Peak performance is linked to epigenetics and enough scientific evidence is available to suggest that four essential elements with significant impact on peak performance and health are:
Sleeping well is a key to optimal brain performance
A lack of proper sleep is linked to lower grades in studies as it affects concentration, memory, and the ability to learn. Sleep deprivation negative affects brain functions associated with the frontal lobes which are essential for intelligence, decision- making, and abstract thought.
DNA methylation, perhaps the most widely recognized epigenetic mechanism, is implicated in the connection between sleep and the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases.
Regular exercise in everyday life
Abundant scientific research is available to support and demonstrates that moderate and regular physical activity is essential for everyone.
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps cardiovascular system work more efficiently and improve health of human organs like heart, lung and kidney.
American Heart Association recommends that all children age two and older should:
- Participate in at least 60 minutes moderate-intensity physical activities every day that are developmentally appropriate and varied.
- Frequent breaks for physical activities must be incorporated in schedule for children.
Telomeres and meditation
Telomeres are unique DNA repeats found at the ends of the genetic material-bearing chromosomes and telomere length gives an overall reading of how healthy we are and our biological age.
Elizabeth Blackburn, a biochemist has won Nobel prize winner of 2009 for her discovery and work on telomerase and impact of meditation and other factors.
Her trials on ways to protect telomeres suggest that exercise, eating healthily and social support all help to protect telomeres but one of the most effective interventions is meditation.
Tips for creating an environment to boost for peak performance:
- Leverage science of epigenetics for wellbeing and peak performance among students.
- Strive to cultivate good sleep hygiene and habits among children.
- Nutrition, a diet filled with balanced nutrients, and alkaline water support development, brain health and also immune system.
Regular moderate physical activity is essential.
- Scientific studies show that practicing meditation or mindful activities activates telomerase enzyme in our DNA, enhances our overall health and wellbeing.
A great tip for parents is to lead by example. Parents should try to be role models for active lifestyles and provide children with opportunities for increased physical activity.