Day 4 of Unleash The Power Within with Tony Robbins was all about health and energy. The entire day was focused on The 12 Master Principles Of A Vital Life: The Power of Pure Energy. In this Unleash The Power Within Review, I’m going to share what those 12 principles are and how they can make a significant impact on your life.
If you haven’t read or seen the videos yet of the previous days of Unleash The Power Within, check them out below:
Day 1 of Unleash The Power Within Review – Turn Fear Into Power
Day 2 of Unleash The Power Within Review - Turn Dreams Into Reality
Day 3 of Unleash The Power Within Review - Break Through To Your New Life
Day 4 of Unleash The Power Within – The Power Of Pure Energy
The most important factor in creating an extraordinary quality of life is energy. Your health is the most important factor, yet in a time of constant demands, we often neglect what we know is most important. In order to take your life to the next level, it’s crucial to make a commitment to living a more energized and healthy life.
In the United States alone, two-thirds of the population are overweight, 25 million people suffer from diabetes, and half of the population are on some type of prescription drug for health problems. The solution to these challenges aren’t “quick fixes”, but rather adopting a new philosophy towards health and nurturing your body on a consistent basis.
One of the things that I found interesting that Tony Robbins mentioned during the event is that the #1 thing that stops people in their lives is fear, and the #2 thing is LACK OF ENERGY. Think about it… without energy, you aren’t going to be taking any action or applying anything you learn.
Energy is not only the basis of existence, it is the fuel that makes everything in our lives real and possible.
During Day 4, it was mainly Joseph McClendon III teaching the day, along with Tony Robbins via video.
The Philosophy Of Health
First, let’s ask the all-important question: What is Health?
Well, according to the World Health Organization, they define it as:
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, or social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
At Unleash The Power Within, Tony Robbins defines optimal health in one word: ENERGY.
That leads to the next question: Where does Energy come from?
The answer is our cells.
Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells – they are the living organisms to human life. There are three things cells need to not only survive, but thrive:
Oxygen is the source of all energy in the body. This energy drives the metabolic processes in the body, such as assimilation (absorption), elimination of wastes, respiration, circulation, and digestion.
Water is the most abundant substance in the body. Water is used for the breakdown of substances, as a medium for chemical reactions, and for the diffusion and osmosis of substances.
3. The ability to eliminate its own waste.
During the event, there’s a lot of research provided based on Dr. Otto Warburg about cell respiration, along with Dr. Harry Goldblatt on how lack of oxygen destroys cells, and Dr. Alexis Carrel on the teachings of how cells can live forever. These are all studies based on Nobel Prize Winners and have all the credentials.
Now, the primary medium that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the body is the blood. The blood is the river of life – it transports oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and eliminates waste.
The body’s primary medium for eliminating waste, which all cells need to be able to do, is the lymph system. The lymph system works closely with the circulatory system as it cleans and returns tissue fluid to the blood and destroys toxins that enter the body. Your body has 3 times more lymph than blood.
Both the blood and lymph system are two vital systems of the body.
The True Source Of Disease
What causes our bodies to become ill is the accumulation of toxins in your bloodstream. While our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins, when we accumulate more than what the body is able to eliminate, we become sick or develop a disease. In fact, the disease or illness you have is your body’s attempt to cure itself. Disease is the cure.
There are four ways our bodies eliminate toxins:
2. Lungs/Respiratory Tract
4. Urinary Tract
And there are three causes for these toxins to build up in the bloodstream:
1. Taking in more than you can eliminate.
2. Biochemical Additives and/or waste and animal products (any substance your body can’t use)
3. Any overly acidic diet.
Think about it… what are all of the symptoms of disease or being sick?
- Joint pain
- Low energy
- Kidney/urinary problems
- Skin eruptions
This is your body’s RESPONSE TO POISONS!
These symptoms are your body’s attempt to get rid of the poison you put into your body. If you notice yourself experiencing any symptoms like these mentioned, it’s because you POISONED your bloodstream and your body is attempting to get rid of the toxins and waste. It’s your body’s attempt to cure itself.
This is important to understand, and I’m not going to go through all the specifics and research provided at Unleash The Power Within, but if you use your common sense, you’ll know this is accurate.
Let’s get right to the meat of the 12 Master Principles of Vital Life: The 8 Gifts & The 4 Poisons.
The 12 Steps Of Pure Energy
The 12 steps include the 8 Gifts you want to give yourself, along with the 4 Poisons you want to dramatically reduce or eliminate your intake of for optimal health and vitality.
Gift 1: The Power of Vital Breathing & Lymphasizing
As mentioned earlier, oxygen is the source of all energy in the body and is what our cells require. We can go weeks without food, days without water, but only minutes with oxygen. Optimal oxygenation of your cells through proper nutrition, fluid intake, exercise, and stress management is absolutely necessary for optimal health.
Improper breathing is a common cause of ill health. If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly. There is no single more powerful – or more simple – daily practice to further your health and well being than breathwork. ~ Andrew Weil, M.D.
Most people are shallow breathers. When you get stressed or experience certain emotional states, your breathing patterns change. People can even have a heart attack from shallow breathing. A panic attack or anxiety is caused by shallow breathing as well.
Not only that, but the lungs and lymphatic system is one of our body’s vehicles for eliminating waste. The interesting thing is, where the blood has a pump (called the heart), the lymphatic system does not. The only way our lymphatic system is stimulated is through deep diaphragmatic breathing.
That’s why it’s important to have a breathing ritual that you do everyday to stimulate your lymph system, or use something like a rebounder (mini-trampoline) that I use in my morning ritual. The key is to breathe deep from your diaphragm. One simple exercise you can do is to inhale at the count of 4, hold the breath for the count of 16, and exhale at the count of 8. Use the ratio of 1:4:2, and do this several times per day to cleanse the body of lymph.
In the video below, Joseph McClendon III is teaching us about how the lungs and diaphragm work for stimulating the lymphatic system.
Gift 2: The Power of Living Waters & Live Foods
Water is the largest component of the body. Our brains are 76% water, our lungs are 90% water, and blood plasma is 98% water. Important processes like digestion, circulation, and excretion cannot occur without water. Water carries nutrients to all vital body substances, plays a crucial role in maintaining body temperature, and helps building material for growth and repair of the body.
In the video below, Tony Robbins talks about a man named Dr. Batmanghelidj who wrote the book Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, and how he was able to treat his patients in a prison in Iran with nothing but water. Check out the video below of Tony Robbins and Sage Robbins talking about the importance of water for having more energy and optimal health.
If you are thirsty or your mouth is dry, then you are REALLY dehydrated and want to be drinking water immediately. A severely dehydrated body also produces orange or dark color urine. You always want colorless urine.
How much water do you need to drink?
Everyday you want to drink at least half or your body weight in ounces. So if you’re 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water a day. Ideally, you should never go more than 15 or 20 minutes without sipping water. In fact, part of my morning ritual is that I immediately drink a lot of water first thing in the morning, as that is when your body is most dehydrated.
One thing I learned that is interesting, is if you are hungry or starving, the first thing you should do is drink water and focus on breathing. In many cases, your body is starving water and oxygen. If you do this, the hunger will often subside.
Another important aspect of this principle is to be consuming FOODS that have water in them, such as live vegetables, fruits, and sprouts. At least 70% of your diet should consistent of water-rich foods, which allows your body to cleanse itself. The average American diet consists of about 15% water-rich foods, which is suicide. Failing to consume 70% water-rich foods means that you are clogging your body, not cleansing it.
Gift 3: The Power of Essential Oils
Having Essential Fatty Acids in our diets is crucial to our overall health, as every cell in your body requires them to function, particularly your brain, which is made up of 60% fat. Most people think of fat as bad and try to avoid it at all costs, but the truth is there a certain fats that are good for you and that you want to consume on a daily basis.
These goods fats consist of the essential fatty acids: Omega 3 and Omega 6. Your body must consume these fats to survive, as without them, the lipid membrane around your cells starts to break down.
Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for vital functions of the cells, tissues, and organs. They help increase oxidation and metabolic rate. Energy levels rise with higher stamina and decreased recovery time. They’re beneficial for skin, digestion, the cardiovascular system, elevate your mood, stabilizes your heartbeat, and there’s many more benefits!
My favourite source of essential oils, and one of the best on the markets, is Udo’s Choice Oil Blend. Udo’s Oil contains oils from fresh, certified organic flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds, as well as oils from wheat germ, rice germ, and oat germ. It has the ideal balance of Omega 3′s and Omega 6′s.
The suggested amount is to take 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of body weight each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you should take 3 tablespoons per day.
Gift 4: The Power of Alkalinity: Go Green!
There is a delicate balance of acid and alkaline that our blood must maintain that has a vital importance to maintaining your health. Balanced body chemistry and maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods is imperative. In fact, too much acidity in your body’s tissues is the cause of many types of health changes ranging from lethargy and fatigue, to obesity, and ultimately to much bigger health challenges and disease.
Just like how our body must maintain a certain body temperature, our blood must maintain a certain pH level. The scale of measuring pH (Potential of Hydrogen) is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with 0 being totally acidic and 14 being very alkaline. Neutral is 7. While different body tissues must maintain a different level of pH, our blood must maintain a pH of 7.365. Any slight variance from that and we will die, which is why our body will do anything to maintain that balance. It will even leech minerals from our bones and connective tissues in order to stabilize that pH and neutralize acids.
This is why it’s imperative to be consuming foods that alkalize your body, such as live green foods. At least 70% of our diet should be alkaline foods, including the water that we’re drinking. One little tip you can do to alkalize your water is to add lemon to it. Click here for a list of alkaline forming foods that I found on the internet.
Also, I recommend the book The pH Miracle by Dr. Robert Young which is what most of this work is based on.
Check out the video below of Tony Robbins talking about The Power of Alkalinity:
Gift 5: The Power of Aerobic Energy
Most people believe that being “fit” means that you are healthy, and that is definitely not true. There are many people that are very fit and have a great physique, but are extremely unhealthy. What’s the difference between fitness and health?
Fitness is the physical ability to perform athletic activity.
Health is the state in which all the systems of the body – nervous, muscular, skeletal, circulatory, digestive, lymphatic, hormonal, etc – are all working optimally.
The goal is to become healthy, not just fit. And I’m definitely guilty of putting fitness above health, as I’m competing in a fitness competition and working out as intensely as I do isn’t very healthy. But it’s important to make sure you put health a priority and do certain things to balance the body.
Research has shown that if you exercise consistently over a 12-month period, you will form this positive addiction for a lifetime.
The term “aerobic” means “with oxygen” and refers to the level of exercise you want to sustain over a period of time. By exercising in an aerobic fashion you are providing your body with more oxygen, which also benefits your heart, lungs, blood vessels, endurance, and aerobic muscles. You’re also stimulating your metabolism to burn fat as your primary fuel, which is what everyone wants.
A fantastic book more about this is called Slow Burn by Stu Mittleman, which I read years ago and is based on a man who ran 1000 miles in 11 days. Tony Robbins studied Stu Mittleman to find out how he was able to do it and have so much energy. I highly recommend that book!
The term “anaerobic” means “without oxygen” and refers to exercises that produce short bursts of power, such as sprinting or lifting weights. Anaerobic exercise burns glycogen and carbohydates as its primary fuel, while causing the body to store fat.
This is often why sprinting or lifting weights causes you to feel TIRED afterwards and throughout the day, as it builds up acid in your body and your body has to work hard to neutralize that acid. Whereas if you jog or walk in an aerobic pace, you are consuming more oxygen and it gives you MORE ENERGY throughout the day.
I personally do both – I workout right now mainly in an anaerobic way, which helps me sculpt my body the way I want and I enjoy it – but also doing aerobic exercise is crucial for energy and the health purposes it provides. I believe you need a balance, and that if you’re going to be exercising in an anaerobic way than you need to make sure you’re neutralizing the acids you’re creating in your body.
The level of intensity – one’s heart rate – to determine which level of activity is aerobic or anaerobic. A general guideline is that if if you’re exercising and still able to maintain a conversation, then that is aerobic. But if you are unable to have a conversation and are out of breath, that is anaerobic exercise. I personally use a heart rate monitor when I go for jogs to track my heart rate to make sure I’m exercising in the optimal heart rate zone.
Gift 6: The Power of Maximum Nourishment
It’s important to ensure that you’re consuming foods for the right reason. While most people enjoy foods for the social nature or to “feel good”, this isn’t the purpose of food and can often damage our body’s if you follow under that philosophy. The primary purpose for food is to energize our body’s, grow and develop, purify and cleanse, prevent and fight disease, to nurture our outer beauty, and THEN to socialize and enjoy. Unfortunately, most people have it backwards.
There are 7 components of food:
I’m not going to go into all the functions of these components, but it’s important to be nourishing and empowering your body with the right foods for an optimal level of well-being.
During Unleash The Power Within, Joseph McClendon III teaches us the 7 Rules For Healthy Eating. They are:
1. Drink water before and after your meals, not during. Have water 30 minutes before and ideally 30 minutes after. Drinking water or fluids during meals will dilute your digestive juices and stunts digestion.
2. Properly combine your foods. Improper food combining taxes our body’s ability to properly digest foods and can prevent foods from being converted into nutrients properly.
3. Eat in a relaxed state. Make sure you’re chewing food slowly and aren’t being distracted.
4. Eat comfortable amounts of foods.
5. Eat organic foods.
6. Eat small amounts every 3 hours. Aim for 5-6 meals per day.
7. Add supplements to your diet as needed.
There are certain supplements that can be important to add to your diet, such as greens, digestive enzymes, probiotics, oils, acidophilus, anti-oxidants, multi-vitamins, and minerals.
Gift 7: The Power of Structural Alignment & Maximum Strength
The human body was designed for motion, yet few of us actually use the full range of motion that the human body was designed for. Structural alignment and maximum strength is designed to take charge of the motion-powered musculoskeletal system, which affects our balance, metabolism, visual acuity, fertility, and many other fundamental biological processes.
It’s crucial to make sure that your body is aligned properly through stretching, yoga practices, chiropractic work, and even through exercise programs.
Tony Robbins follows Pete Egoscue’s method for structural alignment, which is worth checking out, especially if you have back pain. I recommend Pete Egoscue’s book Pain Free.
Gift 8: The Power of a Directed Mind & Heart
Your emotional state and emotional well-being also plays a huge role in your physical health and energy. Negative emotions, thoughts and beliefs create acid in the body and can cause disease or illness. Whereas, positive emotions, thoughts, and beliefs have the ability to heal us and provide us with more energy.
There’s been a lot of studies and research that demonstrates how stress affects the body in a negative way, whereas laughter has the ability to heal. Stress is the silent killer. And laughter is the best medicine. In fact, a man named Dr. Norman Cousins cured himself from cancer through laughter therapy.
Tony Robbins has certain exercises, such as an Emotional Flood, which is designed to have us experience gratitude, joy, love, passion, pride, achievement, confidence, and all of the most powerful emotions, as a healing affect on our bodies.
For example, asking questions like:
What am I happy about in my life?
What am I grateful for? Why am I blessed?
Who do I love? Who loves me?
What are some funny times in my life that made me laugh out loud?
When have I been proud of myself? What are some of my most proud moments?
What are some fun times and experiences I’ve had?
These questions will change your focus and allow you to change your emotional state, which affects your biochemistry.
Having a morning ritual where you allow yourself to experience these emotions fully can do wonders for your life. In Day 1 of Unleash The Power Within, Tony Robbins talks a lot about your emotional state and how to control it.
I also recently created a blog post on The 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge which can do wonders for putting this into practice.
Now that we’ve discussed the 8 Gifts To Give Yourself For Health And Energy, let’s get into the 4 Poisons To Eliminate Or Dramatically Reduce.
Poison 1: The Poison of Processed Fats
You want to avoid and stay away from processed and trans fatty acids. Saturated fats, trans fats and dietary cholesterol raise blood cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack, and also increases the risk of stroke. Additional dangers of processed fats (man-made fats) include poor circulation, poor elimination, excess congestion, and toxicity in the body.
Not all fats are bad. You want to be consuming “good” unsaturated fats, which include essential Omega 3 fatty acids that help lower risk of heart disease and cancers. Make sure to check out the Gift of Essential Oils as explained above.
Poison 2: The Poison of Animal Flesh
Studies show that vegetarians are significantly healthier than meat-eaters. The risk of death from heart disease for vegetarians compared to non-vegetarians is half. Blood cholesterol levels of vegeterians are 14% lower that meat-eaters. There’s a drop in heart disease risk, and meat eaters blood pressure is 13 times higher than vegetarians.
WHen it comes to cancer, risk of lung cancer is reduced by 20-60% for vegetarians. Prostate cancer is reduced by 41% of men for vegetarians compared to meat-eaters. And risk of colon cancer for women meat-eaters is 250% greater than vegetarians.
There’s a book called The China Study that has a lot more research on the affects of animal flesh on the body. But not only that, but our body’s can’t efficiently digest animal flesh, and animal flesh is very acidic as well. The Chicken and Beef that we consume is pumped with hormones and other chemicals, which also affects our health in a major way.
If you are going to eat animal flesh, you want to make sure you’re alkalizing by following the 70/30 rule. Meaning, 70% of your meal should be vegetables, while only 30% is the animal flesh. You also want to choose free-range, kosher, antibiotic-free, and organic.
Poison 3: The Poison of Dairy Products
Milk does not do the body good. In fact, there’s been many studies, specifically by Dr. Colin Campbell, that casein (makes up 87% of cow’s milk) promotes cancer. Dairy products are also very acidic on the body, and also create mucous in the intestines that hardens to our intestinal walls.
People commonly believe that milk provides calcium, when in fact it does the opposite. Because Dairy is so acidic for the body, it leeches calcium from our bones and connective tissues in order to neutralize the acid that Dairy products create in our body.
You want to choose other alternatives to Dairy Milk, such as Almond Milk or Rice Milk. Instead of cheese, choose soy cheese.
Poison 4: The Poison of Acid Addictions
Any of the acid addictions below are creating damage to your body, and you want to reduce or completely eliminate the following:
A big one for me to eliminate was Caffeine, as I used to depend on it as a pre-workout supplement. But it was causing me to crash afterwards, and eventually I became tolerant to it and would be required to increase my intake. Not only that, but it was destroying my adrenal glands and I wouldn’t be able to function properly without it.
For sugar, there’s a fantastic book called Sugar Blues that I recommend that explains what sugar does in the body, and how it leads to diabetes and other serious health problems.
Alcohol and vinegar have the same affect in the body. They instantly kill brain cells and are also depress our immune systems.
You can have everything in moderation, but you want to make sure that 90% of the decisions you make to put into your body are intelligent choices.
Even choosing natural cleaning products, soaps, shampoo’s and cosmetics are important for our health and well-being. Using a shower filter to get rid of the chlorine that absorbs into our body’s as we shower is a great tip as well. There are so many things we need to do in today’s world to make sure that we’re nurturing our body’s and not putting in more toxicity than we’re able to eliminate.
The 10 Day Challenge
At the end of Unleash The Power Within, Tony Robbins and Joseph McClendon III propose the 10 Day Challenge. The goal is to put into practice for 10 days the 12 Steps of Pure Energy. That means giving yourself those 8 gifts listed above, and reducing or eliminate your intake of the 4 poisons.
I have done this before and used to be a strict vegetarian, raw foodist and it made a huge difference to my life. I had an abundance of energy and was so much more productive overall. Today, I would say I am more balanced with fitness and health, as I’m currently training for a fitness competition. But, I still practice a lot of these principles to this day and they continue to help me be able to live a healthy and energetic lifestyle.
I recommend that you do your research on the following principles and begin incorporating them immediately.
If you want to take up the 10 Day Challenge, go for it – it will make a huge difference in your life. I also would suggest the 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge that I posted about as well, which will help you cleanse your mind as well as your body and create even more energy.
Unleash The Power Within has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I’ve attended it 4 times now and would go back for the 5th without a doubt. Not only that, but I’ve sent so many friends there, because it’s made such a significant difference. If you have the opportunity to attend, I would recommend that you do in a heartbeat. Hopefully this Unleash The Power Within Review provided you some detailed insights of what to expect from the event. These reviews are merely just little tidbits of what I learned, but trust me, there is so much more.
The next step for me is to attend Date With Destiny, which is something I’ve committed to attending later this year in Palm Springs in December. That’s the 7-day event with Tony Robbins that goes into the more advanced, higher level stuff. You can be assured that when I do attend that event, I will write another fun review of it, with more videos.
I had so much fun creating this review, as it allowed me to reinforce and reflect on many of my experiences and lessons that I had learned. I hope you enjoyed reading it and watching the videos!