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Do you ever lack the energy and enthusiasm to get out of bed and off to work in the morning? Whilst working from your computer all day, do you suffer from a bad back, stiff neck or headaches? And does the need to balance career, finances and relationships, ever get you stressed and overwhelmed?

If any answer is yes, you’re not alone!  We’re all working harder than ever and it’s having a massive impact on our health. Fortunately there is a way to get our energy back, prevent pain and get on track to a compelling future without getting stressed.

The first step is acquiring knowledge; despite the confusion and contradiction pumped around by the media, and the shock factor of celebrity health gurus competing for TV ratings, it’s not rocket science.

What follows is a snapshot of typical challenges professionals face in today’s competitive working environment, along with the consequences to our health.  You’ll need to invest about 10 minutes to read through it all, so please give yourself this time now, or schedule it for later today.  We then provide some tools to help you turn things around.

Principles Behind Great Health

Correct Breathing

Often on the go, it’s easy to forget to BREATHE! Oxygen, however, is fairly critical given that we’d be dead without it in around 3 minutes (except Michael Phelps and David Blaine of course). Amazingly, most of us shallow breathe 80% of the time!

Deep breathing is the only way to stimulate our lymphatic system, which relies on muscle contractions from the stomach to move internal waste around so that it can be eliminated. Early signs of too much lymph (waste) inside us include low energy, lack of concentration and colds. A cold is the body trying to rid excess lymph, which is the perfect breeding ground for disease.

Staying Hydrated
It’s easy to load up on coffee, tea and fizzy drinks during the day, it’s also tempting to knock back half a bottle of wine or a few beers in the evening as a way of ‘letting off steam’.

These are all diuretic, meaning we pee out more out than we take in. Just a 2% drop in our body’s requirements triggers warning signs: dry mouth, thirst, tiredness, lack of the need to wee, dry lips, flaky skin, migraines. Being dehydrated depletes many complex processes including: saliva production, joint fluid, digestion, blood and lymph circulation, temperature etc.- which can all result in damage to organs, muscle tissue and bones. It’s therefore a good idea to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Use of Quality Foods
Lunch at a desk is becoming the norm, so it can be a challenge to make sure we’re getting the correct amount of nutrients we need: potassium, zink carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes etc. Unless we’ve studied biochemistry and nutrition in any depth, it’s all a bit confusing and therefore easier to give into the donuts making their way around the office.

Along with oxygen and water, we need nutrients to stay alive. However, poor quality control at the door (our mouth) means many of us are over-fed and under-nourished. Reaching for the anti-acids or IBS tablets is just masking the route cause, which ignored over time lead to many horrible problems (osteoporosis and caner just being two).

Regular Exercise
Not easy when sat at a desk all day and or finishing late. Even if we do manage some activity, many of us make the mistake of exercising for fitness, not for health.

A sedate lifestyle puts a strain on all our systems: nervous, muscular, skeletal, circulatory, digestive, lymphatic, hormonal etc., resulting in bigger bellies and smellier farts (and much worse).

Strengthening the Core
Working from a computer all day often leads to pain and stiffness in the lower back (lumbar) and problems like RSI. Our musculoskeletal system is a complex series of bones, muscles tissue and nerves, which plays a major role in blood flow and protecting vital organs.

As well as pain and stiffness, poor circulation means we starve ourselves of the three things that enable self-repair (oxygen, water and nutrients) – especially in the regions already damaged (lower vertebra’s and disks). Pain killers, back treatment and operations are all very well, but often don’t address the route cause of the problem, so aren’t a permanent fix and the problems comes back!

Resting and Relaxing
The easy bit? Not always in today’s hectic world. Starting from the commute to the office, we often draw upon adrenaline throughout the day, which causes a powerful chemical reaction that increases our heart rate to get more blood and glucose into our muscles. Stimulants like coffee, fizzy drinks and biscuits give us an energy rush but leave an acid ash inside us.

Too much adrenaline takes its toll on our adrenal glands and eventually heart, arteries and digestive system. Too much stress and anxiety can cause a lack of sleep, reducing the opportunity for our body to reset vital systems for defence, self-repairing rejuvenation.

Minimal Use of Chemicals
Although we can’t see them, most of us are constantly inhaling, ingesting or absorbing them all day: Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Fertilisers, Growth Hormones, Antibiotics, Ripening Agents, Colourings, Additives, Sweeteners, Preservatives, Waxes, Hydrogenated Fats and Oils, Methanol, Mobile Phone Signals, Wifi…the list goes on and on.

Whilst labelled ‘safe‘ by the companies who profit from selling them, a few individual tests on mice isn’t the same as the accumulative affect on our CNS (central nervous system). Allergies, birth defects and cancers have all been linked to over exposure of these chemicals,

Focus and Productivity
To-Do lists are not a sufficient tool in today’s information-rich environments. Just like the RAM of a computer, our brains only have a certain amount of short term memory before becoming full up – resulting in stress and overwhelmed. Tools such as email, SMS, IM, VM, mobile phones, Facebook, Twitter etc., can reek havoc on our productivity levels if not used carefully.

Stress is huge problem for many of us, and we’ve developed some poor coping mechanisms such as comfort eating and binge drinking. Ironically, these activities cloud our mind further still, making us even more stressed.

Vision and Purpose
Many of us set goals each year but fail to make any significant progress towards them. Without a regular reminder of what we want from life, we’re unlikely to take necessary action to make it happen.

No vision means plodding along like a lemming, being easily controlled and influenced by our environments, especially the stuff pumped out of the TV, radio and newspapers.

So, to recap: we need to incorporate these healthy principles in order to get the following benefits:

#1 – Breathing correctly
Increases energy, improves circulation and stimulates our internal waste system.

#2 – Staying fully hydrated
Replaced lost fluid and cleanses internal organs like the liver, kidneys and colon.

#3 – Using mainly quality fuels
Provides all the essential nutrients we need for energy, cellular growth and repair.

#4 – Exercising aerobically a little everyday
Increases our metabolism speed, burns unwanted fat and helps us sleep at night.

#5 – Strengthening our core musculoskeletal system
Prevents pain and stiffness, helps burn calories and makes us look more sculpted.

#6 – Relaxing when we can and recharging fully every night
Supports our immune system, enables a greater perspective and keeps things fun.

#7 – Minimising the amount of dangerous chemicals we consume
Significantly reduces intake of toxins and subsequent risk of allergies and disease.

#8 – Boosting productivity and staying focussed on the things that matter
Achieves faster and better results, reduces stress and negates the need to binge.

#9 – Creating a compelling vision for our future: career, family and finances
Keeps motivation high, makes us better people and improves the world we live in.

Great, so how do we do this? Here’s a 3 point plan:

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