If you’re ever in a situation where you’re forced to fight for your life, you want to be as fit and strong and flexible and energetic as possible.
And this begins with your overall health. Plus, if you want to get the full benefits of walking, jogging, swimming, calisthenics, weight-lifting or any other fitness regimens, you need to build on a sound, healthy body.
So today I’m going to take a break from my traditional personal security subjects so I can discuss how to optimize your health — a subject I’m fully qualified to advise you on.
Why? Because, for everything I have done and continue to do, it has been crucial for me to attain maximum performance from my mind and from my body.
I have spent a lifetime researching, developing and experimenting with numerous ways to make my body more vital, more energetic, and more resistant to stress and disease.
In short, I know how to get healthy, stay healthy and even continue to grow healthier. And now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.
A race car needs a supercharged engine and a finely tuned fuel-injection system. All that power must be channeled through a smoothly synchronized and nearly indestructible drive train, from the gearbox to the wheels. Finally, that power must be controlled by intricate electronics, exact steering, a precisely balanced frame, road-gripping tires and brakes that can stop on a dime.
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Peak-performing humans have many similarities. Their engine includes a powerful heart and lungs and a bloodstream capable of distributing great masses of oxygen. Their drive train includes muscles and a strong skeleton that connect hips, legs and feet. Their brain and nerves constitute an electrical system that beats the complexity of a space shuttle hands down.
And if you want to reach peak-performance, you must treat your body with all the care that race teams put into a NASCAR stock car. Maybe even more.
To be all it can be, your body has specific needs when it comes to food, water, oxygen, maintenance and rest. These and other factors can greatly influence your energy level. So, you must meet or exceed these needs to drive your body’s metabolic and neurological processes to the highest levels — enhancing your ability to produce better results in every facet of your life.
What could you do to get more energy out of each day? How would that affect your life and work efficiency? How could you lead a more productive lifestyle, one in which you wake up and end each day feeling like you achieved your best?
By getting your body the correct type and combination of nutrients, you can maximize your energy levels, giving you the ability to take action and produce outstanding results.
Ever hear the old adage: “You get out what you put in”? This is especially true when it comes to the human body. The goal is to maximize the efficiency of the communication within the body on a cellular level, which in turn positively affects its overall health.
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Let’s start with an understanding of the two main groups of nutrients that make up our “diet.”
The first group is known as “macronutrients.” The macronutrients are those nutrients needed in large amounts, for example: protein, carbohydrates, lipids, oxygen and water.
Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, such as muscle, bone, skin and blood. From carbohydrates you can derive the majority of your energy. And lipids (fats) can also supply energy but to a lesser extent.
Water is a very essential macronutrient that the body needs a constant supply of all day long, especially when you are physically active. Oxygen is the only gaseous nutrient we require, and it is obtained freely from the atmosphere in large amounts daily.
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The second group is “micronutrients,” which are only required in minute quantities, particularly vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals from plants. Some of the well-known phytochemicals include the lycopene found in tomatoes and the isoflavones found in soy.
Phytochemicals are considered non-essential nutrients. The human body can survive without them, but they still serve a valuable purpose by bolstering the immune system to prevent diseases. They also play essential roles in muscle growth, recovery and performance. They are also generally involved as co-factors in many vital biochemical reactions.
Now let’s talk about “antioxidants.”
Antioxidants are vital to your overall health. You see, when your body performs perfectly normal biochemical reactions, it creates rogue molecules that carry extra electrons. These molecules are often called “free radicals”.
During the reaction, these free radicals throw off the extra electrons. These stray electrons damage the walls of nearby cells, shortening their lives and sometimes causing diseases, like cancer, and premature aging. But antioxidants can protect your cells by neutralizing these rogue molecules.
- Flavonoids, like you find in dark chocolate;
- Carotenoids found in carrots;
- Resveratrol found in red wine;
- Minerals such as selenium;
- Vitamins such as A, C and E.
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Many current medical studies confirm that these antioxidants play a vital role in promoting a longer, healthier life … which is just another way to help you stay safer!
To diet or not to diet?
Every day, the media inundate you with information about diets like the South Beach Diet or the Mediterranean Diet.
There are numerous programs out there for those who want to lose weight and get healthier — like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers.
But you don’t need to follow the latest diet guru’s plan — or any complicated, pre-packaged diet plan.
You can use trial-and-error, coupled with your own instincts, to tailor eating habits that fit your metabolism and lifestyle. Just by watching your scale and what you eat, you can find a simple way to fuel your body and your mind to help you produce more outstanding results.
Are you ready to get more energy out of your day? To live healthier and feel more vitalized from waking to bedtime! Here are my nine tenets to achieving amazing health:
- Eat fewer calories.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits.
- Eat healthier, less-saturated fats.
- Drink more water.
- Practice deep-breathing exercises daily
- Make exercise a daily ritual
- Have a nutrition plan and of course base it on any limitations that you may have, such as a high A1c level or diabetes. (A1c is a test that measures how well your body controls the amount of sugar in the blood).
- Understand and control your metabolism
Am I telling you that this is the be-all and end-all when it comes to health, wellness and vitality? No. What I am telling you here is that if you understand each of these nine tenets, then you will be well on your way to attaining a healthier life — thus reducing your risks and living a safer life.
Until next time, stay alert, check your six, put your back against the wall and stay safe!