Secret of Vigor : How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Metabolic Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy
by Talbott, Shawn M., Ph.d.







Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: What Is Vigor?1(12)
The Secret of Vigor: Biochemical Balance
2(2)
The Four Pillars of Health
4(2)
Validating Vigor: Profile of Mood States (POMS)
6(3)
The Vigor Self-Test
9(4)
PART I The Science of Vigor
13(30)
1 Chronic Stress--The Enemy of Vigor
15(12)
Stress--What Is It, Really?
17(1)
The Biochemistry of Stress
17(3)
"Stressed Out"--The Downside of Chronic Stress
20(2)
How Chronic Stress Sabotages Sleep and Saps Your Vigor
22(2)
Balancing Biochemistry and Building Vigor
24(2)
Valuing Vigor
26(1)
2 Biochemistry Drives Emotions--and Behaviors
27(16)
Brains, Biochemistry/and Behavior
28(1)
Low Vigor and High Stress? You're Not Alone
29(3)
Your Brain on Stress
32(2)
Neuroplasticity--Changing Your Brain and Behavior
34(3)
Switches and Thermostats--Adjusting Your Brain Chemistry
37(1)
Train Your Brain to Build Vigor
38(5)
PART II Restoring Vigor--The Four Pillars of Health
43(50)
3 Health Pillar 1--Manage Oxidation
45(7)
The Free Radical Theory of Disease
46(1)
Manage Oxidation to Increase Vigor
47(3)
Pillar Points to Remember
50(1)
The Pillars in Action (Vigor, Energy, and Immune Function)
51(1)
4 Health Pillar 2--Control Inflammation
52(18)
Normal Inflammation Versus Chronic Inflammation
53(2)
Chronic Inflammation--The World on Fire
55(1)
The Biochemistry of Inflammation
56(2)
How Normal Inflammation Becomes Chronic
58(2)
Chronic Inflammation and Chronic Diseases
60(3)
Control Inflammation--Naturally--for More Vigor
63(4)
Pillar Points to Remember
67(1)
The Pillars in Action (CRP, Low-Back Pain, and Depression)
68(2)
5 Health Pillar 3--tabilize Glucose
70(10)
Sugars + Proteins = Glycation
71(2)
Glycation and the Glycemic Index
73(2)
The Metabolic Memory
75(1)
To Improve Vigor--Stabilize Glucose
76(1)
Pillar Points to Remember
77(1)
The Pillars in Action (Acne, Belly Fat, and Mental Focus)
78(2)
6 Health Pillar 4--Balance Stress Hormones
80(13)
Stress Hormones Defined
81(1)
Stress Hormones in Action
82(2)
Stress and the Well-Trained Athlete
84(1)
Stress Hormones, Depression, and the Loss of Vigor
85(2)
Balance Stress Hormones--and Vigor Will Follow
87(2)
Pillar Points to Remember
89(1)
The Pillars in Action (Burnout and Overtraining)
90(3)
PART III Vigor Improvement Practices (VIPs)
93(94)
7 Vigor Improvement Practices--Stress Management and Sleep
95(15)
VIP: Stress-Management Strategies
99(5)
The Importance ofGetting Enough Sleep
104(4)
VIP: Building Better Sleep Habits
108(2)
8 Vigor Improvement Practices--Nutrition
110(13)
What to Avoid?
114(1)
What to Eat?
115(1)
Good Fat--Good Carbs
115(2)
VIP: The Helping-Hand Approach to Eating
117(6)
9 Vigor Improvement Practices--Exercise
123(18)
VIP: Interval Training Plan
125(2)
VIP: Flex Skills
127(14)
10 Vigor Improvement Practices--Dietary Supplements
141(34)
Why Take Supplements?
142(2)
Vitamins and Vigor
144(1)
Dietary Supplements and the Four Pillars of Health
144(2)
VIP: Supplements for Managing Oxidation
146(3)
VIP: Supplements for Controlling Inflammation
149(9)
VIP: Supplements for Stabilizing Glucose
158(5)
VIP: Supplements for Balancing Stress Hormones
163(12)
11 Putting Vigor Improvement Practices to the Test
175(12)
Incorporating Vigor Improvement Practices into Your Life
176(1)
Measuring Your Vigor Via the VIPs
177(2)
Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Lab Data
179(6)
Concluding Words
185(2)
Appendix A Recipes187(23)
Appendix B Inflammation and Synthetic Drugs--The Dangers of COX-2210(4)
Appendix C The Vigor Self-Test214(2)
References216(1)
Resources217(2)
Index219(9)
About the Author228


"The Secret of Vigor: How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Metabolic Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy is a proven and powerful, cutting-edge, 7-day program that can counter the effects of chronic stress to help people: - restore balance in the body -improve mental/physical energy - reduce fatigue - alleviate depression - sharpen mental focus - lose weight - manage their risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease"-





Who wouldn't like to feel good all the time? If you're looking to beat down burnout or volumize vitality, then here is another self-help book that promises well-being in terms of ample physical energy, mental keenness, and emotional equilibrium. The central concept, biochemistry drives behavior, makes sense. The trick is to balance that biochemistry. Talbott's approach involves what he labels "The Four Pillars of Health." Manage the body's inflammation, glucose, stress hormones, and oxidation. To attain a heightened state of vivacity, improve sleep, nutrition, stress management, and exercise. Talbott exhibits exuberance for nutritional supplements, herbs, and vitamins, but be cautious of some of the claims made for nutraceuticals. The book contains illustrations of yoga poses and a lengthy section of healthy recipes. Whether you call it qi, ka, prana, pneuma, or life force, everyone is looking to boost their verve. Vigor comes with a price tag consisting of regular exercise, healthy eating, and a good night's sleep. Seems like a bargain. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.






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