It’s the start of one of those work day’s that required every effort to make it to the gym. There’s the smell of coffee lingering at work mixed with the aroma of fresh bagels beside a buffet of cream cheese choices. The apples don’t have any odor but their shiny appearance jogs memory of the juicy crunch behind it’s skin. Which of these fuels the ability to focus?
Recently we did an experiment with the various fuel octane types used to fuel the SUV. The manufacturer recommended 91 octane. With 89 Octane the fuel burned faster then what 93 provided. The recommended premium octane proved to save in efficiency at four more miles per gallon.
Every vehicle manufacturer identifies what octane is optimal for vehicle performance. Claim your stake as being your body’s manufacturer.
What fuel do you know works best for your body?
There are carnivorous animals and those that thrive on plant-based diets. Dogs will graze on grass outdoors, yet also take meat from the one who feeds them. Human beings share this similarity with animals or cars. The body needs specific fuels yet indulges on alternatives.
It’s up to the individual to take a stand by choosing fuel for their unique engine.
Every body is intricately and uniquely comprised of hormones, neurons, and cells. We have different blood types, DNA, and genes. It needs the one who cares for it to be knowledgable of which fuels support optimal focus.
Fuel resources includes vigorous movement, sleep, fiber, protein, fat. The brain and body need these resources to thrive.
There are numerous ways to move vigorously each day. What matters is the source of movement one engages in is one of enjoyment. Vigorous movement studied on over 1,400,000 individuals demonstrated significant improvements in health and mortality.
There are numerous methods to gain vigorous movement. Explore them. Set goals within each. Change methods to challenge body reflexes and creativity.
Scientists gathered concrete evidence on why we’re designed to expend energy through movement. Physical activity had a 27% lower mortality rate and 15% lower odds of having metabolic syndrome (heart disease, diabetes, stroke) which effects 34% of Americans.
There’s a reason why Aetna’s CEO pays workers to sleep. In 1996 Stanford scientists pointed out sleep is necessary to re-energize the brain. Hormones, including adenosine and glycogen depend on the voluntary action of the recommended nightly 7.5 hours of sleep. Create the habit to sleep in a quiet, comfortable setting in side-lying position.
Comfort is a subjective feeling. What’s key is establishing sleep habits that foster longevity. Beware of noise, temperature, and lighting. These require brain activity.
Sleep is also a pre-designed fuel for the body. Circadian rhythm is a phenomenon that is 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.
FIBER, PLANTS, FAT
While each of these food nutrients are vastly different they are three food resources necessary for healthy organ function. We’ve explored numerous nutritional plans, diets, and programs on the market. Greatest performance and lasting results are secured when one knows their digestive system and how it works.
- Fiber (a carbohydrate) is necessary to maintain and improve the health of digestive organs.
- A plant-based diet is necessary to adopt a healthier lifestyle and low-risk intervention in prevention of chronic diseases.
- Fat is necessary for the body to absorb vitamins for healthy brain and organ functioning.
Track and calculate what fuels improved or weakened focus. This is a lifestyle activity that may take up five years to establish an optimal diet for your body. The value? Eliminate unwanted time and cost demands from future medical issues.
Our bodies are the evidence of what type of fuel is used. Past and present habits will become evident with aging ailments and medical conditions.
No better time to start than now!
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