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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.