• Try essential oils like peppermint, lemon or rosemary to lift your spirits and increase energy. In an experiment conducted by the American Advancement of Science on 13 key-punch operators, adding the scent of lemon at work produced a 54% decrease in errors!
• Supplement with "power nutrients" like CoQ10, NADH and Alpha Lipoic Acid. These nutrients increase body energy.
• Take a brisk walk in the fresh air, especially if you work at a sedentary job. A 20 -30 minute walk can renew your energy, increase metabolism and relieve stress that may be draining you.
• Too tired to go out? Try taking a shower! It works great when you just don't feel like you're going make it. Add an invigorating bath gel to awaken the senses.
2. Renew Long-Term Vitality
• Adaptogen herbs like Siberian eleuthero, astragalus and schizandra are ideal for people who want long-term energy support, without over stimulation. Adaptogens strengthen your body's resistance to toxic stress reactions that lead to exhaustion.
• Electrolyte replacement products are a great way to recharge. Electrolytes are ionized salts (minerals) found in body fluids and the bloodstream your body's natural source of electrical energy. Today's foods are painfully low in the trace minerals needed to maintain electrolyte activity. Stress, too, depletes trace minerals.
• People who engage in intensive mental work, battle with lack of focus and mental exhaustion--ginkgo biloba and gotu kola nourish the brain.
• Relaxation therapy is key for long-term vitality. Research from the W. Oakland Health Center finds meditation for 20 minutes, twice daily, is as effective as drug therapy to lower high blood pressure.
• Exercise! Just 30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times a week improves heart and muscle strength, revives sluggish circulation and deepens sleep, so you'll have more energy. Exercise increases lymph flow, moving toxins out and bringing oxygen into your cells.
3. Hormonal Health Plays a Role in Energy Levels for Both Sexes
In working with hundreds of men and women, I have developed programs to meet their energy needs.
The Female System
• After menopause, the adrenals and other glands pick up the job of estrogen secretion to keep a woman healthy. Due to stressful living and poor eating habits, many women reach their menopausal years with prematurely worn out adrenals. An herbal supplement with amla berry, licorice and Siberian eleuthero can work wonders in these cases.
• Low thyroid can mean sluggishness, weight gain and fatigue. 2 TBS. of dried sea vegetables daily is a therapeutic dose to help reactivate thyroid health for stronger metabolism and body energy.
The Male System
• Men, like women, have hormonal cycles that influence physical and mental performance. Testosterone levels can fluctuate dramatically at different times in life. Testosterone levels generally start declining at age 40, falling by 10% each decade. This phenomenon, called male andropause, can lead to decreased sex drive, loss of muscle strength, and energy.
• Herbal hormone energizers like panax ginseng, sarsaparilla and saw palmetto nourish the male reproductive system, encourage testosterone balance and help pull an older man out of an energy slump.
• Get early morning sunlight every day possible, for hormone stimulating vitamin D.
4. Bring More Energy into Your Life
• Don't worry. Worries are a storehouse of wasted energy.
• Cultivate relationships with people who inspire you and make you feel good.
• Spend time in nature to reduce stress and lift your spirits.
Disclaimer: This material is intended as an educational tool and not to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. Statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Please consult a health professional if you have questions about your health.
LINDA PAGE, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath, is an internationally renowned author, educator, and classical herbalist. Dr. Page's best-selling book, Healthy Healing, A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone, is now in the 12th edition. Dr. Page owns and formulates Crystal Star Herbal Nutrition supplements. For more information about Dr. Page, Healthy Healing, and Crystal Star Herbal Nutrition go to: http://www.healthyhealing.com
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