We are all built to survive hardship thanks to a unique, operational mode, called the stress response. The stress response allows the body to put more energy towards surviving a threat by diverting energy away from bodily maintenance and repair. If this response remains activated or is slow to normalize, chronic inflammation develops leading to disease and systemic breakdown.
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Healthy weight is a byproduct of a healthy gut and balanced hormones. When the body is stressed, it produces too much of the stress hormone cortisol resulting in weight gain. Intermittent fasting, adding healthy fats, and subtracting simple carbohydrates combined with proper gut protocol, will eventually result in a healthy body weight. It is possible to look good and feel good when a healthy weight is reached.
Heart disease is an inflammatory disease not caused by eating fat, but by eating the wrong kinds of fat. Refined sugar and processed simple carbohydrates in various forms must be managed as well. Another truth is that cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Statin drugs have dangerous side effects and can be ineffective without proper lifestyle changes.
Today, 4 out of 5 Americans know someone with a chronic disease — and most often it’s someone with cancer. But what can you do about cancer and is there a way to prevent it? Stress activates cancer cells that are present in all human bodies. Most cancers are a result of lifestyle choices like obesity, smoking, unprotected sex, drug use, or eating processed foods that are known carcinogens. Limiting sugars and simple carbohydrates is an important step in cancer prevention — along with avoiding known carcinogens like tobacco products, nitrates and nitrites in cured or smoked meats, and starchy foods that have been fried in certain hot oil.
The gut is called the second brain in the body, as it feeds every other bodily system, including our brain. When your gut is healthy, your entire body is healthy — both physically and mentally! Stress on the body creates a “leaky gut,” allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream and travel to all parts of the body. The immune system is then activated and starts attacking these “foreign invaders.” As a result, Inflammation is produced, creating chronic pain, weight gain, and a whole host of other health issues. The smallest leaks repaired through the UHA program can have the biggest effects on your life.
There is NO drug or chemical that can compete with what calculated movement can do for your body and mind. Certainly daily movement reduces and manages stress, chronic pain, depression, insomnia, constipation, and fluid retention. It reduces blood pressure and keeps you young by seeding the brain with brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) and the body with human growth hormone (HGH). Get moving!
Episodes of acute inflammatory reactions in diseases like asthma, Crohn’s, sinusitis, hepatitis, rosacea, and heart disease are almost always due to an underlying chronic inflammation in the body caused by stress. By reducing dietary and environmental toxins, you can break the inflammation cycle that causes or exacerbates these conditions.
The first three years of a child’s life set up their gut microbiome. Overuse of antibiotics changes that landscape, setting them up for allergies, digestive issues, weight gain, and chronic illness in adulthood. Eating too much sugar and processed foods stresses young bodies and sets them up for chronic inflammation and disease. Exercise — playing physically outdoors in sunshine and fresh air will bathe your child’s brain in stress relieving hormones, make his moods more even, and improve their concentration and behavior at school.
For women AND men, hormones are powerful chemical messengers that send signals throughout your body to regulate both physiology and behavior by way of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-gonadal-and thyroid pathways. When your gut is compromised from stress it gets “leaky,” and allows toxins to enter the blood stream and cross the blood/brain barrier causing inflammation and hormonal imbalance. When hormones are imbalanced, life is not the same!
Mental health issues start with an unhealthy gut that allows toxins to invade the brain. Oftentimes a deficiency (not enough) or toxicity (too much) of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, GABA, norepinephrine, and enkephaline create the symptoms of mental disease. These neurotransmitters can be balanced with a healthy gut, correct spinal alignment, movement and a balanced way of eating.
Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused, causing your own tissues to get caught in friendly crossfire. Chronic stress and subsequent chronic inflammation cause this type of confusion. Gut health is integral to treating any autoimmune disease, as is lowering levels of stress and inflammation.
Nerve disorders are a result of different stressors on the brain and central nervous system. Genetic, developmental, degenerative, and infectious stressors lead to “short-circuits” in the body’s electrical system originally created to provide energy to the entire body. The 12 Steps of UHA provide the best strategies to cope with all neurological disorders from migraines to MS.
Unhealthy Anonymous provides training modules on a variety of topics. As you master each of the 12 Steps, you understand how to heal your body. You’ll begin to adapt to – and recover from – daily stress.
These modules are available for purchase individually or as part of a 12 month program. Each of the modules on this page are included as part of the first year of UHA training.