7 Reasons to Add Herbs and Spices to Your Diet

7 Reasons to Add Herbs and Spices to Your Diet

Studies on herbs and spices show they have promising health effects. Culinary spices like turmeric, black pepper, cloves, and ginger, and herbs like rosemary, sage, and oregano can contribute to the prevention of diseases like cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and digestive problems. Research shows they are packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that support all the systems in your body (1). 

At Hintsa, nutrition is one of the crucial elements of our holistic wellbeing philosophy. A nourishing diet is vital to achieving a high performance in all aspects of our lives. When good nutrition is balanced with the other elements of wellbeing which are part of the Hintsa Circle of Better Life, we can develop our true potential and lead our best lives. 

According to the World Health Organization, nutrition is one of the key factors in chronic disease prevention. Whole foods can fight and prevent chronic diseases and improve the quality of your life. Studies show that herbs and spices are powerful additions to your diet because they protect many organs and systems in your body (2). Their most notable health benefit, according to research, is they can reduce the risk of many forms of cancer, like skin, colon, gastric, bone, prostate, lung, tongue, and breast cancer (3).

What makes herbs and spices special are the unique compounds that fight free radicals (the reactive chemicals that damage your cells), reduce oxidative stress (the damage caused by free radicals), lower inflammation, prevent the formation of tumors, protect your DNA, balance your blood sugar, and enhance digestion. Adding culinary herbs and spices to your daily diet can protect your health in the long term and reduce the risk of cardiovascular, cerebral, metabolic, and digestive disorders.


The impressive benefits of herbs and spices

1.    Cancer prevention

Ginger, red chili, parsley, turmeric, fennel, fenugreek, black cumin, rosemary, kokum, and Asian ginger can be protective against many forms of cancer, according to research (4). A study found that a daily dose of ginger stopped the growth of prostate cancer cells by 56% and diminished the expansion of tumor tissue (5). 

Capsaicin, a compound in red chili, can help to suppress cancerous cells in the skin, stomach, colon, lung, tongue, and prostate. A study discovered that capsaicin was able to induce cell apoptosis (“cell death”) in human gastric cells – a promising finding for gastric cancer prevention (6).  Apigenin, a compound in parsley, can kill cancer cells while keeping normal cells intact. One study found that apigenin decreased skin cancer growth by 52% (7). Curcumin, a component in turmeric and curry, can effectively prevent the formation of cancer cells, according to evidence (8).

2.    Anti-diabetic effects

Fenugreek, cinnamon, and turmeric appear beneficial in the management of diabetes. A 3-year study involving 140 pre-diabetic people found that consuming 10g of fenugreek seeds per day reduced blood glucose (before and after eating), reduced LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and increased insulin. The study concluded that eating only one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds per day could prevent the conversion from pre-diabetes to diabetes (9). 

Evidence shows that turmeric can regulate blood sugar in type 2 diabetes – making it a promising spice for blood sugar control (10). Cinnamon can also help to lower blood sugar, according to studies (11,12). 

3.    Brain Protection

Sage, ginseng, and ashwagandha show neuro-protective and cognition-enhancing properties. In a double-blind study with 20 volunteers over 65 years of age, a 333 mg dose of sage extract significantly improved secondary memory performance and attention (13). In an in-vitro study, ashwagandha extract was able to protect neuron and glial cells from oxidative damage and toxicity (14). Ginseng has the potential to improve memory, learning performance, motor activity, and protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease because it promotes neuron survival, supports neuron growth, and fights neurotoxicity, according to research (15).

4.    Atherosclerosis Prevention

Turmeric, black pepper, garlic, and coriander have heart-healthy benefits and anti-atherosclerotic effects. A small study of 10 healthy people found that a daily dose of 500 mg of curcumin (from turmeric) decreased lipids, increased HDL “good” cholesterol, and reduced total cholesterol. Research shows that black pepper can decrease total levels of cholesterol, fatty acids, phospholipids, and triglycerides (16). 

Evidence has found that eating half to one garlic clove per day can decrease total cholesterol levels by 9% in people with high cholesterol (17). Coriander seeds also help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, while coriander leaves can protect your arteries against clots (18).

5.    DNA Protection and Repair

Paprika, rosemary, ginger, heat-treated turmeric, sage, and cumin can keep your DNA in good shape. Research shows that paprika can prevent breaks in DNA after only 8 days of consumption and turmeric can repair the existing breaks in DNA. It’s important to point out that heat-treated turmeric appears to be the most protective, so make sure to consume it in cooked dishes to reap the benefits (19).

6.    Anti-inflammatory Effects

Evidence shows that both cooked and uncooked rosemary, sage, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg can protect against inflammatory enzymes, while lemon grass, rosemary and thyme encourage anti-inflammatory enzymes (20).

One study showed that uncooked, cooked, and digested rosemary, sage, and thyme prevented inflammation (21). A different study found that both thyme and oregano essential oils can help to reduce colitis-related inflammation (22). These anti-inflammatory effects could protect you against chronic inflammatory diseases like asthma, hepatitis, colitis, and sinusitis – a pretty good reason to add more herbs to your plate.  (23).

7.    Improved Digestion

Ginger, chamomile, and turmeric can enhance digestion and support digestive problems. A study with 24 healthy people found that ginger made the stomach process food 50% faster than a placebo (24). This finding suggests ginger could improve and speed up digestion.

Turmeric is another digestive aid: A study found that mixing turmeric with other spices such as coriander, red chili, black pepper, and cumin, stimulated bile flow and bile acid secretion, which improves digestion (25). Chamomile can be effective at treating colic and diarrhea, especially in children (26).


Are you eating enough herbs and spices?

Adding herbs and spices to your diet is easier than you think. You can prepare delicious teas, sneak them into soups and stews, sprinkle them over salads, add them to stir fries or roasted veggies, drink them in juices and smoothies, and much more.

Here are a few ways you can start nourishing your body with herbs and spices right away:

  • Make warm and comforting tea with dried or fresh peppermint, chamomile, or ginger. 
  • Prepare “golden milk” by mixing turmeric and ginger in a warm glass of plant-based milk. 
  • Sprinkle turmeric in sautéed vegetables and stews.
  • Freeze herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme by pouring olive oil into ice cube trays, adding your herbs to it, and storing the tray in the freezer. 
  • Add fenugreek seeds to smoothies and oatmeal.
  • Add chopped parsley or coriander to your salads or over freshly cooked rice. 
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over porridges. 
  • Boost scrambled eggs or omelets with some minced garlic, and a dash of black pepper, or cayenne pepper.


Herbs and spices can improve your health overall

Scientific research confirms what many ancient cultures already suspected: Herbs and spices have abundant health benefits that can protect you, prevent diseases, and keep you healthy in the long-term. Research shows they can be especially beneficial in cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, brain protection, atherosclerosis prevention, DNA repair, reducing inflammation, and improving digestion.   Even though some of the current evidence is based on animal and cellular studies, the results are still ample and significant. For instance, due to the rigorous nature of research, sometimes only the active ingredient is used to determine the efficacy of the culinary herb or spice.

Ancient cultures – like the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians - have been using herbs and spices medicinally and in the kitchen for thousands of years, both for their healing properties and their power to enhance the taste and flavor of food. By spicing up your dishes and adding herbs to your diet you can improve your health in a delicious way. 

The benefits of proper nutrition can be amplified when you cultivate all the areas of wellness that are part of the Hintsa Circle of Better Life.  Our approach at Hintsa focuses on helping you achieve a happy, healthy, and successful life through a holistic philosophy that optimizes all the areas of your wellbeing.


Lisa Fouladi, Clinical Nutritionist
Lisa Fouladi is a Clinical Nutritionist and Member of Hintsa Nutrition Science team. She supports busy people regain their energy and zest for life through nutrition. Her approach is holistic and evidence based.


References:

1. Rubió, Motilva & Romero. “Recent advances in biologically active compounds in herbs and spices: a review of the most effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory active principles.” (2013)
2. Tapsell, Hemphill, Cobiac, Patch, Sullivan, Fenech, Roodenrys, Keogh, Clifton, Williams, Fazio & Inge. “Health benefits of herbs and spices: the past, the present, the future.” (2006)
3. Kaefer & Milner. “The Role of Herbs and Spices in Cancer Prevention” (2009)
4. Aggarwal, Kunnumakkara, Harikumar, Tharakan, Sung & Anand. ”Potential of Spice-Derived Phytochemicals for Cancer Prevention” (2008)
5. Karna, Chagani, Gundala, Rida, Asif, Sharma, Gupta & Aneja. “Benefits of whole ginger extract in prostate cancer.” (2012)
6. Kim JD, Kim JM, Pyo JO, Kim SY, Kim BS, Yu R & Han IS. “Capsaicin can alter the expression of tumor forming-related genes which might be followed by induction of apoptosis of a Korean stomach cancer cell line, SNU-1.” (1997)
7. Birt, Mitchell, Gold, Pour & Pinch. “Inhibition of ultraviolet light induced skin carcinogenesis in SKH-1 mice by apigenin, a plant flavonoid.” (1997)
8. Shukla and Gupta. “Apigenin: A Promising Molecule for Cancer Prevention” (2010) 
9. Gaddam, Galla, Thummisetti, Marikanty, Palanisamy & Rao ”Role of Fenugreek in the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus in prediabetes” (2015)
10. Prasad & Aggarwal. “Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine“ in “Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects” (2011)
11. Kim, Hyun & Choung. “Anti-diabetic effect of cinnamon extract on blood glucose in db/db mice.” (2006)
12. Rao & Gan. “Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant” (2014)
13. Scholey, Tildesley, Ballard, Wesnes, Tasker, Perry & Kennedy. “An extract of Salvia (sage) with anticholinesterase properties improves memory and attention in healthy older volunteers.” (2008) 
14. Shah, Singh, Sarangi, Saxena, Chaudhary, Kaur, Kaul & Wadhwa. “Combinations of Ashwagandha leaf extracts protect brain-derived cells against oxidative stress and induce differentiation.” (2015)
15. Iriti, Vitalini, Fico & Faoro. “Neuroprotective Herbs and Foods from Different Traditional Medicines and Diets” (2010)
16. Vijayakumar, Surya & Nalini. “Antioxidant efficacy of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) and piperine in rats with high fat diet induced oxidative stress.” (2004)
17. Warshafsky, Kamer & Sivak. “Effect of garlic on total serum cholesterol. A meta-analysis.” (1993)
18. Vasanthi & Parameswari. “Indian Spices for Healthy Heart - An Overview” (2010)
19. Percival, Vanden Heuvel, Nieves & Meadors. “Bioavailability of Herbs and Spices in Humans as Determined by ex vivo Inflammatory Suppression and DNA Strand Breaks” (2012)
20. Opara & Chohan. “Culinary Herbs and Spices: Their Bioactive Properties, the Contribution of Polyphenols and the Challenges in Deducing Their True Health Benefits” (2014)
21. Chohan, Naughton, Jones & Opara. “An investigation of the relationship between the anti-inflammatory activity, polyphenolic content, and antioxidant activities of cooked and in vitro digested culinary herbs.” (2012)
22. Paur, Carlsen, Halvorsen & Blomhoff. “Antioxidants in Herbs and Spices: Roles in Oxidative Stress and Redox Signaling” in “Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects” (2011)
23. Aggarwal, Prasad, Reuter, Kannappan, Yadev, Park, Kim, Gupta, Phromnoi, Sundaram, Prasad, Chaturvedi & Sung. “Identification of novel anti-inflammatory agents from Ayurvedic medicine for prevention of chronic diseases: "reverse pharmacology" and "bedside to bench" approach.” (2011) 
24. Wu, Rayner, Chuah, Changchien, Lu, Chiu, Chiu & Lee. “Effects of ginger on gastric emptying and motility in healthy humans.” (2008)
25. Platel, Rao, Saraswathi & Srinivasan. “Digestive stimulant action of three Indian spice mixes in experimental rats.” (2002)
26. Srivastava, Shankar & Gupta. “Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future.” (2010)

Give Rest a Chance

Give Rest a Chance

Although you probably don't like to admit it, deep down you know your body is crying out for a rest. But as usual, you push through. Mind over matter, only the weak need rest, no pain no gain, I'll sleep when I die, and besides, busyness is importance and I like being important. Yet once again you hear the quiet call from within... “stop, rest... please!” What do you do? Do you listen to your body?
 

What is rest to you?

It is becoming increasingly evident that rest is important for living well and performing well, but what is equally important is choosing the right rest for you (1). Your unique preferences for rest is what counts. Have you ever stopped to reflect on what makes you rest? Probably not. Right now, yes, right now, take a moment to think, imagine, dream. What brings you rest? What do you find relaxing? What gives you a sense of comfort and peace? What helps you switch off? What makes you stop and simply feel how you feel?

You need to choose the rest that your mind and body respond to. Being warm, being massaged, sitting in a Jacuzzi or on the beach, reading, walking, stretching, laughing, simply doing nothing, sitting in front of the fire and allowing yourself to be mesmerized by the flames. Run, surf, BASE jump, ski, be at the top of a mountain; the possibilities are endless but not necessarily equally effective. When choosing your rest “activity”, bear in mind that recent research has found that many of the highest scoring restful activities have one thing in common regardless of a person’s personality type. The most effective give time for the individual to be alone without the fear of interruption (2). Time to be free from other's thoughts, demands, and expectations, seems to be key to truly bringing rest. Find out what works for you.
 

When do you rest?

Once you discover what kind of rest works for you, we have to look at when.  Proactively schedule it in. Think beyond simply scheduling an annual holiday and one full day off work per week (which are valuable and recommend). I would like to challenge you to also plan daily rhythms of rest. Choose relaxing evening activities, schedule moments of relaxation during your working day, and even making time for short naps! By taking control of rest and sticking to your plan, your life may begin to change! You may begin to feel more energized, positive and focused. Your willingness and ability to work may rocket. You may notice a sense of control and experience successes that previously you never thought possible.

It may be in these very moments of rest that you actually gain the revelation that you had been waiting for, find the answer to the problem, understand another's perspective or design the plan for your next big victory. Resting may be the most productive moment of your week! I hardly even need to mention Archimedes’ “Eureka” in the bath or Newton’s apple moment as he sat under a tree, history is full of stories of inspiration arriving within rest.
 

Better you, better world

Evidently, resting is not a sign of weakness but of wisdom. Recent research shows that when we are at rest, supposedly doing nothing, our brains are in fact busier when we’re not concentrating on a task, than when we are. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the University of Southern California argues that when we are resting, the brain is anything but idle, and that far from being purposeless or unproductive, downtime is in fact essential to mental processes that affirm our identities, develop our understanding of human behavior and instill an internal code of ethics (3). It is when we rest that we replay the day’s situations and conversations. We make sense of our experiences and wonder what we could and maybe should have done better. We work out ways to communicate more effectively and stand up for what we believe. We begin to imagine what our future could be, which then begins to form our destiny!

Choosing to listen to your body, and choosing rest, not only allows the brain to function on another level, but it also gives the body chance to recover. Your over stimulated sympathetic adrenal system (the one that kicks in during a stressful situation or maybe simply in response to the demands and challenges of everyday life), can take the foot off the pedal and allow the parasympathetic system (the one that is activated through relaxing activities) to take over. This brings a much needed balance to our body. A kind of resetting and retuning happens, enabling our various systems and functions to continue to work optimally, moving towards a state of equilibrium.

Balancing the stress and demands in your life with rest and recovery will expand your capacity, improve your performance and increases your resilience. The mind and body is wonderful, and through a process of supercompensation it moves beyond its former state to higher levels!
 

Top tips for rest!

  • Take control of your rest
  • Discover what works for you
  • Schedule it in, and stick to the plan
  • Work within daily, weekly, and annual rhythms of rest
  • Try 10-20 minute naps
  • Listen to your body
  • Laugh more
  • Take time to be alone


So go on, listen to your body, give rest a chance! It may change your world!
 


Miriam McKnight, Performance Coach 
Miriam has a broad experience of working with young athletes, corporate individuals and post pregnancy women returning to sport and fitness. She leads the sleep and recovery science team for Hintsa Performance. She is also the author of Amazon best-selling book, The Happy, Healthy, Mom.


References:

1. Sands, W.A. Thinking sensibly about recovery, Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance 2016; 451-483.
2. The Rest Test, Hubbub at the wellcome collection, 2016 http://hubbubresearch.org/event/rest-and-relaxation-in-the-modern-world/
3. Immordino-Yang, M.H. et al. Rest is not idleness, implications of the brain’s default mode for human development and education. Perspectives on psychological science 2012, vol. 7 no. 4, 352-364.

Davos Roundup: Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Davos Roundup: Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

According to the World Economic Forum, the arrival of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is marked by the exponential rate of change in the economy, business and society, by the unprecedented scale, scope and complexity of these shifts and by the transformation of entire systems across countries, companies, industries and societies as a whole.

The 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos gathered its 2500 attendees around the theme of ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, but given the enormity of the challenge, it’s perhaps not surprising that we returned to similar topics in 2017.

This time the meeting gathered participants, from nearly 100 countries, to explore a new theme: ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’. For the second year running Hintsa Performance was invited to contribute two sessions, both of which were oversubscribed. In total, over 100 participants took the cable car ride to our venue, to consider if their current level of wellbeing and performance was just a fraction of what they are capable of, explore whether they could achieve the same level of performance, but increase the margin in their lives, but more importantly, to take some time to step back and consider how they live, work and manage their attention and cognitive efforts in today’s world of hyper-stimulus.

Leaders from the world of business, politics and the arts joined us on the Rinerhorn mountain. I was struck by how eager they were to learn from our guests; Mika Häkkinen, Two-Time Formula One World Champion, Luke Bennett, Medical and Sports Performance Director of Hintsa Performance, Allan McNish, three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator, Linda A. Hill, the Harvard Business School Professor who facilitated our sessions, and Nico Rosberg, the current Formula 1 World Champion.

Over the course of our conversations, both in our sessions, in our meetings in the Davos Congress Centre, but also in the many serendipitous interactions that took place throughout the week, three ideas were repeated:

1. We don’t really know what the Fourth Industrial Revolution is, yet, but we have a few ideas.

It’s clear that we are witnessing rapid and complex changes in our economy, business and society, but it’s likely that we will only be in a position to define exactly what the Fourth Industrial Revolution is, once it’s over. However, we have a few ideas. Throughout the week, conversations returned to the skills and capacities that will be required to survive and thrive in this shifting landscape:

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • People management
  • Co-ordinating with others

We believe that these skills will be necessary to navigate and create value in the midst of this revolution, that they are less likely to be threatened by automation and that they offer the opportunity to bring more meaning and purpose to our work. However, it seems that our current ways of working and living, distracted, fragmented and still heavily influence by Tayloristic models of efficiency need to be broken down or re-imagined if we are going to prepare ourselves and the next generation of workers for this new world.

2. New challenges may not be addressed with old solutions.

Global life expectancy has doubled since 1900. The global balance of power and wealth is shifting. We will live and work for longer than ever, but in ways that we likely never imagined.

  • How do we learn and unlearn skills as we reinvent ourselves multiple times during our careers – a challenge that most of us have not faced before?
  • How do we proactively maintain and improve our body and mind for a ‘100-year life’?
  • How can we cultivate the long-term perspective and cognitive capabilities to project ourselves into this new future, and craft a meaningful place for ourselves, and the people we lead?

I found that people were asking many of the same questions this year as they were in 2016. Many people had a better sense of what we needed to do – cultivate cognitive flexibility, look after our bodies in a ‘knowledge-dominated world, be more conscious about how we interact with information technology and how we use it to interact with each other and make decisions - but few people had any more clarity about how to do it.

However, one theme that was emphasised was the continuing need for leaders to model the behaviours they want to see manifested in their teams.

3. Responsive & responsible leadership is human

Linda A. Hill shared a quote during the week that has stayed with me:

“People don’t want to follow a leader to the future: they want to co-create it.”

Paradoxically, while the Fourth Industrial Revolution will feature a significant and growing automated and roboticized component, this may emphasise the human characteristics and capabilities that set us apart from machines.

During our sessions, we shared Hintsa’s vision for better life, better performance, and putting the human back into ‘the system’. This idea clearly resonated with our audience. Also, while narratives of fear and uncertainty were prevalent, there was an undeniable sense of hope and excitement among many people I spoke to. A sense that we have an opportunity to create a better future together, to use these changes and the fantastic technologies we have available to make a difference in the world.

Mixed reality

In addition to the scheduled sessions, a number of exhibits were scattered around the Congress Centre. One in particular stood out to me: the ‘Immersive Learning’ demonstration, where we were given the opportunity to experience the Microsoft HoloLens.

This is the first time I’ve experienced the device for myself. I put on the headset and had a rare technologically mediated ‘goose bump’ moment as high-definition holograms ranging from galaxies and molecules to anatomical models appeared in the ‘real-world’, in front of me. The holograms were very impressive. With my keen interest in physiology, a personal highlight was walking close up to the anatomical model and putting my head ‘inside-it’ to take a close look at the structure of the human heart.

However, what struck me more was the collaborative experience of exploring these holograms together. I was part of a random group of attendees who had queued for the Immersive Learning exhibition. There was a mix of ages, genders and nationalities, but the holograms brought us together. Unlike virtual reality, which encapsulates the individual in their own digital world, mixed-reality, and the contextual and location awareness of the headset, meant that we were all looking at and interacting with the same model. In the seriousness and formality of the Congress Centre, the smiles and laughs that erupted as we investigated this new technology were refreshing and inspiring.

A positive vision of the future

It’s easy to criticise a vision of humans working in blissful harmony with technology and each other as naive, but we need to balance the tension between recognising the realities and challenges of our changing world, with the need to imagine a positive vision of the future.

As I’ve written about before, human brains seem to work best in a hopeful state. We will be better prepared to consider all possibilities if we reflect on what may come, using hope as the starting point. Some of the systems we have created and that have emerged may seem threatening, but perhaps that’s because we don’t understand them fully, yet, and we don’t have all the skills we need. 

While we shouldn’t ignore the potential pitfalls, I contend that, if our starting point for thinking and decision-making is fearful, we will increase the likelihood that we will engineer the outcomes of which we are so afraid. 

We don’t have all the answers, but it’s clear that we need to work proactively to enhance life and performance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by developing and applying our human capabilities and qualities; creativity, complex problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative skills, today.

You can read more about focussing your attention and energy to release your potential, and achieve your biggest impact, in my latest book: Exponential. Better Life, Better Performance: From Formula 1 to Fortune 500.


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James Hewitt, Head of Science & Innovation
James is passionate about investigating the potential of our high performance bodies and brains. He is an author, speaker and his work includes consulting with Formula 1 drivers, teams, in elite sport and with global corporations.


The Hintsa Team conclude their first session at the 2017 WEF Annual Meeting

The Hintsa Team conclude their first session at the 2017 WEF Annual Meeting

Formula 1 World Champions Nico Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen as well as three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator Allan McNish share their thoughts on reaching the top.

Formula 1 World Champions Nico Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen as well as three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator Allan McNish share their thoughts on reaching the top.

Just a few hours ago, the Hintsa team and over 50 session participants concluded the first of two Hintsa sessions at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

In the spectacular ‘Base Camp’ venue situated on the Rhinerhorn mountain, Luke Bennett, Medical and Sports Performance Director of Hintsa Performance, and James Hewitt, Hintsa Performance Head of Science & Innovation, opened the session before Nico Rosberg, current Formula 1 World Champion, offered his perspective on how mental preparation in sports can be applied to the business world.

Nico was joined by Mika Häkkinen, Two-Time Formula One World Champion and Allan McNish, three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator in a panel discussion facilitated by Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill. 

You can see a video of Nico Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen, as they shared some thoughts ahead of the session, from the cable car which carried the participants to the venue:

Focusing attention on what matters the most

The session themes reflected many of the discussions that are taking place at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: how we can prepare our body and mind to live and work for longer than ever, the need to take more responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and find ways to focus our time and energy on what is most important in a world that is vying for our attention.

Dr Luke Bennett, the host of Hintsa's WEF session together with three motorsport world champions.

Dr Luke Bennett, the host of Hintsa's WEF session together with three motorsport world champions.

The panel discussion with our three motorsport world champions was followed by interactive workshops. Luke and James discussed the results of a 17-year longitudinal study, describing how grip strength may be ‘bio-marker’ of ageing, and gave the participants an opportunity to test themselves.

Juha Äkräs, Hintsa’s Executive Chairman facilitated a discussion on ‘Core people’ - the people who matter most in our lives, and away of the hyper-stimulation of Davos city centre. Pauliina Valpas, Hintsa’s Business Development Director, took participants through a ‘Default Mode’ exercise, to restore their attention and mental energy with the help of the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the venue.

The session also marked the official launch of our latest book ‘Exponential - Better Life, Better Performance: From Formula 1 to Fortune 500’, which explores many of the themes and questions raised in the session, in more detail.