It’s the start of one of those Monday’s that requires concerted effort to do things. There’s the smell of coffee lingering mixed with the aroma of fresh bagels beside the buffet of several cream cheeses. Noise levels heighten as peers huddle to collaborate. The smartphone chimes with each email and text message.
Recently we did an experiment with octane types used to fuel an SUV. Every vehicle manufacturer identifies what octane is optimal for vehicle performance. The SUV’s manufacturer recommended 91 octane. With 89 Octane the fuel burned faster then what 93 provided. The recommended premium octane proved to save in gas efficiency at four more miles per gallon.
Certain body fuels have greater performance efficiency.
Our body fuels on fiber, protein, fat, physical activity, and sleep but it also desires alternatives. Choosing fuel for the body is energy delegated towards hormone, neuron, and cell production. Different blood types, DNA, and genes require fuel knowledge for which products energize and maintain body performance.
There are numerous ways to move vigorously each day. What matters is the source of movement is meaningful. Vigorous movement in a study including 1,400,000 individuals demonstrated significant improvements in health and mortality.
Concrete evidence of why the body is designed to expend energy with physical activity includes a 27% lower mortality rate and 15% lower odds of having metabolic syndrome (heart disease, diabetes, stroke). These conditions effects 34% of Americans.
Explore which physical movement is most enjoyable then set goals within preferred methods. Changing methods challenges body reflexes and creativity.
Aetna pays their employees to sleep because they believe Stanford’s conclusive evidence it is a necessary means to re-energize the brain. Beware of noise, temperature, and lighting due to it’s cause for increased brain activity. Hormones, including adenosine and glycogen, depend on the voluntary action of the recommended 7.5 hours of sleep time.
Circadian rhythm is a phenomenon associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, and additional hormonal and body function needs. Fifty to seventy million Americans have sleep disorders, reported less than 7 to 9 hours of nightly sleep, plus difficulty performing daily tasks.
Sleep hygiene includes a quiet, comfortable setting and side-lying position. Establishing sleep hygiene fosters longevity.
FIBER, PLANTS, FAT
While each of these food nutrients are vastly different each are necessary resources for healthy organ function. Greatest performance results is secured with awareness of unique digestive system needs. Knowledge of what specific fibers, plants and fats best digest according to the uniqueness of the body eliminates costly time and medical issues.
Fiber (a carbohydrate) is necessary to maintain and improve the health of digestive organs. A plant-based diet is necessary for adopting low-risk intervention in prevention of chronic diseases. Fat is necessary for the body to absorb vitamins for healthy brain and organ functioning.
Track which foods fuel and weaken mental focus and physical exertion. Over time, most often years, an optimal diet is established for best performance abilities.
Behaviors are evidence of proper fueling. Destructive habits surface ailments and medical conditions. To initiate best practices according to necessary performance fuels schedule performance and design coaching by choosing the best service package.
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