The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the Bible, in Revelation chapter 6, verses 1-8. The 4 horsemen are symbolic descriptions of different events which will take place in the end times. Today we face our own health version of the apocalypse, not at the end of our life, but daily, with ever increasing deleterious effects to our health, and fitness. The enemy that wages an ongoing daily destruction to our over all well being are the 4 horsemen of health: dehydration, sleep deprivation, obesity, and malnutrition. Enemy #1 Dehydration: Water makes up at least two-thirds of the human body. It plays a large part in your normal functions, such as lubricating your joints and eyes, keeping your skin healthy by eliminating toxins, and facilitating proper digestion. Once the water in your body is reduced, it needs to be replaced because an imbalance between the salts and sugar in your body can affect the way you will perform.1 If your body has lost one to two percent of its entire water content, you will feel thirsty, a sign that you need to replenish the lost liquids. Dehydration happens when you've lost too much water in your body without replacing it, preventing your body to perform its normal functions. Mild dehydration can easily be treated but if it reaches extreme levels, it can be life-threatening and will require immediate medical attention. Enemy #2 Sleep Deprivation: The Relationship Between Sleep and Health Not getting enough sleep can have profound consequences on a daily and potentially long-term basis for your health and mental well-being. We all have some sense of the relationship between sleep and our ability to function throughout the day. After all, everyone has experienced the fatigue, bad mood, or lack of focus that so often follow a night of poor sleep. What many people do not realize is that a lack of sleepespecially on a regular basisis associated with long-term health consequences, including chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, and that these conditions may lead to a shortened life expectancy. Additional research studies show that habitually sleeping more than nine hours is also associated with poor health. Insufficient sleep has been linked to a high probability for weight gain. Several studies have linked insufficient sleep and weight gain. For example, studies have shown that people who habitually sleep less than six hours per night are much more likely to have a higher than average body mass index (BMI) and that people who sleep eight hours have the lowest BMI. Sleep is now being seen as a potential risk factor for obesity along with the two most commonly identified risk factors: lack of exercise and overeating. Research into the mechanisms involved in regulating metabolism and appetite are beginning to explain what the connection between sleep and obesity might be. During sleep, our bodies secrete hormones that help to control appetite, energy metabolism, and glucose processing. Obtaining too little sleep upsets the balance of these and other hormones. For example, poor sleep leads to an increase in the production of cortisol, often referred to as the "stress hormone." Poor sleep is also associated with increases in the secretion of insulin following a meal. Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose processing and promotes fat storage; higher levels of insulin are associated with weight gain, a risk factor for diabetes. Insufficient sleep is also associated with lower levels of leptin, a hormone that alerts the brain that it has enough food, as well as higher levels of ghrelin, a biochemical that stimulates appetite. As a result, poor sleep may result in food cravings even after we have eaten an adequate number of calories. We may also be more likely to eat foods such as sweets that satisfy the craving for a quick energy boost. In addition, insufficient sleep may leave us too tired to burn off these extra calories with exercise. Enemy #3 Obesity: People who are obese, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following: All-causes of death (mortality) High blood pressure (Hypertension) High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia) Type 2 diabetes Coronary heart disease Stroke Gallbladder disease Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint) Sleep apnea and breathing problems Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver) Low quality of life Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders4,5 Bodily pain and difficulty with physical functioning. Enemy #4 Malnutrition: In the 3rd world malnutrition is characterized by not eating enough of the correct foods for nourishment. In the western world malnourishment is characterized by eating too much of the wrong foods causing malnourishment. Malnutrition, whether it is obesity or hunger, can be conquered not only in the United States but all over the world if everyone helps not only themselves but also those around them. It wouldnt make sense not to try because even if you or your family are not afflicted with some type of nutrition deficiency you still have to pay for those that are through higher insurance costs and lowered productivity in the workforce, which will cause a lower standard of living. Most people do not even realize how much this problem affects them and their entire country. If the right information and help is publicized people will understand how much of a problem malnourishment is and how it affects them personally, not just some stranger they will never meet. To come out victorious everyone needs to join forces to combat this ailment, and the world will be a better place once we have.
Written by Carter Hays.
Posted on August 14, 2017 by SpeakerMatch Speakers Bureau