Vigor Improvement Practices (VIPs)

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

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Here’s another excerpt from my 10th book, The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance and Reclaim Your Natural Energy

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions every year are:
*Lose Weight
*Get in Shape
*Reduce Stress
*Get Healthier
*Win the Lottery

The Secret of Vigor can help you with 4 out of 5 of the most popular resolution goals, so I’ll be posting excerpts from the book for the next several weeks – so please stay tuned for each installment.

If you simply can’t wait, then you can certainly get a copy at or at your favorite library or bookstore.

Part III: Vigor Improvement Practices (VIPs)
Whether your goal is to win the Super Bowl or just clean the toilet bowl, you need to have high vigor, and you no doubt want to feel good on a daily basis. This final section of the book focuses on the “what-to-do” aspects of restoring biochemical balance to beat burnout and bring back your vigor. The next few chapters present a range of recommendations involving sleep/stress, nutrition, exercise, and dietary supplements that have been shown to work to restore biochemical balance and help people recover their desired states of high vigor. Best of all, these recommendations—which I call the “Vigor Improvement Practices” (VIPs)—not only are effective but can also be realistically implemented by virtually anyone.

My recommendation: Do as many of these VIPs as you can for one week and see how much your vigor improves. I’ve witnessed hundreds of clients enjoy phenomenal results after only seven days of incorporating these health-promoting activities into their lives. Some people will begin by focusing on exercising and getting more sleep, while others may start by taking dietary supplements and using stress-management techniques, such as meditation. After the first week, of course, you can continue the practices that work best for you and watch your vigor improve even more. Once you have read through the information on each individual VIP, Chapter 11 helps you put it all together in a chart that you can update and adapt to your own needs.

To put it very simply, the VIPs help you achieve biochemical equilibrium in your body by restoring balance in each of the Four Pillars of Health. By establishing this biochemical balance, your body is once again able to resume its natural process of tissue repair and rejuvenation. The diet, exercise, and flexibility portions of the VIPs form the foundation that promotes healthy tissue turnover throughout the entire body. Dietary supplements provide the most concentrated source of biochemical regulators and tissue building blocks that the body needs to support optimal turnover, synthesis, and repair. The combined effect of exercise, stretching, proper nutrition, and supplements results in an ideal environment to restore biochemical balance, promote tissue health, and improve vigor.

The VIPs are not only a simple and effective approach to regaining and maintaining your vigor but a new way to think about the health of your tissues and keeping the “state of repair” in your body in optimal condition. By maintaining proper balance and function and supporting the body’s vital renewal processes, the VIPs can help delay or prevent many of the degenerative conditions commonly associated with aging—including burnout, depression, arthritis, and fibromyalgia—plus many of the aches and pains that nearly everyone confronts with advancing years. The VIPs can help virtually everybody, from professional athletes to weekend warriors to never-exercisers. The main goal is for you to learn how to imbed these practices into your life each and every day to achieve and maintain a healthy active lifestyle—and enjoy a greater level of vigor!

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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