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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 keep a handy mental checklist and share my favorite energy bursting tips below. Use these exciting tools to transform your life and share these energy saving tips with the ones you love too!

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. 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 glucose (whether in the form of sugar or fructose from juice), recognizing that what comes up (blood sugar) must come down (and sometimes comes crashing down). A slow, steady supply of glucose (diluted juice) is much better than straight up juice, soda or a chemical-filled sports drinks for hydration. Even better, I often use fresh lemon, limes and oranges. They contain live enzymes and more vitamins, transporting to work well thanks to their natural protective peel.

Non-Stimulant Energy...
My favorite energy supplements are actually not traditional stimulants at all. Traditional stimulants (coffee, tea and nicotine) could be ok in small moderation for most people. But stimulants in general can wear out the adrenal glands (leading to immune dysfunction and long-term weight gain and health problems) and also deplete neurotransmitter supplies and vitamin stores. They can also be addictive and people grow tolerance quickly. 

For more energy, I enjoy pure, stabilized and standardized mitochondrial nutrients from Geronova Research such as carnitine (taken on an empty stomach) and 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...the Italians do it too! 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.