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many peo­ple were in need of a leader to help them find a sim­ple and prac­ti­cal ap­proach to healthy liv­ing. In my grow­ing chi­ro­prac­tic prac­tice, I was help­ing ad­just their spines, re­mov­ing struc­tural in­ter­fer­ence and im­prov­ing the ner­vous sys­tem. Many of my clients were obese, sick, tired, stressed, and de­pressed—not to men­tion get­ting poor ad­vice from their doc­tors and tak­ing too many pre­scribed drugs. They needed to make a sub­stan­tial life­style change. No­body was teach­ing them about nu­tri­tion and sim­ple ex­er­cise method­olo­gies.

Af­ter years of serv­ing the needs of thou­sands of pa­tients, rang­ing from the un­health­i­est and most obese to some of the world's great­est ath­letes, I have de­vel­oped what I be­lieve is the next health rev­o­lu­tion.

My goal in work­ing with pa­tients is to show that real food tastes good and has the nu­tri­ents that our bod­ies were de­signed to thrive from. Our cells need a cer­tain set of nu­tri­ents that are the build­ing blocks of good health. Th­ese build­ing blocks in­clude pro­teins, veg­eta­bles, and fruits that have the vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, phy­tonu­tri­ents, an­tiox­i­dants, and car­bo­hy­drates that our bod­ies are de­signed to con­sume.

My sim­ply eat real foods (SERF) phi­los­o­phy is grounded in the idea that the com­plex­ity of the sit­u­a­tion has noth­ing to do with the sim­plic­ity of the so­lu­tion. By help­ing the pub­lic avoid ex­pen­sive health­care costs, bankruptcy, dis­ease, un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing, and early death, I be­lieve that this health rev­o­lu­tion will change the tra­jec­tory of the health and life of the Amer­i­can pub­lic in the next decade. My aim is to in­spire, ed­u­cate, and em­power peo­ple to re­gain con­trol of their health.

Although many of my pa­tients think their con­di­tions are some­how out of reach and out of their con­trol, they si­mul­ta­ne­ously make bad life­style choices. More than 90 per­cent of their health prob­lems are self-in­duced from bad life­style habits that lead to more costly doc­tor vis­its, in­surance pre­mi­ums, and med­i­ca­tion costs.

Some­how from their doc­tors or other ed­u­ca­tors, they've formed a dis­con­nect be­tween poor health and what they put in their mouth. They think con­di­tions such as high choles­terol, high blood pres­sure, and heart dis­ease are hered­i­tary. They come to me not bear­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their prob­lems, but rather seek­ing the next pill, po­tion, or lo­tion to mask their symp­toms. They don't re­al­ize that re­vers­ing or vir­tu­ally elim­i­nat­ing this con­di­tion is lit­er­ally within their reach.

How­ever, the cur­rent model is flawed. Peo­ple can be pre­scribed a drug in 10 min­utes with lit­tle fur­ther di­etary or life­style pre­scrip­tion habits in hand. A new stan­dard of care would rad­i­cally im­prove the needs of pa­tients and im­prove over­all pub­lic health. We can get back to what our bod­ies were de­signed for and build real health, not just symp­tom re­lief us­ing po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous drugs.

Although this is a co­op­er­a­tive ven­ture, it is es­sen­tially up to each in­di­vid­ual to in­vest in them­selves and their health. How is this ac­com­plished? It starts with a few ba­sic ques­tions.

The sim­ple truth is that the fur­ther any­thing gets from its nor­mal, nat­u­ral state, the more po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous it is for one's health.

Real nu­tri­ent-dense foods are ones that are grass-fed, free-range, or­ganic, non-GMO, an­tibi­otic-free, and with no growth hor­mones added. Th­ese in­clude things we eat ev­ery day: meat, veg­eta­bles, fruits and berries, nuts, beans, and seeds. Know­ing what to avoid is equally im­por­tant: fake food, junk food, pro­cessed food, fast food, col­ored, dyed, and chem­i­cally al­tered food, and those foods with re­fined carbs and sug­ars. Th­ese are the foods that are wreak­ing havoc on our health and fu­ture.

It's en­cour­ag­ing that mil­lions of peo­ple are al­ready in­vest­ing in their health and chang­ing their bod­ies. Not only will you give your body the nec­es­sary nu­tri­ents it needs to be healthy and thrive, but you will also be­gin to feel bet­ter, look bet­ter, have more en­ergy, and spend less on drugs, in­surance pre­mi­ums, and doc­tors.

In ad­di­tion to im­prov­ing your body phys­i­cally, I also urge you to think about what else is im­por­tant to you: Break th­ese ar­eas into spir­i­tual life (faith or pur­pose); fam­ily life (re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships); phys­i­cal health life (nu­tri­tion, ex­er­cise, and fit­ness); func­tion and per­for­mance (nerve sys­tem, and stress and time man­age­ment); fi­nan­cial life (fu­ture, fo­cus, and vi­sion); pro­fes­sional life (ca­reer and ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment); recre­ational life (hob­bies, fun, and travel); and com­mu­nity outreach (serv­ing, vol­un­teer­ing, mis­sion, and pur­pose).

Think of the ar­eas you value most— like the rows you would care for the most in a gar­den. We need to tend and cul­ti­vate and in­vest in th­ese ar­eas just like a gar­den, oth­er­wise it withers away and never truly reaches its full po­ten­tial. In­vest in th­ese ar­eas, which are im­pacted by your most im­por­tant in­vest­ment: your health. Un­for­tu­nately, the row that we typ­i­cally ne­glect, and in which we in­vest the least amount of time, money, fo­cus, plan­ning, and at­ten­tion, is our health. If it de­te­ri­o­rates too much, it will also im­pact ev­ery other as­pect of your life. When you lose your health, you lose every­thing.

Imag­ine if we could teach a whole younger gen­er­a­tion about eat­ing real and whole foods; teach them to eat smart early in their lives. Think of all the bad things they would never have to ex­pe­ri­ence. Step by step, it's our way of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and chang­ing the world for the bet­ter.

Em­mett Blah­nik, DC, BS, is the CEO and founder of Next Level Health, LLC, and op­er­ates some of the largest nat­u­ral health clin­ics in the na­tion. He is the author of Sim­ply Eat Real Foods and an of­fi­cial chi­ro­prac­tor for Olympic teams. Dr. Em­mett prac­tices with a pas­sion to in­spire, mo­ti­vate, and ed­u­cate ev­ery in­di­vid­ual he meets to ful­fill their po­ten­tial in health and life. Learn more at sim­plyeatre­al­foods.com.

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