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How can I increase my energy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It may seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re tired, but exercise is a great way to give you an energy boost. It gets your blood pumping and releases feel good endorphins. Again and again studies find that regular exercise can increase energy levels and reduce fatigue. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s proven and it works. So to fight that afternoon slump, go for a 10-15 minute walk outside post lunch or a family bike ride with the kids after school. Being outside brings an added bonus—a 2006 study found that brief exposure to bright light (about 20 minutes) can increase alertness and boost brain response time.

Another simple and easy energy booster is getting a well balanced diet. Often times fatigue is caused by a lack of certain vitamins and minerals. Low iron is especially a problem in menstruating women and vegetarians. So take a multivitamin every day in 2 divided doses so your body can absorb it properly.

Physical activity is the best way to boost energy levels. Regular physical activity increases the blood flow to your body and improves your cardiovascular health and fitness. This will allow more blood and oxygen to get to the body providing energy to do work. Regular physical activity also increases production of vital hormones such as thyroid-stimulating hormone, testosterone, human growth hormone, and catecholamines, all of which help increase your metabolism and give you more energy. Regular physical activity also makes you more efficient at utilizing your body’s stores of fat and sugar for fuel, which allows you to burn them for energy and also helps regulate blood sugar levels and prevent the peaks and valleys that can cause fatigue. All of this will help you see a big increase in energy once you start engaging in regular physical activity.  

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