The Battle for Balance

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.

My 13th book, Best Future You, will be released on Feb 1!

Until then, I’m keeping the price at $3.49 – less than the cost of a grande latte! (it’s also FREE if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member)…after that, the price goes up to $9.99 – so get it now!

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be I’ll be posting excerpts from the book and blogging frequently about the main concept in the book – which is the idea of harnessing your body’s internal cellular biochemistry to achieve true balance in body, mind, and spirit – and in doing so, help you to become your “Best Future You” in terms of how you look, how you feel, and how you perform on every level.

Chapter 1 – The Battle for Balance

If you think about the modern world in which we live, you’ll realize that we’re surrounded by almost countless sources of stress. The sources of stress in the modern world are all around us – externally from the environment; internally from our own metabolism; and bombarding us from every corner.

Consider some of the major sources of stress:

  • Emotional stress from work deadlines, bills, traffic, relationships
  • Physical stress from normal aging, sleep deprivation, lack of exercise (or too much)
  • Environmental stress from air/water pollution, sunlight, secondhand smoke, and myriad toxins lurking in our foods, cosmetics, and other products
  • Non-Optimal Diet such as too many processed foods and inadequate nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables

If that news weren’t bad enough already, we also have to consider that our bodies naturally produce highly reactive molecules known as free radicals as a normal part of metabolism (converting food into cellular energy). These free radicals can create a unique type of internal cellular stress that accumulates as we age.

In many ways, we need to accept the fact that our exposure to stressors that can unbalance cellular biochemistry comes from myriad external sources, but also from internal ones – and that they’re all around us and unavoidable.

Since this is the world we live in, we need to use as many tools as we can to protect us – and luckily, the natural world has also provided us with numerous tools to both protect and repair our unbalanced cells and realize our best future selves. But, before we can fight that fight, we need to know what we’re up against – and knowledge about free radicals and cellular stress is the first step in preparing for the fight.

Thanks for reading – tune in next time for the section about the Free Radical Theory of Aging & Disease…
Shawn M Talbott, PhD, CNS, LDN, FACSM, FAIS, FACN
Nutritional Biochemist and Author


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The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy
Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic
The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House)
The Cortisol Connection Diet – The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House)
Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House)
Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books)
The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012)
A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press)
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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