The recent outbreak of the coronavirus turning into a global pandemic raises many questions including, what does this say about our global health? What can we learn from this? Will COVID-19 bring the need for overall better self-care, wellness routine and supplements to the forefront as a public health issue and a preventative measure to many current epidemics in disease? The implications are vast, and we are beginning to see that our wellness truly affects every aspect of our lives, from home life to the workplace.
The keyword here is preventative. A study by the CDC suggests as much as 40% of deaths from the leading causes in the US are preventable (heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries). Additional research suggests as many as 90% of diseases and illnesses are stress-related, including the aforementioned heart disease and stroke.
Anxiety alone affects 40 million US adults every year (almost 20% of the American population). According to the ADAA, though anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only about 37% of cases actually receive the care they need.
Though wellness supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements, can not make claims to heal or cure any ailments, there is substantive evidence supporting their assets to the human body.
We may not be able to eliminate fear, anxiety, or other significant catalysts for stress responses in the body, but regular wellness practices may make these experiences significantly more manageable for those suffering from them.
Daily supplements, regular exercise, and mental health practices are all well known and broadly accepted as essential elements to a healthy life. However in our fast-paced world, where working overtime is for many a weekly occurrence and anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic pain are taking over by storm, these widely accepted assets may need to be put to more serious use.
Though tragic, COVID-19 is highlighting the need for awareness around global mental and physical health, and the need to continue to promote preventative measures, overall balanced lifestyles and the pursuit of natural and alternative medicines and health solutions.