Energy Boosters

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    The reality is that as long as you’re not experiencing any side effects from the caffeine (and you’re not adding a cookie-jar’s worth of sugar to it), there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your daily coffee. But there are all kinds of ways you can increase your energy -- and thereby improve your mood, up your productivity, better your health and boost your happiness.

    Here are a few energy-boosters:

    To Drink: Green tea. Along with tasting good, green tea also has lots of disease-fighting antioxidants that provide tons of health benefits. If you need a little sweetness added, try natural ingredients like agave nectar or stevia.

    To Eat: Nuts. The protein and healthy fat of nuts help keep you satiated and provide you with lots of energy through the day. Best of all, recent research suggests that humans don’t digest all the calories in nuts, so you actually get a bit of a caloric discount when you eat them.

    To Do: Yoga. Any kind of exercise or movement will power you up. So why not a five-minute walk around the block or office halls whenever you’re feeling a slump? Try starting the day with a few yoga moves, like the classic sun salutation, to wake up your muscles and your mind.

    To Schedule: Sleep. Sure, naps are great -- if you don’t have bosses, kids or other forces tugging you away from the bed, couch or recliner. But if a nap’s not possible (and even if it is), you should aggressively make the time to sleep for at least seven and a half to eight hours a night. The key to doing that is to make sure you practice tip-top sleep hygiene: Keep cool temps in the bedroom; dim the lights a half-hour before bed and keep your computers, TVs and cell phones out of the bedroom.
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    A , Herbal Medicine, answered

    To naturally boost energy I recommend using Pure Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.

    Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mood, cognitive function or health.

    When you feel sluggish (instead of reaching for a cup of caffeine):

    Take a few deep breaths through your nose and down into your belly, exhaling slowly.

    Then take a few whiffs (by waving the jar under your nostrils and sniffing) of any of the following Pure Essential Oils.

    • Peppermint
    • Rosemary
    • Fir or Pine
    • Eucalyptus
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    So what starts the process that steals your energy? What sets up the dominos, and what causes your first domino to fall? We don't know all the answers for sure, but we do know a few things that make your cellular energy plants - those mitochondria - inefficient. Three big ones:

    • Insulin resistance: We are inefficient in getting the sugar to our production plants, and distribute our sugar into fat storage rather than into cells that need to use it to produce energy like muscle cells.
    • Viruses and other infections: Acute infections or chronic, low-grade infections can eventually cause the fuse to blow. We often see the buggers invade and fray the wires from your fuse box that reduces the amount of energy that can be supplied. Or the lines get frayed from lack of nutrients to keep them repaired (for example, lack of the healthy fat DHA). That starts the "out of energy" cascade after a pregnancy or after an injury when your immune system is vulnerable. Viral particles have been identified in the nuclei of many cells of folks with serious energy deficits like fibromyalgia. Once one area feels less energetic, you put more demand on another area, furthering that cascade, so a little wire fraying by viruses can make you feel exhausted much of the time.
    • Sleep problems: Many people always have trouble falling asleep. Additionally many of us (yes, even I) develop less than optimal habits that worsen our ability to sleep or obtain full sleep time and then have to fight a vicious cycle. And when your immune system needs all the energy it can get - like when it's fighting an infection for you - not resting your energy supply adequately acts to overheat those wires and worsen your energy problem. That weakens the energy your immune system can borrow from other parts of your energy stores. So you feel more tired. When your body gets too little sleep or poor quality sleep (not deep enough or not enough dreaming), you tend to have more pain (that lack of sleep doesn't allow you to refresh fully the neurotransmitters you have that normally suppress pain). And that extra pain drains the line of energy, too - so you feel wiped out very near the start of the day. Sleep is important to being beautiful.
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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Poor sleep catches up to most moms. It also sets moms up for entering a vicious cycle whereby they plunge into deeper sleep deprivation (and reel from its numerous negative effects), and avoid healthy behaviors that can counter the bad mood, such as exercise and eating right. So even if you say you're okay on four or five hours, you should take a good look at your sleep habits if you are unhappy with your energy, not to mention your looks and your weight. See what happens when you force yourself to get more sleep. You just might force yourself to lose unwanted weight and achieve a more beautiful, energetic you.
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    A , Integrative Medicine, answered
    If you have fibromyalgia, supplementing with a nutrient called ribose can make a huge difference in the amount of energy you have. Ribose is a special, five-carbon sugar that is made naturally in our bodies. But ribose is not like any other sugar.

    Sugars we are all familiar with, such as table sugar (sucrose), corn sugar (glucose), milk sugar (lactose), honey (predominantly fructose), and others, are used by the body as fuel. These sugars are consumed and, with the help of the oxygen we breathe, are “burned” by the body for energy. When these sugars are consumed excessively, however, they become toxic, acting as energy loan sharks in the body.

    Ribose, on the other hand, has a negative value on the glycemic index. When you consume ribose, your body recognizes that it is different from other sugars and preserves it for the vital work of actually making the special “energy molecules” (ATP, NADH, and FADH) that power your heart, muscles, brain, and every other tissue in your body. Ribose is also critical to the production of DNA and RNA, which are the “control centers” in each cell of your body.
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    A , Fitness, answered
    How can exposure to blue light increase energy?

    Fatigue is a common complaint among people of all ages. In this video, fitness expert and author Tim Ferriss discusses why blue light can make a major difference in your energy levels.

     

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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Good time management can change your life. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times -- but there's good reason. One of the biggest energy drainers that moms fail to address is poor time management. And this can have a serious impact on your energy. Planning your meals, grocery shopping, basic errands, personal time, and house cleaning -- just generally keeping everything afloat -- takes a lot of effort.
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    Understanding the energy density of foods and using it to guide eating choices can help people eat the way the research suggests they should be eating -- not only for weight management, but for optimal health.

    Here's a simple method for determining the energy density (calories per gram) of foods you buy in the supermarket:
    • Look at the Nutrition Facts Label on the food package.
    • Find the serving size weight in grams and the calories per serving.
    • If the calories are a smaller number than the grams, the food has low energy density. Feel free to enjoy satisfying amounts of that food.
    • If the calories are equal to, or twice as much, as the grams, eat moderately and watch your portion size.
    • If the calories are more than twice the grams, limit your portions.
    You'll discover that dry foods, like crackers, have high energy density (calories more than twice the grams). Surprisingly, fat-free pretzels have the same energy density as cheese. Munching on these without controlling your portions can quickly add weight.

    Do a little pre-planning. Fill snack baggies with cut-up vegetables or cut-up melon, strawberries or any fruit and line them up in the refrigerator so you can just grab them to go for lunch or snacking on the run.

    To add fiber and lower energy density, look for breads with at least three grams of fiber per serving and cereals or starches with at least five grams of fiber per serving. In recipes, use smaller amount of potatoes and using more vegetables like green beans, spinach, cauliflower, peppers, mushrooms and zucchini.
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    A , Preventive Medicine, answered
    False energy is when you feel compelled to keep working, thinking, and doing. There is almost a sense of being out of control because this energy is a driving force within you. You can become a victim of your life. Eventually, false energy relentlessly drives you. Someone you are eating lunch with one day may say, "Hey, can you put down one of those cell phones so we can talk?" or "Since when have you carried a cell phone, a Blackberry, and a pager?" You may pass these comments off in the moment, but later reflect and honestly say you can't remember how the madness started. Do any of your associates, friends, or family members suggest that you seem distracted and not present in the conversation?

    Workaholism is the accepted addiction of our time. It is the socially accepted method of escaping from your Self, your family, and your life. Manic behavior and delaying happiness until we have a time to be really happy and experience balance is not the behavior of a successful person. This false energy accelerates over time and will consume your mind, body, and soul.

    Do you juggle so many things simultaneously, or multitask, until your memory starts to get numb and you begin to ask yourself what is wrong with you? This false energy exhausts you, devours you. It is seductive because it actually make you feel alive and that you are accomplishing many tasks in your life. The sad truth with false energy is that your life literally is passing you by because you are not present for it. Many of our lives become nothing more than hollow habituation where we eventually feel overwhelmed and empty. This is the lie that many of us live. I not only lived it, but a multitude of the people I worked with throughout my life were living this way too.

    This is not an indictment or judgment, because you can't understand something until you become aware of it. The fact is, though, once you become aware of living a life of false energy you have a choice. The great blessing in once you make a choice to live a life with real energy, you will find true happiness and balance are right around the corner.
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    Energy is one of the fundamental elements of the universe. Energy from the sun gives us light. Energy is stored in plants and released into your body when eaten, giving you energy. When we eat, the energy stored in our body from food gives us energy to work, sleep, and live. We are connected to energy in many forms. In the West we compartmentalize energy into different entities or processes. We do not construct the vision of our bodies, nature, and our lives as an interconnected realm of energy constantly flowing from one source to another. Many of us do not view our bodies as an intricate wondrous electrical system where every cell, every organ, and every system are a constant flow of energy.

    Energy flow provides the ability for our cells to talk to each other and tell each other what they need. When our energy levels are healthy and strong, our cells help each other heal, rest, and work. As the energy levels in our bodies drop, the cells, organs, and systems do not communicate with great efficiency and vitality because they are tired and preserving their own energy.