Secret Recipe for More Energy

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At Integrative Health, the most common concern from our patients is fatigue.  Fatigue is a symptom that can result from many kinds of imbalances in the body. That is why it’s important to test for some of the common culprits for fatigue such as anemia, thyroid disease, adrenal or other hormonal dysfunction, dehydration, nutrient deficiencies, toxic body burdens, allergies, or infections. All of these things can contribute greatly to feelings of fatigue and loss of stamina. In addition to correcting any underlying imbalances, it’s important to make conscious lifestyle decision to generate energy with your long-term health in mind.  As Brendon Burchard says, “A power plant doesn’t have energy, it generates energy.”  It can be very hard to have energy when you aren’t doing things that generate energy.

We are excited to share our not-so secret recipe for generating more energy in your life:

One Part Movementasdgsa

 Start with one part movement in the form of yoga, burst training, or any other form of exercise. One danger of modern living is being stationary. If you find yourself sitting at work or on the couch for too long, your energy can become stagnant.  Make sure to get up and stretch, go for a short walk, or even try desk exercises.

One Part Water

Water is the best energy drink out there! Many people don’t realize that one major cause of fatigue is dehydration. So rather than reach for coffee, artificial drinks, and stimulants when feeling fatigued, try reaching for water instead. Plus, it is much less expensive than other “energy” drinks that can add up quickly.

One Part Sleep

 Sleep is when the body does all its major healing, restoring, hormone balancing, and repairing. Adequate sleep is needed to help reduce stress and increase energy. Be sure to get at least 8 hours of high quality sleep every night. Remember, it is not healthy to run on empty day after day.

One Part Nutrients & Herbs

asgdaAdding specific nutrients and herbs to your diet can help increase energy and give your body the extra support it needs, especially if you are deficient in key nutrients. One common deficiency is B vitamins. A B12 shot or B complex may provide a healthy boost in your energy levels.

Stress can also play a big part in fatigue. Herbal adaptogens help your body adapt to stress and support the adrenal glands. Adaptogens can help keep your energy from dipping mid day or can help you resolve the “wired and tired” feelings in the evening. Adaptogens include things like Ashwagandha, Maca, Ginseng, Licorice root, Rhodiola, Holy basil, and Eleutherococcus.

One Part Stress Management

There are many things in our modern lives that keep us in a state of chronic stress. It is important to learn coping skills to deal with stress in healthy ways. For example, doing an inventory of the relationships you have in your life is key. Make sure to release toxic relationships that are wearing you down.  Another example is taking deep breaths and relaxing the tension you may be holding in your muscles as if you are at the beach.  It’s good to take a moment to go to your “happy place” even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Mix all together and top it off with passion!

One of the best energizers and motivators is to get inspired and follow your passions in life! Ask yourself when you are most excited and full of energy.   Is it when you are volunteering for a charity, playing with your grandchildren, or is it when you are following your dream and serving others?  Or maybe it’s when you are out on a hot date?!  Either way, block time to add more of this in your life.  You deserve it!

Shared by Dr. Christianson

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