight than overweight! See web: walford.com

If you are overweight as millions of Americans are, please don't delude yourself by believing in a quick cure. We have many people complain that they have tried this and that crash or fad diet, or one or another sure way to reduce without any lasting benefit. They have suffered various discomforts for short periods, losing some weight, often only to regain their lost weight and sometimes even more, as soon as the crash diet was over.

In our years as authors, nutritionists and physical conditioners, we have helped millions of men and women attain and maintain healthy, normal weight by natural methods. We know of no other sure way to accomplish lifelong weight control than by living a healthy lifestyle, establishing a regular regimen of diet and exercise that keeps your metabolism in proper balance. Metabolism is the intricate process by which your body converts food to energy. When you take in more fuel (food) than you burn up in energy (activities), the excess is stored as fat in the less used body areas.

A thorough explanation of how to lose weight and maintain it at a normal level is given in three Bragg Books, The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle, The Miracle of Fasting, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Many top Hollywood Stars and champion athletes, as well as millions of health students around the world, have successfully followed the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle teachings. If you are ten pounds or more overweight, or developing a tendency in this direction, these Bragg Books will be valuable additions to your health library.

It's strange that some men will drink and eat anything put before them, but they will check very carefully the oil put in their car.

Many people go throughout life committing partial suicide -destroying their health, youth, beauty, talents, energies and creative qualities. Indeed, to learn how to be good to oneself is often more difficult than to learn how to be good to others. - Paul C. Bragg

Healthy Diet and Normal Weight are Vital

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women who weigh 20% more than they should are 30% more likely to develop osteoarthritis (the most common form of the disease) than their leaner friends. More excess weight means more wear and tear on delicate body joints, says Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., an arthritis researcher. There's scientific evidence that a plant-rich diet protects against arthritis on its own. The Arthritis Foundation reports that losing just 11 pounds could cut your risk of osteoarthritis in half!

Studies indicate you could also be at increased risk of osteoarthritis if one of your legs is longer than the other -a condition that affects one in five arthritis sufferers and can put excess pressure on the hip and knee of side with shorter leg. Experts say that chronic back or leg pain is one clue that your leg length may be off. Your doctor can measure it precisely, and a simple heel lift or chiropractic adjustment may be all you need to correct it.

One reason that being overweight is such a prevalent (65 problem today, in every age group, is that most people eat too much of the wrong kind of food. In connection with overeating, Dr. Lewin makes this wise comment: Two exercises, especially, are most beneficial to the reducer. The first is a shaking of the head from side to side when second helpings are passed, and the second is a pushing movement away from the table while still a little hungry!

These maxims apply not only to the reducer, but to everyone wanting to maintain a normal, natural weight. We have never had an extra ounce of flesh on our bodies, and we have always made it a rule to get up from the table while still feeling a little bit hungry. As a result, we never feel sluggish and are always full of energy and vitality.

Over 50% of Californians Overweight: Despite the healthy tofu-and-avocado image Californians in 2002 enjoy across the U.S., over half the state's adults are overweight. Researchers interviewed4,149people in all(1,772 men, 2,377 women) by telephone recently and found that 52.9% were overweight or obese! This is the latest study in 10 years. Even back in 1990, 44.6% of Californians were overweight or obese. - News Service Report

Over 50% of Californians Overweight: Despite the healthy tofu-and-avocado image Californians in 2002 enjoy across the U.S., over half the state's adults are overweight. Researchers interviewed4,149people in all(1,772 men, 2,377 women) by telephone recently and found that 52.9% were overweight or obese! This is the latest study in 10 years. Even back in 1990, 44.6% of Californians were overweight or obese. - News Service Report

Another wise piece of advice from Dr. Lewin, which my dad also preached and practiced throughout his long, healthy lifetime, is: A good reducing diet, one recommended by a health professional, gives the reducer all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary to maintain his body's health. If there is a chance that you are not getting enough essential food elements, it's wise to get some natural food supplements in capsule, powder, liquid or tablet form. This is from an orthopedic speaking to patients whose backaches are due primarily to excess fat. Again, let me say it's sound advice for everyone to be fit and trim.

Maintain Healthy Natural Diet for Health

A diet of natural foods is the surest way to maintain normal weight and good health. In Mother Nature's design for living, she has provided perfectly balanced nutrition for every living thing in both the plant and animal kingdoms.

However, in attempting to redesign this pattern for their own convenience, humans have upset this balance, and are paying the penalty in loss of health. Modern ^ civilization has concentrated masses of people in cities 66) far from sources of natural food supply. The resulting need for mass transportation, storage and distribution of food has transformed the average diet into an artificial one, made up primarily of devitalized, processed, additive-ridden dead fast foods, which might satisfy hunger, but not the body's health demands. In the last 60 years, the American diet has deteriorated such that millions of children and adults walk around obese and malnourished, with low energy and weak, slumped spines. In a desperate effort to get a lift, millions resort to drugs; from slow killers (cola drinks, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine) to those that are more speedily fatal! Drug problems are growing deadly!

Is it possible to live on a natural diet in this polluted world? Yes, it is! It requires some dedicated, strong effort and wise discrimination, but the rewards are great. Isn't it worth your effort to exchange the misery of mere existence for the joy of a vital, glowing, healthy life?

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