I’ve always had the stamina of an energizer bunny (go, go go!), but lately I’ve been losing some steam. Was too much sugar weighing me down? Or maybe I wasn’t getting enough shut eye? To get to the bottom of my bottom out, I went to Dr. Suneil Jain, a Phoenix naturopath with some high profile clients (Steve Nash) for his rev-me-up recommendations. Here’s what the good doc had to say:
Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. Juicing veggies can be an easy way of getting mega amounts of key energy producing nutrients into the diet on a regular basis.
Eat a proper balance of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates every meal.
Eliminate food intolerances. These foods can zap your energy right away without one even realizing it. Common sensitivities: dairy, gluten, soy, corn, and sugar.
Avoid refined sugars and limit simple carbohydrates. These can cause an insulin spike which can leave you tired, jittery and hungrier.
Avoid heavy meals. Oversized portions can cause your liver, gall bladder and pancreas to work extra hard (a process that utilizes energy), causing you to feel sluggish.
Exercise regularly. Exercise improves circulation and oxygen delivery to the heart and lungs which helps to boost energy. It also releases hormones and endorphins that help with both energy and metabolism—and improves mood!
Get vitamin B shots. Almost 50% of the patients I test are deficient in B12, a crucial vitamin that helps our metabolism by converting food into energy.
Cut your caffeine intake. Caffeine provides for short-term help but unfortunately hurts us in the long run. It puts a lot of stress on our adrenal glands leading to adrenal fatigue, one of the biggest causes of chronic sustained fatigue in the modern world.
Eat a healthy lunch. When we don’t consume a healthy lunch our bodies have to work extra hard trying to digest the food. This requires energy. So instead of having energy for us to physically use we are spending it on digestion.
Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is very important for overall energy production. Everyone ideally needs 7-8 hours a night to give our internal organs the needed rest to recover from the day’s stresses. Studies have shown that proper sleep allows us to actually save energy and has a net positive effect on metabolism.
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