Quick and Easy Tips for Boosting Energyby Angeline Pacy on 07/09/16
When someone I love (or a client) tells me that they feel exhausted, I keep a handy mental checklist and share my favorite energy bursting tips that you can find below.
Exercise has a paradoxical affect on energy. When tired, a small microburst of exercise can help improve energy and attention span 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 produce from our nutrients.
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 really gets my attention focused and changes the outcome of my day.
Am I thirsty?
Dehydration is a common source of fatigue and headaches (especially afternoon fatigue). To get a fast and easy pick-me-up, I like to create a hydrating drink (containing electrolytes). I can create my own hydrating drink at home or the office, using 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).
Instead, a slow, steady supply of glucose (diluted juice) is much better than straight-up juice, soda or a chemical-filled hydration sports drinks. Even better, I often sometimes 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 small moderation. But, stimulants, in general, can be habit-forming and also wear out the adrenal glands (creating a state of chronic stress and burn-out that may 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.
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 antioxidants (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).
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 equal and even higher productivity than Americans. 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.
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.