Eat. Sleep. Work. Essential aspects of life we’re all familiar with. Having any one of these off track can mean big problems. Yet it can be difficult to get everything right, especially when so much of what might be wrong is going on inside of us.
Bio-hacking expert Dave Asprey has been using his own body as a walking laboratory for years to find out how to best optimize his health and performance. In our webinar last month he teamed up with WellnessFX CEO Jim Kean to offer tips and techniques that anyone can use to obtain laser focus, better sleep quality, and less body fat.
What do you do when you have relationships with several awesome individuals with so much knowledge to share, and an equally awesome community of active learners? Well, you bring the two together, of course!
WellnessFX is doing just that in a series of webinars starting next month. The Optimal Health Webinar Series will feature some of the hottest names in health, fitness, and prevention. Here’s who you can look forward to:
Our first of the series, Nutrition at the Cellular Level, will be with health innovator and author Ashley Tudor. Fresh off the release of her new book Sweet Potato Power: Smart Carbs, Your Body Your Rules, she’ll talk with us about the pillars of optimal health – food, hormones, inflammation, and activity. WellnessFX CEO and Founder Jim Kean will moderate. You will be able to ask questions during the event, or you can send them beforehand via Facebook, Twitter, or comment right here on the blog!
Optimal Health Wellness Series: Nutrition at the Cellular Level will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00AM PT.
In the 50s and 60s the American government went on a campaign against dietary fats. Representatives of the American Heart Association appeared on national television to inform the general public that the consumption of butter, lard, eggs, and beef leads to coronary heart disease.
The man responsible for this movement was Ancel Keys, an American scientist who dedicated his life to studying the effects of diet on health. He conducted the Seven Countries Study, which followed more than 10,000 men spread out over the United States, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, and Japan. Over 40 years, the study found that the risk and rates of heart attack and stroke was related to the level of total serum cholesterol. Dr. Keys concluded that saturated fats (like those found in butter) were responsible for these results. Sounds good, right? But there’s just one thing . . .
For early humans, most of their day was spent outside in the sun with copious amounts of UV-rays for vitamin D synthesis. Today, however, more and more people work indoors under artificial lighting. Even when people do spend time under the sun, many wear enough clothing or sunblock to prevent the production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an important role in all tissues of the human body, so insufficient amounts may cause issues with the heart, brain, muscles and intestines. In fact, studies have shown a correlation between vitamin D supplementation and reduced inflammation, a decrease in cancer risk, and improved cardiovascular health.
It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. You’ve been at your layover for five hours, waiting for a delayed flight. You have a presentation at 9 o’clock sharp. You’ll make it, but there won’t be time for sleep. The last thing you want is to give a sluggish, tired presentation, or to look like you just dragged yourself out of bed after a restless night. So what can you do?
You’ve seen it before. The cranky five-year-old who won’t sit still. The kid on a sugar-high one second and whining for more the next. We point fingers to the parenting, or excuse as inevitable bumps in the road towards maturity. Yet, can we really recognize how much what we eat can affect our energy levels, mood, and overall functionality without considering that maybe, just maybe, our kids work exactly the same?
Think of your children like a house in development, where the carpenter will use whatever materials and tools you supply, no matter the quality. You don’t want your home to be built with moldy wood, crooked nails, and plastic doors, but if that’s all you supply, what else can you expect? Just like the carpenter, your kid’s body can use only what’s given. Unlike a house, however, your child has to live with this body for the rest of his or her life. Here are a few tips and guidelines to supply your child with the right tools to build a sustainable foundation, while satisfying their tastebuds as well!
Organic eggs and organic bacon is a great breakfast. Make sure not to overcook the eggs – you want the yolk still runny or else you risk supplying your child with oxidized cholesterol, which is never a good thing!
Split open a young tai coconut, cut it in half, and scoop out the soft inside to make a bowl. Fill with frozen blueberries and say ‘Your Welcome.’
Bring organic butter to spread on gluten-free crackers (we recommend Mary Organic Crackers) or fruits during road-trips. Healthy fats will slow digestion and keep your child satiated for longer.
Mix some ground cocoa with stevia and almond butter. It has all the health benefits of raw cocoa, minus the processing plus just enough yummy. Your kids will love it!
With a little time, research and thought you can build a foundation for your child to lead to a healthy, happy life. Just consider the improvement in behavior and temperament a welcome bonus!