There are precautions you need to consider regarding exposure to the sun.
Let’s talk about sunburn. We love the sun; it provides us warmth, it helps nourish us and provide food, it literally provides us life on earth. Yet even though the sun provides us life itself, it can be like that big bully down the block. Consider, comparatively speaking that the sun compared to earth is like comparing a basketball to a raisin. The difference between the two is startling. We’ve got to watch out for it. It has enormous power.
But we have the tools to combat the sun’s harmful effects on us. Number one, we have sunscreens. Let’s say you go out in the sun, and you start to burn in about five minutes, just for example. If you have an SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) of 10, you get 1/10th of the arrhythmogenic ultraviolet photons – or 1/10th of those sun rays. That means, instead of burning in five minutes, you’ll get that minimal burn in 50 minutes. Just an SPF of 10 is a huge help.
Would you believe me if I told you that at a glance, I could predict your future health? No, I’m not an all-seeing or all-knowing deity of any sort, just a man armed with a medical degree and a heck of a lot of experience in battlefield operating rooms and in some extremely busy emergency rooms. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t want to see. I’ve seen dying and dead men and women, and I’ve seen, in quite a few cases, how they got into that state. I’ve seen their loving families sobbing with the loss of their loved ones. And all I’d have to do to make that determination is to take one look at someone’s body composition and the size of that patient’s waist.
If a patient was in the hospital because of issues related to heart disease or stroke or cancer or complications from diabetes, all I’d need to do is look at the patient’s waistline and I’d know the underlying cause without any blood work being done, or a CT scan or an MRI. I could tell you with certainty that obesity was a profound underlying cause of the state of ill health they’re in.
Medical school gave me a very fundamental lesson regarding body fat: Fat on the outside = fat on the inside (visceral fat), surrounding and choking internal organs. Obesity is the core element in many of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. as listed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And it’s an underlying cause in all of the diseases I just mentioned. That’s right – even cancer. Obesity increases levels of the hormones estrogen and insulin circulating in the body, which can stimulate cancer growth.
Obesity is the key element we need to focus on fixing as a nation to improve our overall health and longevity.
We need to feed, care for and maintain those inner armies if we expect ourselves to be ready and clear-headed to lead and function effectively under pressure or in a crisis situation. When that grenade flies into your world and goes off— no matter what world you’re living in, whether it be corporate, small business, hospitality, medical, personal, whatever — you’ve got to be ready. You’ll only be ready if you keep your inner army strong.
Nutrition, exercise and sleep are key to keeping your inner army strong. But time is limited. We all have only 24 hours in a day to accomplish things. So how do you maintain your body to perform maximally under pressure? How do you maintain your peak performance?