By Dr. Jill Wade and Dr. Kelly Martin
John was accustomed to having superhero status with his family, friends and business colleagues. He was handsome, strong, witty and had been a motivated executive in his company for many years. Recently, as he was leaving a long day at work, he caught a glimpse of his reflection and was shocked at what he saw. He was unable to recognize the defeated, unhappy, overweight and tired version of Superhero John.” He felt the weight of the world on his shoulders but was completely unmotivated to do anything about it. So he began to wonder: Is perception the reflection of what is going on inside you?
Are you aware of how others perceive you? Are you reflecting health, vitality, strength and mental sharpness? The message you are sending out to the world may not be the one you would like. Your mind, body and spirit are intricately connected and when well-balanced, you are at your best. These days so many productive, hardworking business people are feeling the effects of long-term stress: weight gain, lack of motivation, less energy, more irritation, less loving and less tolerance.
Remember you only have one chance to make a great impression; sometimes perception is everything. You are your best asset and you may need to take time to focus on the superhero in you.
Which superhero are you reflecting?
Superman. The ultimate hero is sharp, clear thinking, loving, energetic, fit and ready to help others. Success seems to come easy in both his career and home life. His stress and sex hormones are in balance; he exercises regularly and practices great nutritional habits. Superman sleeps deeply and soundly, waking up refreshed and ready to save the world. He is able to balance his drive and motivation with kindness and patience to his employees. Those that work with him admire and respect him. He makes sound decisions and facilitates the growth of his company.
The Hulk. You wouldn’t like this hero when he is angry. He experiences rage at the smallest things, flying off the handle at work and at home. He is struggling with weight gain around the middle, due to elevated cortisol because of high stress levels. He tries to make it to the gym consistently to work off some steam and that weight gain, but nothing seems to help. His stress glands (adrenals) are taking a beating by having to stay in fight or flight mode most of the time, and this puts him at risk for decreased immunity and increased recovery time after illness. Sometimes sleeping is a challenge if he is wired and his mind is racing, so often times he will have to rely on caffeine and other stimulants to keep him alert during the day. His employees have learned to read his mood before approaching him with problems during the workday.
Homer Simpson. As lovable as Homer can be, he is definitely lacking some Superhero qualities. He is overweight, a heavy drinker, makes poor nutritional choices, is a couch potato and unmotivated to set the world on fire at work. He has a potbelly and abrasive personality. Good thing Marge loves him. At mid-life, Homers sex hormones are starting to decline, decreasing his libido, contributing to weight gain and making him grumpy and unmotivated to get off the couch. His stress glands are probably fatigued due to poor nutrition, drinking and lack of exercise. His co-workers are fond of him, but often will circumvent him when trying to finish a product due to his lack of motivation.
Austin Powers: He is a shagadelic example of someone who has it going on internally, but his outer appearance is somewhat misleading. He may be overlooked initially for career opportunities because of his unprofessional appearance, but if given enough time, he can usually prove his worth. He is sharp, witty and brave. He has a healthy libido and for the most part is physically fit. His hormones are balanced and he manages the stress in his life with flair. He makes decent food choices and doesnt overindulge in alcohol. He sleeps well with whomever he entices into his bed. The only thing Austin needs is a power smile, haircut and a stylist! Others would perceive him as healthy and successful that much sooner with a few surface improvements.
Circle of Health
To be a superhero on the inside and outside, you need to balance your Circle of Health,” which consists of four key components: hormones, nutrition, nervous system and purification.
- Hormones. As men age, hormones like testosterone and growth hormone start to naturally decline. If these imbalances are corrected, men may have the advantage of an increased libido, maintaining leanness and muscle mass, staying sharp and focused and maintaining their edge at work.
- Nutrition. Because every cellular activity in your body requires the proper nutrients, it is very important to feed yourself healthy food and quality supplements. You have to have the appropriate fuel to operate as a superhero. For example, B vitamins are important for energy and the production of hormones. Vitamin D3 is important for immunity and fighting cancer.
- Nervous System. Proper levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine will keep moods even, tempers in check, creativity alive and those around you happy. Proper amounts of amino acids are essential for neurotransmitter production. Supplements such as 5-HTP and amino acids, along with moderate exercise can improve your neurotransmitter levels.
- Purification. A superheros world is full of toxicities. Preservatives in foods, pollution in the air, lead in paint, aluminum in deodorant are examples of toxicities in all areas of life. Alcohol and prescription/non-prescription drugs can also be considered toxins. To perform at the highest level, purification of cleansing organs like the liver and kidneys is very beneficial.
So, how are you being perceived? Are you reflecting your health or the lack thereof? You can control your reflection for a while, until age or poor health take over. It is important to put your best foot forward in this world. Perception can be critical in a job hire, promotion, sale or deal. You can still be the superhero you were destined to be by taking a few crucial steps toward health. Bring the superhero back; he is inside you, just waiting to burst out. Who knows, someone may mistake you for Clark Kent!
Jill Wade, D.D.S., MAGD, and Kelly Martin D.C., are committed to helping men and women find a natural approach to wellness. Dr. Martin and Dr. Wade are co-founders of Relevance Health, which promotes synergy between the body and the mouth as being a window to wellness and alignment.