"Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves." - Albert Einstein
Einstein may have been talking about finical wealth when he called us dollar chasers, but many of us squander our true wealth – our health.
We’re in debt in America.
Over $21.8 trillion in debt.
But that shocking national debt is a drop in the bucket compared to the sleep, health, and time debt we carry on our balance sheets.
What’s more is that our health habits are draining our pockets at a record pace.
We spend more in America on health care than any other first world country, yet we are one of the sickest nations.
It’s time we start to value one of our greatest assets and care for it.
Our health is possibly even more important that our financial well-being because it allows us to truly enjoy life, connect with others, and have the energy and zest to achieve our goals.
Without health financial wealth becomes irrelevant.
Here are five ways to see just how wealthy you are when you have optimum health.
1. If You Have a Healthy Gut, You’re as Rich as King Midas
Your gut has to process all the macro and micronutrients that you ingest, as well as fight foreign pathogens like viruses and bacteria. A healthy micro-biome obtained through proper eating and the use of probiotics as well as maintained with herbal remedies like papaya leaf extract, is like biological gold.
Not only does your gut help to maintain a balanced flow of hormones in charge of your satiety (like ghrelin) and happiness (serotonin and oxytocin),  but ancient texts in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda say that your gut accounts for 90 percent of your overall health.
Your gut is essentially your body’s immune system and is so intelligent that it has been called the second brain.
2. If You Get 8-9 Hours of Sleep Every Night That’s Money in the Bank
Sleep debt is a real problem in America and many other “civilized” nations. The Centers for Disease Control Say that 1 in 3 people don’t get enough sleep at night.
If you are one of those rare people, then count yourself extremely wealthy. Every night of quality sleep you get is like filling up a bank account for your future health.
Good sleep is an absolute cornerstone of good health. Here’s why:
- Quality sleep keeps you from getting fat. In an extensive review, children and adults who lacked sufficient sleep were between 55% and 89% more at risk of becoming obese. You can eat ten gallons of kale, but without proper sleep, you’re altering your endocrine system and causing your body to function extreme stress. This causes a cascade of physiological changes that lead to you craving sweets and carbs to replace lacking serotonin and other hormones which make you feel happy, energized and satisfied after eating a healthy meal.
- Good sleep improves your concentration and mood. Your cognitive abilities decline fast after just one night of missed sleep, however, consistent sleep can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on any mental challenge. Your mood is also much better after a great night’s sleep – as you’ve probably noticed first hand.
- Good sleep improves your athletic ability (translation: your commitment to a workout regime). When you sleep well at night you are much more likely to have the energy and desire to exercise during the day - another vital aspect of great health.
- A restful night’s sleep can even increase your total life span. 
3. If You Exercise, You’re Prolonging Your Life and Decreasing Aging Speed
If you are one of the millions of people who consistently workout, you’re saving thousands on anti-aging.
And even though exercise creates free-radicals, thought to be the source of aging, the body is intelligent. It has many countermeasures that help to reduce oxidative stress when we are active. These counter-measures also happen to reduce aging in other ways.
Exercise protects against health issues our bodies fight to deal with.
4. If You Eat a Healthy, Organic Diet, Your Health is 80% Better than Most of the World’s
Consistently eating organic food reduces some of the most dangerous toxins your body can exposed to.
When you eat organic, you may pay a little up front, but it is an investment in your long-term health. Why?
Organic food has fewer heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, petroleum based fertilizers, and hundreds of environmental toxins. This makes you rich physically because your body doesn’t have to work so hard to get rid of the toxic overload caused by exposure to foods that contain these toxins.
5. If You Have Access to Quality Supplements Then you’re Loaded – Really
Even if you eat organic food, our soil has become so depleted that the healthiest foods don’t contain the same nutrient density that they did even 50 years ago.
If you supplement with high-quality herbs like Graviola Soursop leaf tea, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, and others, you are replacing essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients which are missing from even the best diets in the modern world.
Supplements help boost cellular regeneration and overall health. If you can take just a few quality supplements every month, consider yourself rich because of all the things they do to help promote vital health.
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