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Health and Longevity of Children Threatened by Lifestyle Choices

Posted: November 16, 2015
By: Dr Rob Rosenbaum

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According to the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, 50 % of the babies born since the year 2000 are expected to live over the age of 100. Additional research is concerned that our current generation of children may be the first in recent history to see their life expectancy go down.

How can this be? Doesn’t it seem like a contradiction to see so many children living longer while their overall life expectancy goes down?  The answer is sad yet simple in that the other 50 % of children are expected to die younger and sicker than ever, not because of their genetics, but because of unhealthy lifestyle choices.

It is not rocket science to understand the connection between lifestyle choices, quality of life and longevity. A healthy life requires a lifestyle that includes healthy food, exercise, strong social circles and a healthy spine and nervous system (all are part of The 100 Year Lifestyle) as well as avoiding destructive habits such as smoking and excessive stress. On the other hand, a 50 to 60 year lifestyle includes unhealthy eating with excessive sugar, calories, sitting, lack of exercise and an unhealthy spine and nervous system.

Are you raising your children to live a 60 year lifestyle or a 100 Year Lifestyle? You will often hear people say as they get older, after they are diagnosed with diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, that “these diseases run in my family.” While there is a genetic component to these conditions, it is actually a small component. These diseases are mostly lifestyle diseases. Based on the lifestyle in which your children are being raised, they are either inheriting the lifestyle habits that contribute to a 60 year lifestyle or they are inheriting the lifestyle habits that contribute to a healthy, active, positive, productive 100 years and beyond.

If you have not been healthy and you are ready for a change, it is not too late for you. Many people who have lived from crisis to crisis have become tired of this roller coaster ride. Because of the amazing ability of your body to adapt and heal, it is never too late to take care of your spine and nerve system and adjust your lifestyle. 

Begin shopping in stores that sell organic food. Fill up your shopping cart with fresh fruits and vegetables, quality meats and whole grains. Avoid foods like cookies, cakes and cereals that are high in sugar and avoid white flour whenever possible. 

Turn off the TV and the video games and get outside with your family for walks or bike rides. Go to the gym and to your chiropractor together. 

In 1903, Thomas Edison said, "The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." The future is now. Do your part by making 100 Year Lifestyle choices so you and your children are healthier today and can enjoy good health and a sensational century now and for 100 years. If you are in the Crosby, Huffman, Baytown, Highlands or Dayton area give us a call today and schedule your visit for the Chiropractor!