Five Ways to Increase Your Energy
Posted 11/10/2016 by UHBlog
When your get up and go has got up and gone, it’s time to think about ways to boost your energy level.
“Healthy, active individuals should have enough energy to allow them to perform their daily activities and to think and communicate clearly,” says licensed acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor Lina Sbrocco ND, MSOM, NCCAOM, LAC.
Sbrocco says the reason people experience sluggishness and low energy is often due to lifestyle factors like poor nutrition, lack of sleep and daily stress. Other factors include an infection that is not being treated properly, hormonal imbalances or poor digestive health.
As a naturopath who blends modern scientific medicine and knowledge with natural and traditional therapies, Sbrocco takes a holistic approach to her patient’s health.
“Fortunately people can become re-energized through healthy lifestyle choices,” she says.
Sbrocco suggests five ways you can increase your energy:
- Eat right. When you eat a nutritious, well-balance diet your blood sugar levels are steady, which allows your energy level to stay constant throughout the day.
“Don’t skip breakfast and eat lots of whole-plant foods like fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains,” Sbrocco says. “Include healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit, raw nuts/nut butters, seeds, cheese and hummus. Avoid the tempting snacks, such as donuts, candy bars, potato chips and soda, which can leave you feeling zapped.”
- Drink up. Every system in your body depends on water, which makes up 60 percent of your body weight. Mild dehydration can contribute to low energy, so drink plenty of water or green tea daily.
- Sleep tight. Sbrocco recommends six to eight hours of sleep a night and a regular bedtime and wake-up routine, even on weekends.
“This allows the body’s internal clock to help you fall asleep and wake up easier,” she says. Other sleeping tips are:
- Create a calming, cozy atmosphere in your bedroom
- Reserve your bed for sleep and intimacy only
- Maintain a regular nighttime ritual
- Keep your bedroom cool at night
- Avoid caffeine or energy drinks in the later afternoon and evening
- Avoid screen time an hour before bedtime
- Move it.When you exercise, your heart pumps more oxygen and nutrients into the blood stream, which improves your ability to produce more energy.
“The body was made to move,” says Sbrocco. “People should exercise for thirty minutes at least 4 to 5 times a week. That can include exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, yoga or tai chi.”
- Deep breaths. Incorrect, shallow breathing prevents your body from getting enough oxygen, and can make you feel zapped at the end of a stress-filled day.
“By stopping during the day to take a few deep breaths, you can slow your heart rate, lower blood pressure and provide your body with more energy,” she says.
If you need help, consider a naturopathic wellness consultation. A naturopathic doctor takes your complete health history with special attention paid to medications and possible herb-drug interactions. An individualized wellness plan is then created based on your specific needs and goals. To learn more, visit University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network online or call 216-285-4070.
Lina Sbrocco, ND, MSOM, NCCAOM, LAc is a naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncturist with UH Connor Integrative Health Network. You can request an appointment with Sbrocco or any other health care provider online.