Quick and Easy Tips for Boosting Energy
by Angeline Pacy on 07/09/16
When someone I love (or a client) tells me that they feel exhausted, I can't help but inspire and motivate them. As a road-warrior and wellness-victor, I keep a handy energy mental checklist of favorite energy bursting tips. Discover some of them right here for FREE!
Exercise has a paradoxical affect on energy. When tired, a small microburst of exercise can help improve energy as it releases endorphins and improves circulation. Energy increases the size of a tiny organ within ours cells called mitochondria. Mitochondria help to produce energy. The more exercise, the more energy we may ultimately unlock from our calories and nutrients we consume. Remember to exercise to tolerance and in accordance with doctor-recommendations.
I like to take out my weighted hula hoop and hula for about 15 minutes. I listen to energizing music like oldies or salsa music. It gets my attention focused, boosts mood and changes the outcome of my day.
Dehydration is a common source of fatigue and afternoon headaches. To get a fast and easy pick-me-up, make hydrating drink (containing electrolytes).
I create this hydrating drink at not just at home but in the office for maximum personal success. I like a pinch of minerals (like salt, fruit/vegetable juice for potassium and glucose) or buy a commercial mineral drink supplement that comes in the form of drops to add to water.
Remember to keep hydration drinks low in sugar and artificial ingredients (whether in the form of table sugar, fructose from juice or high-fructose corn syrup). Recognize that what goes up (blood sugar) must come down (and sometimes comes crashing down and that can create an energy slump and lead to diabetes). Some glucose is good. A lot can be dangerous and lead to chronic health problems.
Instead, a slow, steady supply of glucose (very diluted juice) is much better than straight-up juice, soda or a chemical-filled hydration sports drinks. Even better, squeeze fresh lemon, lime and oranges. They contain live enzymes and more vitamins, and they also transport well to work (thanks to their natural protective peel that keeps them fresh and stable for a longer period of time).
Non-Stimulant Energy...My favorite energy supplements are actually not traditional stimulants at all. Traditional stimulants (like caffeine, like coffee and tea, or nicotine) are ok for most people in very small moderation. But, stimulants, in general, can be habit-forming and also wear out the adrenal glands over the long-term (creating a state of chronic stress and burn-out that can lead to immune dysfunction, mood disorders, endocrine dysfunction such as long-term weight gain and sexual dysfunction); they can also deplete vitamin stores by increasing urination (diuretic and laxatives effects).
For more energy, I enjoy the pure, stabilized, enhanced, and standardized mitochondrial nutrients from Geronova Research such as carnitine (taken on an empty stomach twice daily) and their lipid-soluble mitochondrial antioxidants and AMPK-stimulators (taken with fatty meals/snacks). Research shows that mitochondrial nutrients facilitate the production of energy by aiding in the production of ATP (the body's energy molecule). Unlike traditional stimulants, they also have positive side-effects in the body (such as an anti-aging effect and better glucose and fat metabolism).
30 Minute Power Nap!The French do it and they are considered sophisticated...many Italians do almost everyday! In fact, people all over the world take afternoon naps everyday and many of them have productivity equal to and even higher productivity than American counterparts who stand in Puritanical juxtaposition). Make sure that your afternoon nap is short (less than an hour) and earlier in the day, so as to not interfere with bedtime sleep. Disclosure: please remember to nap responsibly.
Pacing, breaking up daily activities into smaller increments and then take mini breaks, is an effective way to break up activities in a more manageable way. We can't do it all at once, so pacing allows us to better manage time, energy, activities, and relationships. Let pacing make a big impact on your energy levels and life!
*Remember to consult a highly trained integrative physician before beginning any new health or exercise regimen.