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12 Things to Lift Your Energy Levels.

The busy world we live in seems to zap all our mental, physical, emotional and brain energy leaving us feeling wiped out and unable to function. Maybe if we take a few steps to prevent the burnout we are often faced with we can all lead better and more balanced lives.

1.Lower alcohol consumption. Alcohol depletes your nutritional status of B vitamins magnesium and zinc. It also dehydrates the body and causes insulin sugar spikes followed by energy slumps.

2 Exercise. Research suggests regular exercise can increase energy levels even among people suffering from chronic medical conditions associated with fatigue, like cancer and heart disease.

It may seem counterintuitive, but researchers say expending energy by engaging in regular exercise may pay off with increased energy in the long run.

"A lot of times when people are fatigued, the last thing they want to do is exercise," says researcher Patrick O'Connor, PhD, in a news release. "But if you're physically inactive and fatigued, being just a bit more active will help," says O'Connor, co-director of the University of Georgia exercise psychology laboratory, in Athens.

3 Meditation and yoga. Yoga gives the body energy, vitality and endurance. In addition, it benefits the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and hormonal systems. 

Regular meditation is essential for facilitating the flow of this energy. However, more meditation is not necessarily better. Normally, about 20 minutes once a day, or 10 minutes twice a day is effective.

4. Green foods. Such as spinach broccoli, silver beet, rocket are full of nutrients especially magnesium. All magnesium rich foods enhance your energy levels. Magnesium requirements are higher during times of stress and when working long hours.

5. Sleep We can all attest to the restorative properties of sleep. New research is expanding our knowledge of how and when sleep performs its magic. Using an animal model, researchers discovered the initial stages of sleep appear to dramatically recharge energy levels in brain regions that are active during waking hours. Researchers believe the findings may mean that a surge of cellular energy may replenish brain processes needed to function normally while awake. A good nights rest has clear restorative benefits. Radhika Basheer, PhD, and Robert McCarley, MD, of Boston V.A. Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School, proposed that brain energy levels are key to nightly restoration.

4.Hydration. Water has a profound effect on brain function and energy levels.  Even a slight dehydration can produce a small but critical shrinkage of the brain, impairing neuromuscular coordination, concentration and thinking.   A deficiency of water can alter the concentration of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and chloride which has a negative effect on the function of the brain.

Dehydration often results in constipation, which causes sluggishness and significantly reduces energy levels

5. Fibre. Again a lack of fibre causes constipation which has a significant impact on our energy levels.

6. Work life balance. Very hard for some to achieve. At least try and get out the door on time 2 times a week. Sometimes life and health choices need to be reconsidered.

7. Regular holidays. A must, and at least 4 weeks a year. Make sure there is plenty of relax time included. Treat yourself to holiday massages to help wind down. Sun, books, pleasant healthy lunches, walks in nature and afternoon naps will help restore your chi!

8. Detox the body. Regular detoxes from modern life will help alkalize, detox and recharge your battery. Use spirulina and liver herbs to enhance your detox results. For more information visit our liver detoxification page on our website. I recommend at least 3 detoxes a year, of 1 to 2 weeks or more in length.

9. Supplement. When life is too busy and gets in the way of a healthy diet/lifestyle. It is important to select the correct supplements that are most suitable for your needs. Ask our naturopath if you are unsure. Below are some guidelines.

Siberian ginseng; Excellent herb for adrenal exhaustion. When working long hours, busy with children and never have any time to yourself. This herb will help recharge your batteries and prevent that burnt out feeling.

B multivitamins, when stressed combined with long work hours our nutrient requirements are higher. Also important when one does not have time to cook healthy meals everynight.

Magnesium, nervous stress combined with a hectic lifestyle. Also, useful for people who train hard. Our magnesium deficient signs include low energy levels, poor sleep habits, diet low in greens, headaches, migraines, cramps and pmt. Bioceuticals ultra muscleze, nutrimedicine mag 300 biocomplex or pure innovation/dr vera mag citrate capsules

Coenzyme Q10, will give an instant pick up in energy levels also a great anti ageing antioxidant and excellent for cardiovascular health and fertility.

Liver Herbs i.e livco,will enhance the energy levels if alcohol is regularly consumed. Take at night with a magnesium, mineral supplement, after you have been out to avoid a hangover.

Also organic spirulina and vital greens will enhance your energy levels.

Sleep herbs like valerian and kava will help you get a good nights sleep, if sleep is an issue for you. For more information on our professional supplement range.

10. Stop. Take time out, and spend time alone each week. Read the newspaper in the sun, a relaxing walk, a coffee in a cafe. We all need time alone to bring some clarity into our lives.

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