Eight Ways To Feel More Energized
The obvious solution is to get more sleep. To be productive, most middle-aged adults need at least seven hours each night. But some people get adequate sleep-and still feel tired. Try these strategies to get more pep…
- Drink more water. It’s an old saw, but true. Most folks just don’t drink enough water. That’s too bad because dehydration makes us sluggish. To determine how many ounces of water you should drink each day, divide your weight by two, this number is the number of ounces of water that you should consume. For example, if you weigh 100 lbs, divide 100 by 2, which equals 50; you should consume at least 50 ounces of water each day. Add an extra eight ounces for every 30 minutes of aerobic exercise you perform, plus an additional eight ounces for each cup of caffeinated coffee, black tea or soda you consume.
- Take a daily whole food supplement, like SuperNanoGreens10 and chlorella. Micronutrients and phytochemicals provide energy and help maintain healthy muscle and nerve cells. Aging and stress increase our need for these nutrients, while alcohol and caffeine deplete them from our bodies.
- Try licorice. This herb improves immune health, so it’s a great tonic for people with fatigue. Use the herb, not the candy. Take daily for up to two months. Caution: Check with your doctor before trying this, or any, herbal remedy. Licorice is not safe for people with high blood pressure or liver or kidney disease. If you dislike the taste of licorice: Try Shisandra. Like licorice, this herb helps the body overcome exhaustion by enhancing immune function. Take daily for up to two months.
- Exercise. Starting an exercise program can feel overwhelming if you suffer from fatigue. That’s why I recommend gentle stretching exercises combined with walking. For specific exercises, get a copy of the book Stretching, by Bob and Jean Anderson:
- Lose weight. Even a small weight gain is enough to make some people tired. Hard to believe? Imagine strapping a 10-pound bag of sugar to your back and taking it with you everywhere you go. You’ll have more energy if you drop unnecessary body weight.
- Declutter. Living in a mess and feeling guilty about it is tiring. Clutter also distracts the mind, making it more difficult to concentrate. Get one room, or even one area, organized. You’ll get a boost.
- Pare down your schedule. Doing less is tough. But over-scheduling is a primary cause of fatigue. If you’re tired, keep a journal of you daily activities for one week. You’ll probably find that you are doing more than you think. Is all of it necessary? Is it enjoyable? If not, eliminate some activities and make time for rest and pleasure.
- Have fun. We all know that laughter is essential to physical well-being. But, sadly, merriment is a foreign concept for some people. Finding delight in life is energizing. Whether it’s mountain climbing or reading in a hammock, find the things that give you a lift and indulge. (Bottom Line Health, September 2001.)
If you are a patient in our Sacramento chiropractic office, ask Dr. Jeri about any of these suggestions. If you are not a patient in our office, ask your health professional before trying these simple tips.