By: Anthony Galante
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Energy, The biggest leg up for motivation, inspiration, productivity and accomplishment. Without energy, everything we do becomes more of a challenge and feels more like work, even when it isn’t. But when we’re filled with energy, we have the potential to not only feel, but actually BE unstoppable. This is a big reason why there’s a Starbuck’s on every corner, or an entire fridge set aside strictly for caffeinated and sugary beverages in virtually every gas station or grocery store we visit. We live in a society of GO, GO, GO and in order to keep going, we need to keep chasing energy. Sometimes the fastest or most convenient route to energy seems like the easiest or the best, but a lot of the things we do to get ourselves energized are in truth also sucking the energy out of us.
The cult classic in the world of energy fixes. Coffee actually doesn’t have to be bad for us, the antioxidants in java are actually something your body will love, but in moderation. The problem with coffee is that for most of us it’s not just one cup, it’s 7. It’s a burst of energy, then a crash, and if we’re not ready to crash we pour ourselves another until we make it through the day. It’s really just a bandage for fatigue and the more we drink, the more we need to get that boost. Luckily, we have other healthier options.
Sounds too obvious, right? Well, it is. Think about it, water accounts for roughly 60 percent of your body weight. All the vital systems and organs in your body require water in order to function properly. Even minor dehydration can cause those systems to slow down and make us feel sluggish. Try it, start your day with a big glass of water and anytime you start to feel fatigued have another glass or two. Most of us are dehydrated just about every day without even knowing it.
“You are what you eat.” A phrase most of us have heard before, and it can clearly apply to our energy level. Carbs, for instance are a great energizers. But there are two ways to eat carbs, white flour based for a quick boost followed by a quick crash, or whole grain options that give a natural you lasting energy. Consider every time you eat not just eating to fuel, but to nourish. That means also cutting back on those other quick boost/quick crash fixes like processed sugary candies and drinks, and boosting your intake of fruits and vegetables, enriched with natural sugars and, yes, WATER too.
The benefits of exercise aren’t something to be ignored. It may seem like the smart thing to do to sleep in when we’re feeling fatigued. But really, over sleeping can actually add to our cloudiness and make it harder to snap out of. If we get ourselves out of the bed and moving, when it’s time to go to sleep again we will get a more restful sleep without adding hours of extra pillow time to the equation. Exercise also increases endorphins, a natural hormone in our body that get’s us going and feeling motivated.
Sure, there are lots more tricks for energy boosting out there, and the benefits of our basics listed above go far beyond the length of this blog. The important thing to note here is just what these are, the basics. Our basic physical needs as humans: water, food and exercise. So why, when trying to boost our bodies, wouldn’t it make sense to bring our attention and care back to the basics?
Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of
health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.
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