Health is wealth. It is something that we inherently have as our birthright. Along with the physical aspect of health is the ability to eat well and that is called Nutrition. Nutrition plays a very important role in achieving our desired health status. According to one great and ancient Philosopher, we should eat to live and not live to eat. Medicine arose from Dietetics and so the truth is that proper Nutrition should be and will always be preventive to us against degenerative and lifestyle diseases. Nature designed our bodies to become vibrant, young, and strong but it is rapid industrialization and commercialization that alters our perfect nature.
Nutrition is both Science and art. In this Personalized wellness plan, we are going to create a diet and lifestyle that is in tune with your body needs. Every human being is unique and that is why our physical bodies are entirely different from each other. We each have a different diet and medical history. This Wellness Plan focuses on your Physical, Socio-economic, and your Emotional aspects as well.
Nutrition is Holistic in nature and is multi-faceted.
Degenerative diseases are those diseases that are developed through our unhealthy diet and lifestyles that we formed from our habits.
One of the leading causes of mortality in the world is Stroke or Cerebrovascular disease. It is Cerebrovascular Disease Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. CVDs are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease, and other conditions. Four out of 5CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, and one-third of these deaths occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age. (WHO, 2020)
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition where there is a persistent rise in blood pressure. The heart pumps blood towards the body, each time the heart pumps it creates pressure against the walls of our arteries. The higher the pressure, the harder the heart has to pump. It is the same analogy with pumping water out of our house faucets through our garden hose. There is the pressure created there between the water and walls of the hose. The greater the supply of water from the faucet, the higher is the pressure. At the same time, the lesser is the surface circumference of the hose, the higher is the water pressure. As we age, certain factors affect our blood pressures.
The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several things may play a role, including:
- > Smoking.
- > Being overweight or obese.
- > Lack of physical activity.
- > Too much salt in the diet.
- > Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
- > Stress.
- >Older age.
- > Genetics.
- > Family history of high blood pressure
- > Chronic kidney disease
- > Adrenal and thyroid disorders
- > Sleep apnea
1.13 billion people worldwide have hypertension. Hypertension is a serious medical condition and can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney, and other diseases. It is a major cause of premature death worldwide, with upwards of 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women - over a billion people - having the condition. The burden of hypertension is felt disproportionately in low- and middle-income countries, where two-thirds of cases are found, largely due to increased risk factors in those populations in recent decades.
In this plan, we are going to defy the odds by following a structured healthy diet and lifestyle.
Personalized Wellness Plan Goals:
- To achieve healthier and normal blood pressure through a healthy diet with the principles of portion control, variety, balance, and moderation and through a healthy lifestyle with less stress and anxieties.
- To achieve a healthier body weight status through active lifestyle or physical therapy and behavior modifications.
- To attain total body vigor and energy by eating a balanced and healthy diet.
There is indeed hope in Stroke and Hypertension, depending on the severity of the case. But every disease can be managed by combinations of diet therapy and lifestyle and behavior modification.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step as a wise man once said. If you or your loved ones have hypertension or its complications such as stroke or heart diseases, remember that you are not alone in this journey. We are all in this together.