Metabolic Health & Immune Strength for a Better You in 2021

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Updated: January 6, 2021

A whopping 88% of Americans are metabolically unhealthy!  Metabolic dysfunction is thought of as abnormal regulation of blood sugars, lips or a chronic state of inflammation that leads to problems (disease) later on.  Future problems can manifest from metabolic dysfunction as weight gain, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, cognitive loss, weakened immunity and much more.

For metabolic – and overall – health, experts say to stay away from the “standard” American Diet (SAD).  The SAD dies is high in carbs, refined and processed foods and high in sugars, while being deficient in plant based nutrition.  SAD eat high quantity of food often lacking in high quality

The Dietary Guilelines for Americans 2020-2025 are about to drop any day now, but it’s time to play catchup. As a nation, we’re not meeting the nutrition recommendations from the last couple of decades of guidelines. This is how we stack up:

  • Americans are consuming too much sugar and refined grains.
  • We are lacking fruits, vegetables, seafood, dairy, and whole grains.
  • Of the veggies we do eat, white potatoes (can you say, French fries) represent over 25% of that intake.
  • Oversize portions, liberal snacking, and widespread consumption of ultra-processed, convenience foods loaded with sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats are filling us with excess calories that are ironically “empty” (i.e., not good nutrient value).
  • Ultra-processed foods account for a whopping 58% of daily calories in Americans.
  • Added sugars exceed 10% of daily calories in two-thirds of Americans age 1 and older.
  • Nutrient gaps for multiple vitamins and minerals are commonplace.

What you see on the outside might not give you the total picture.  There a folks that “look healthy and look fit” that my still have metabolic problems.  One way to get a picture of the inside is to get your blood panel sone and lipid panel. When it comes to your skin find out if your rash is a common one or a fibromyalgia rash.

Here are 10 key biomarkers of metabolic health to know, track, and optimize with the support of your physician:

  • Waist circumference: less than 88 cm (35 inches) for women and less than 102 cm (40 inches) for men.
  • Blood pressure: systolic less than 120 mmHg and diastolic less than 80 mmHg.
  • Fasting blood glucose: less than 100 mg/dL (70 to 80 mg/dL is ideal).
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c): less than 5.7% (lower is better).
  • Triglycerides (TG): less than 150 mg/dL (less than 100 mg/dL is ideal).
  • Cholesterol: LDL cholesterol less than 100 mg/dL. HDL cholesterol greater than 50 mg/dL for women and greater than 40 mg/dL for men.
  • TG:HDL ratio: ideal ratio is 1:1.
  • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT): 7 to 55 U/L is normal range (less than 25 U/Lis ideal).
  • Uric acid: less than 6 mg/dL for women and less than 7 mg/dL for men.
  • High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP): less than 2 mg/dL (less than 1 mg/dL is ideal).

When you go to your doctor – make sure the blood panel you request has these markers on them – MANY TIMES STANDARD BLOOD PANELS WON’T, so you’ll need to request a panel that includes what you want.

No matter where you are at in your path to better health, fitness and performance, the best place to start is NOW!  Start working now on improving your metabolic imbalance before chronic disease starts to erode quality of life.  Starting now to become more metabolically healthy and build a strong immune system is a must to have your best year ever – and best life ever!  Start TODAY – SEPARATE2ELEVATE!

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