The term peak performance implies optimal heath—a balanced state of wellness. But how do you know that your health is optimal?
Do you consider yourself to be a “workaholic”?
Do you enjoy high-intensity physical training but are fatigued easily?
Is stress a major component of your life?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may need more than simply a multi-vitamin for optimal health.
We all know that chronic stress can take a toll on our bodies. However, the body is not able to discern well between physical or emotional stress. Thus, they both affect our bodies similarly.
When the mind reacts to stress or perceives something as a threat, parasympathetic processes in the body shut down. The parasympathetic nervous system, often called the “rest and digest” nervous system, is the only way we recover and repair physically and mentally from stress.
If we are under chronic stress, we never fully give our bodies enough time to repair.
But what if you simply cannot remove stressors from your life at this time?
Then you’re going to need:
Adrenal gland hormonal support
Quality restful sleep at night
Relaxation techniques for stress adaption
At least these 3 concepts are needed for optimal health in high-performance lifestyles. Think of it this way—to adapt your body to stress, you must make it your friend.
Remember: Stress isn’t necessarily bad, but a strong chronic reaction to stress is.
Here’s what you CAN do:
Get adequate rest at night – focus on getting 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Cortisol levels get regenerated each night while you sleep. If you are cutting your sleep short, you’re not going to produce enough cortisol needed to sustain your energy throughout the day. Getting an afternoon crash? Your cortisol levels will likely be too low during this time of the day.
Avoid skipping meals – if you’re someone who skips breakfast, you might feel hypoglycemic at some point mid-morning. If you don’t eat sugar for energy, your adrenals will make sugar by synthesizing it from cortisol. Again, this can cause your cortisol levels to be depleted in the afternoon.
Increase your parasympathetic tone – this will counteract any sympathetic nervous stimulation. Whether you meditate, go for a walk in nature, or practice yoga poses, focus on means to calm and relax your mind, and this will allow your body to operate in a more relaxed state.
Supplement with adaptogenic herbs to heal adrenal gland tissue, vitamins such as pantothenic acid (B5), and other natural products to increase adrenal output.
Test your hormone levels – a licensed medical provider can order laboratory testing to determine if you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Adequate sex hormone levels are necessary for optimal energy, tissue healing, and post-exercise recovery.
Are you ready to reach your full potential and function with peak performance?
Contact us at 425-679-6056 and we will optimize your well-being so you don’t have to compromise your health for high-performance functioning.