Being in the Business of Brainpower…

Rocket Science

By Anne Laing & Tim Bean –

Back in the early days of the fitness industry we used to say “Staying in shape is simple – shut your mouth and move your legs. This isn’t rocket science.”

But hold on: this really is rocket science, as human beings are made up of incredibly complex systems, of which we are only just scratching the surface of understanding. We have systems in the body that need to be functioning optimally, as well as our mental and emotional well-being.

At ground level you have to know and apply the basics in order to prevent, what we call The Three Corporate Career Killers: ‘bail-out’, ‘burn-out’ or being ‘booted out’ from work – or even family.

The good news is that rocket science isn’t difficult for a rocket scientist. Flying a jumbo jet isn’t difficult for a jumbo jet pilot. And being a human being shouldn’t be difficult for a human being. You just have to learn how to do it and, when there is a genuine desire to take control of managing your body, it all becomes easier.

In the quest for a healthy body, one of the most overlooked areas is the brain. Studies suggest we start to lose our edge around the age of 40 when the brain shows signs of slowing. Many will experience some symptoms of mental deterioration, such as impaired concentration, short-term memory loss and difficulties learning new information.

The delicate balance of neurotransmitter production in the brain can be altered by hormone imbalances, chemical pollutants, medications or the choices we make regarding what we eat and drink.

Whenever you drink too much alcohol, or skip a nutrient-dense meal, or only ever eat starchy beige or white foods, you are not only depleting your body, but also starving your brain. It can take just a short time to see some of the effects: irritability, forgetfulness or food cravings. After many years this eventually leads to the formation of brain cell plaques and dementia.

A normal brain processes a thought at roughly one third of a second and the difference between a sharp functioning mind and senility is only a matter of milliseconds. Your brain speed is based on how quickly these electrical signals are processed. This rate is your real brain age, which can be quite different from your chronological age.

You can help safeguard against dementia, depression and other brain disorders.

How?

A healthy brain begins with a diet rich in high quality foods, low in processed grains and sugars, and your own on-going thirst for knowledge. Studies are now linking a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and brain shrinkage to those who eat a low-processed, high-plant and lean-protein diet.

This goes hand-in-hand with a suite of habits to help routine and planning. The power of eight is a good start.

8 coloured vegetables a day

8-inch plate

8 glasses of pure clean water

8 hours sleep a night, and

8,000 footsteps a day

Also:

– Avoid artificial sweeteners and MSG flavour enhancers found in many different food preparations that cause excito-toxicity within the brain.

– Add detoxifying greens such as Chlorella, Spirulina and green smoothies to detox heavy metals that affect the brain.

– Sleep. Get your 8 hours. Your brain builds up toxic waste during a busy working day. It needs restorative sleep to clean up and defrag.

– Take regular exercise. This produces greater blood flow to the brain and strengthens brain cell connections, protecting them from damage.

– Know your numbers. Keep your blood pressure, blood sugar and homocysteine in check. Balance waning hormones with bio-identical help from an anti-ageing specialist.

– Be social and connected, sure, but take time to disconnect and relax.

– Take up a hobby that challenges your brain.

– Never stop learning – go for mentally stimulating jobs that keep you challenged.

– Immerse yourself in another culture -new languages are a start. Russian, Arabic or Mandarin are the most difficult if you want to be really challenged.

– Get out of your comfort zone – challenge your business brain and seek out tough assignments. Take up public speaking!

– Manage stress – Seek out laughter and a yoga class…or the other way around (!)

What’s the link for business?

Like disease, stress manifests itself in a weakened body first and, regardless of the industry you are in, your business essentially runs on brainpower, so there’s tremendous value in protecting and preserving, what we call, your “Cerebral Capital”™. The mental capacity and function of key talent within your organisation is possibly the most valuable asset your business has.

You won’t find this on any balance sheet, yet the cost if something goes wrong – to the business, its customers and to families – is enormous. Incalculable even.

What is good for the body is always good for the brain!

There’s more information, discussion and strategic action points in our latest book “The Wealthy Body in Business” out now. Order your copy HERE

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So Who’s Going to Mind the Shop..?

By Tim Bean –

The problem of ‘Succession Planning’ is one faced by many small and family-sized businesses – but larger companies and corporations are not immune.  In fact the bigger the business, the darker the storm that looms on the horizon, threatening even the most successful firms.

As I explain below, there is a solution that may help…

PS: Has stress affected you negatively recently? To find out how you can deal better with stress, fire up energy, boost resilience and build recovery, check out our new book “The Wealthy Body in Business (Bloomsbury, London) due out April 6th!

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Running Around in Circles? What Rats Can Teach Us About Stress…

Wow – at a recent medical conference I was speaking at in Taiwan, a fascinating study came to light you really have to hear about. To save time, here’s the Executive Summary and our own conclusions:

Has stress affected you negatively recently? To find out how you can deal better with stress, fire up energy, boost resilience and build recovery, check out our new book The Wealthy Body in Business (Bloomsbury, London) due out April 6th!

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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/