Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lack of Energy?

Common Causes of Low Energy & Fat

*Anemia or Low Blood Sugar
*Sleep disorders
*Chronic pain
*Underactive Thyroid
*Use of alcohol or drugs
*Depression, Anxiety and grief

*Poor diet or dieting too much
*Certain medications such as antihistamines, blood pressure meds, and steroids
*Illnesses such as infections, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and cancer.

Energy Boosting Foods
Topping the list of foods found provide to an energy boost include: eggs, figs, molasses, green veggies, almonds, beets, oatmeal, lentils, bananas, sardines, yogurt, apples, brown rice, cantaloupe and parsley. Of course lots of water should be on your menu too, as lack of it is the number one cause of fatigue.

In contrast, foods that can drain your energy levels and drag you down when blood glucose levels plummet after the initial high include:

  • fatty, sugary snacks such as doughnuts, pastries
  • fatty, salty snacks such as crisps, pork pies
  • cakes, biscuits and confectionery
  • alcohol - stick to a maximum of one glass of red wine daily if possible

*(Smaller meals throughout the day are much healthier for you and distribute the energy from food more effectively, maintaining balanced sugar levels. Another thing to consider is eating enough. If you drop your calorie intake below 1,000 a day, your body goes into starvation mode and thus slows your metabolism. Your body essentially forces you to slow down so that it can reserve energy.)

Exercise & Deep Breathing
The good news is that any amount of exercise is good for you, whether it's pushups on the living room floor, or doing some stretches in the shower. If you want to try some of the energy and body work methods, yoga, tai chi, qigong and reiki are all said to help improve energy levels. Try taking a few deep breaths while waiting at a red light or sitting on hold... The oxygen = energy and the bonus is relaxation!

Herbal Boosters, Nutrients and Vitamins

Make sure you get enough vitamin D, Iron, Zinc and vitamin E...

Some herbs shown to increase energy include: ginger, gingko biloba, licorice root, Siberian ginseng, carnitine, creatine, trimethylglycine, maca, rhodeola, royal jelly, turmeric, gotu kola, green tea, and maitake. Bee pollen is another thing you can try, often referred to as a "superfood".

If stress is the cause of your low energy levels, you can help counteract the effects by taking a special B-50 vitamin formula which contains more B vitamins than regular vitamin formulas. Other supplements you may benefit from include: L- Carnitine, coQ10, and NADH.

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