Energy Boosters

Ways to Boost Your Energy

 If you are feeling slow, foggy, and sluggish then you need to kick your body into gear and give it a much needed energy boost. Approximately 20% of Americans claim they suffer from fatigue that is so severe it interferes with their daily activities. Here are some tips on how to boost your energy naturally. Don’t just get through the day-seize it!

Acupuncture & Chiropractic: These healing practices will put your body in balance so the body is able to function properly. The nervous system affects every living cell in the body, and through these professions you can be sure your system is humming along nicely. Bring balance back to your body and let the energy flow properly where it needs to go!

Stay away from the whites: Stop consuming excess sugar, salt, and white flour. It may give you a short-lived boost of energy, but will ultimately leave you feeling drained. Sugary drinks have been shown to be a major contributing factor to heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Excess salt can leave you feeling bloated by causing you to retain water. White flour is pro-inflammatory and is void of any real nutrition. You may need to slowly get off these things to avoid putting too much shock on the body. You can use natural sweeteners like agave, honey, or stevia to help ease temptations.

Eat a rainbow: Try to eat a wide variety of colors to get all different vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients they contain. One major color often missing in most diets, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is purple/black foods (black berries, seaweed, eggplant).

Eat protein: Be sure you are getting the right amount of protein based on your body. Try to consume protein throughout the day so you can stay fuller longer, and your blood sugar levels stay more constant. This will keep your energy levels more balanced.

Drink water: Even mild dehydration can make your mind feel foggy and zap energy. Hydration will keep your digestive tract running smoothly and keep your cells properly hydrated. Try to drink half your body weight in ounces every day.

Exercise: Moving more can actually increase energy. When you exercise endorphins are released in your brain making you feel better. This can help with depression, insomnia, and fatigue. Be sure to make exercise a part of your day.

Increase fat burning: Walking intervals, doing high intensity interval training, and even weightlifting can help decrease fat stores and increase muscle mass. Fatigue is a side effect of being overweight. Loose the excess fat and start feeling more energy.

Birds of a feather: Find like-minded individuals who share your goals. Research has shown that our real, and even online, friends/family/support teams have a big impact on our health. They will be your support system during the bad times and the good!

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Water: You should be consuming half your body weight in ounces (oz) everyday. The weather and your daily activity will also be a factor in how much water your body needs. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine that will drain your energy stores.

Proper Proteins: Be sure you are getting the right amount of protein every day for your body and energy expenditures. It may be a good idea to spread your protein meals throughout the day to be sure you are getting a good amount all day long.

Complex Carbs: Look for whole grains that contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. They will take longer to digest and give your body the nutrients it needs. Stay away from sugar!

Small Meals: Eat smaller meals throughout the day. This will give your body proper nutrition and energy throughout the day with fewer crashes, or the need to pig out.

Excess weight: Being overweight may mean your metabolism is slow. Getting back to a normal body mass index (BMI) can add energy back to your life, not to mention help decrease other health risks.

Exercise: You should be getting 20-40 minutes of moderately intense exercise daily. A sedentary person is often low in energy. Try to get out and get moving everyday.

Sleep: Be sure you are getting restful sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed in the morning.

Supplements: If you have problems absorbing nutrients you may need to be sure you are getting them through whole food supplements. B vitamins are water-soluble and they get used up or lost every 12-16 hours.

Probiotics: If you don’t have enough good bacteria living in your gut, you may need to add good bacteria through probiotic supplements. Bad bacteria in the digestive track can lead to inflammation, decreased energy, and other symptoms. Try to weed out the bad bacteria and seed the good through proper diet and supplementation.

Check your Medications: What are the side effects and are they depleting your energy stores? Look at interactions and what you can do to minimize side effects.

Blue Lights: TV and cell phone screens give off blue wavelength light that can inhibit your body’s production of melatonin (helps with sleep). Keep them out of the bedroom and stop using them before you go to sleep.

See your Doctor: Some conditions may lead to increased fatigue. Be sure you are in good health!

Dentist: Don’t forget to keep your mouth clean. Some infections in the mouth can lead to a loss of energy. Get checked regularly to avoid further complications down the line.

Hobbies: Find an interest that resonates with you and do it regularly. People who are having fun have more energy. Find something you’re passionate about!

Acupuncture/Chiropractic: Acupuncture and Chiropractic treatments may be able to give you the energy boost you need through treatments that include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, herbal formulas, etc. They can help direct your body’s energy and free up any roadblocks you may be encountering.

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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.

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