5 Ways to Boost Your Energy

 
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"Energy is essential in this sleep-deprived, overstretched, high-speed world. How do we recharge our batteries when there is a constant drain on our resources?

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Tip #1: Try Diaphragmatic Breathing:
In traditional Chinese medicine (a form of alternative medicine), energy is called "qi" (pronounced "chi"), and one of the most important ways we make qi is by breathing deeply. Stress, poor posture, a snug waistline, and habit are some of the reasons why our breath doesn't make it down to the bottom of our lungs.

Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as belly breathing, is a simple practice used in alternative medicine to increase qi energy and improve stamina. How to Breathe With Your Belly.

Tip #2: Get a Good Night Sleep:
Most of us know that 8 hours of sleep per night is optimal. But according to alternative medicine practitioners, the actual time you fall asleep is important too. Sleeping from 1 am to 9 am is not thought to be as restorative as sleeping from 10 pm to 6 am.

The reason why is because hormone secretion, body temperature, digestion, and other important restorative processes follow a 24-hour cycle linked to natural light exposure. The later in the evening we fall asleep and the later in the morning we wake up, the more out-of-sync our cycle becomes. If you've ever gone to bed at 3 am and woken up the next morning at 11 am, you may have noticed that you feel worn down and not fully "with it".

Growth hormone is one such restorative hormone. Eighty percent of growth hormone, which is needed for lean muscle, optimum immune function, and strong skin, is secreted during sleep between the hours of 11 pm and 1 am.

Try to go to bed before 10 pm. It may be difficult to get used to getting to bed at an early time, especially if you work late or if night-time is your only downtime and you like to watch late-night television.

But you'll be rewarded with increased energy.

Tip #3: Eliminate Energy-Sappers From Your Diet:
Not enough alkaline-forming foods in your diet - Foods that are alkaline-forming include figs, molasses, green leafy vegetables, almonds, beets, dates, celery, canteloupe, and parsley (this page has a list of alkaline vs. acid foods and explains the concept of alkaline- and acid-forming foods).

In addition to eating these foods, taking 1 teaspoon of a greens powder every morning mixed into juice or a smoothie can also raise energy.

Excess sugar - Excess sugar causes fluctuations in blood sugar, which can result in plummeting energy levels. Try to decrease refined sugar. Watch out for low-fat foods -- many have forms of sugar, such as high-fructose corn syrup, added to make the food more palatable.

Insufficent protein - With high-protein, low-carb diets being so popular, it's hard to believe it but insufficient protein is a common reason for fatigue. Pack some almonds and nuts for a quick and convenient protein snack.

Too much coffee - Although coffee initially raises stress hormones and gives a rush of energy, consuming several cups or more of coffee per day can promote burnout. Try to gradually cut back to one cup a day.

Not enough water - One of the most common reasons for low energy is not drinking enough water.

Tip #4: Take 20 Minutes Every Day Just For You:
Create a daily ritual where you take 20 to 30 minutes for yourself just relaxing and doing nothing (no watching TV or surfing the net). Pick up a book, listen to music, meditate, have a cup of tea, or try a new yoga pose.

Tip #5: Consider a Multivitamin:
According to some practitioners, people who are under chronic stress may require more B vitamins.

If you're considering using it, talk to your doctor to weigh the potential risks and benefits. Keep in mind that alternative medicine should not be used as a substitute for standard care. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences".

Fuente: www.verywell.com
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