5-Day Conference? I Think I Need a Drink…

So it’s 42 degrees Centigrade in the shade, and it’s the end of a loooong day in the middle of a corporate event. Whether you’ve just delivered a presentation, finished sittting through one, or been manning the stand on the trade show floor – what you do next could mean you either ‘nail it’ or ‘fail it’ the next day….

What are you THINKING…?

By Tim Bean –

As a business leader, you’re faced with making strategic decisions every day of the working week.

Sometimes it’s not so easy to have the clarity you need to make the most EFFECTIVE decisions for your organisation – or yourself…

What three things could you be doing from TODAY, to build a better wellbeing platform to support your own professional outcomes…?

Dude, you’re doing that wrong …

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By Anne Laing –

When travelling abroad we still see business people at the hotel breakfast buffet loading up with their morning fruit juice, in the mistaken belief they’re making a healthy choice. For sure it’s healthier than a soda, but not by much…

For a day of high productivity, performance and concentration most juices are no help to your brain health. Commercial juices contain a large amount of refined carbohydrates guaranteed to give you a concentration slump. Each 12-ounce glass of juice has about the same amount of sugar (8 teaspoons) as a 12-ounce glass of soda, even if no sugar is added.

According to Dr Mercola, international health expert, these juices may also be contaminated with mould and should best be avoided.

Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, should also be left well alone, as one of their main ingredients is high-fructose corn syrup, and others may contain large amounts of caffeine per serving.

To fire up your neurons eat a piece of whole fruit or half a cup of dark berries, which appear in their own natural, high-fibre package. Alternatively go for green or purple fresh-made smoothies, tomato juice, fresh-squeezed lemon juice with sparkling water, coconut water, mineral water, or herbal teas…!

Planning ahead, you can also grab an apple or banana from the buffet to slip in your briefcase as emergency rations for later in the day!

Keeping Your Electrics Charged…

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By Anne Laing

In the cut and thrust of corporate life we often forget that our business body is actually an electric collection of cells.

Nerve impulses are electrical energy signals creating energy fields and electrical signals all around the body.

In the brain alone there are around 100 billion and we need these to be in top condition for business.

We need good electrics….

  • For thinking.
  • For relaying information to and from our environment.
  • For controlling the internal functions of the body.
  • For muscle movement.

At the heart of every cell there is a nucleus in the centre – positively charged – and the outer cell membrane is negatively charged.

Dr Johanna Budwig* discovered that commercial processing of fats and oils destroys the field of electrons the cell membranes (60-75 trillion cells) in our bodies must have to fire and function properly, thus damaging or shutting down the electrical field of the cells and allowing chronic diseases to take hold.

A proper balance of minerals and electrolytes make up the electrically charged ions that help regulate our electrical signals. Without doubt good electrics require good food. A good place to start is by eating less C.R.A.P. (Carbonated drinks, Refined Sugars, Artificial sweeteners and chemicals, Processed grains and fast foods.)

These foods cause abnormal concentrations and imbalances of our blood mineral profiles – which can affect energy, vitality and psychological functions (such as emotions, memory, perception, learning and behaviour) – just to name a few.

You could also eat more F.O.O.D. (Fruit and Veggies, Organic protein, Oils (like unprocessed organic coconut oil, avocado oil, organic butters, macadamia or nut-based oils and butters, organic olive oil), and Drink more water.

Other external electrical stressors to our electrical circuits include:

  • Microwaves. Use only when absolutely necessary.
  • Wi-Fi, turn off at night or get your connections hard-wired into the home and office.
  • Mobile phones. Carry them away from your body and don’t keep them in your bedroom at night.
  • Cell towers. Don’t live near cell towers or heavy-duty power lines.

To make you feel fantastic, discharge regularly and shed some of that excess electromagnet pollution, try barefoot walking or running along the beach or find some grass, kick off your shoes and do a few breathing squats, or jog around a slightly damp park…!

 
*Dr Johanna Budwig (1908-2003), was a pioneer and top European Cancer Research Scientist, Biochemist, Blood Specialist, Pharmacologist and Physicist. She was a seven-time Nobel Prize nominee. http://www.cancertutor.com/budwig/

A Recipe for Myopia

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Being in business we are always glued to some screen or another.

Yet the addiction to the screen use goes beyond its attention-grabbing nature and the business of business. Screen-time creates a very near and static focal length for our eyes. The ciliary muscle in the eye relaxes when looking into the distance, and it contracts at shorter focal lengths.

Gazing at a screen for hours on end is effectively practicing constant contraction of the ciliary muscle.  Too much ‘near’ work, in the absence of ‘mid-range’ and ‘distance’ work, influences the progression of myopia (short sightedness)

Being office bound reduces time spent outside, which is also suggested to lead to myopia.

Based on epidemiological studies, Ian Morgan, a myopia researcher at the Australian National University in Canberra, estimates that children needed to spend around three hours per day under light levels of at least 10,000 lux to be protected against myopia.

When outdoors, the eye becomes accustomed to long viewing distances, and this has a protective effect. This ability was essential for primeval man to perceive hidden danger, changes in terrain and weather patterns in order to survive.

When the eye is exposed to bright light, the retina releases dopamine. Dopamine signals the eye to change from night vision, which relies on rod-shaped photoreceptors, to day vision mode.  Day vision utilises cone-shaped photoreceptors, which also provide colour sensitivity.  When there isn’t enough of the right light, this cycle gets disrupted.

Overcast days may provide less than 10,000 lux – even outdoors – but sunny days can provide much more than that, even if you’re wearing sunglasses. Indoor settings typically max out at about 500 lux, so make sure you get out of the office, and into the bright light of day as often as you can.

Nature 519,276–278 (19 March 2015) International weekly journal of science http://www.nature.com/news/the-myopia-boom-1.17120

Where Have All The Oranges Gone…?

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Orange segments are a healthy and easy-to-eat snack for children during rugby half time break (or any sport for that matter).  Oranges are loaded with vitamin C, which helps counter the effects of oxidation and stress. This marvellous fruit has fibre and carbohydrates in the right mix, and provides children with fuel and stamina.

Eating orange halves at half time will also help keep your child hydrated, as oranges have high water content – unlike lollies.

Sadly we now see coaches of junior sports teams handing out sweets and candy bars like confetti.  Concentrated sugar in the body, such as in sweets, always come with adverse biological reactions in a child’s body, whether it is obvious or not.  Visible reactions can go from a hyper-active sugar “high” – through to irrational and violent behaviour, often ending in extreme lethargy and fatigue.  Not what a coach wants to see in his or her team!

Chemical ingredients in sweets and sweet drinks (as many so-called ‘sports’ drinks are) will also cause certain children to have adverse and uncharacteristic reactions to the preservatives, colourings, flavourings and stabilisers they are laced with.

If a child’s overall diet is well balanced, there should be no adverse dental issues with eating oranges at half time – which seems to be the main argument for this shameful change.  This is one area where dentists seem united, indicating that children are far better off eating oranges or other healthy snacks rather than sweets, soft drinks, sports drinks, etc, during and after the game.

Prof. Grant Schofield explains, “I’d say most professional sports teams are now at least [consuming] low sugar or low carb. That’s not always high fat, but it’s healthy fats. Nutrition for sport is really changing fast.”

If the All Blacks have shunted sugar aside, deleting it from their training foods, why can’t this filter down to our children, the most damaged by these pseudo-foods..?

Alternative Snack Ideas for the Sportsground…

Ryvita & Peanut Butter

Almonds, Walnuts, Brazils – or trail mix (careful of children with nut allergies).

Fig Bars

Oatmeal biscuits

Organic Yogurt and berries

Bananas

Orange slices

Clementines/Mandarins

Melon skewers and slices (watermelon, cantaloupe, etc)

Apple slices

Strawberries

Apricots

Peaches

Kiwi fruit

Carrot sticks

– even Hard Boiled Eggs..!