Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Natural ways to boost your energy

Your energy level can depend on how much you live life.  True, we all come with different levels; some people are always ready to take on the world, while others never seem to have enough energy to get through the day. But we all want to be excited about life and be able to do all the things we love. If you could use a boost in energy consider the following.

Escape the sugar trap
Sugar gives a jolt of energy, but it is short lasting and you will pay later. A burst of sugar flooding your blood cues the body to secrete insulin, which rounds the sugar up for storage. Your sugar high then becomes a sugar low. Choose complex carbohydrates that are released into the bloodstream slower.

Try yoga 
While this won’t magically give you energy, it releases the energy you have by releasing pent-up tension in the body. Tension is energy that’s blocked, when you release it you make the energy you have useable.

Sitting quietly in a relaxed position with your eyes shut, repeating a simple word over and over again while shutting out distracting thoughts can reduce the body’s response to stress. This state of restful alertness you achieve through meditation is the optimum state of functioning. Meditation can help you feel perfectly relaxed and invigorated at the same time.

Take a shower
The water temperature doesn’t matter. It’s the falling water that gives you a kick. There is a special thing found in falling water, it’s called a negative ion. This is a molecule that adopted an extra electron. For people who are ion sensitive it's nature’s little pick me up. High concentrations of negative ions in the air lower the levels of a brain chemical called serotonin, which in turn makes us more cheerful and energetic.

Take vitamin C
Medical studies have suggested that people whose diets are lacking in vitamin C fatigue more quickly than those whose intakes are high. However, you can’t just take vitamin C and expect it to act like a pep pill. It will only be effective if your lack of energy is the result of a nutritional lack.    

Eat a good breakfast
You can use up 500-600 calories getting a good night’s sleep. You may not wake up hungry but your body has been depleted of the vitamins and minerals that give you the energy to tackle a brand new day. Not eating breakfast results in feeling headachy.

Give yourself something to look forward to
Anticipation of good things to come can give you a burst of energy. When you are looking forward to things, especially when pursuing a valued goal you liven up, have more energy, and concentrate better.

Get away from it all
Taking a vacation is a surefire way to recharge. Getting away from it all gets you out of your rut.

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