More Energy in Three Steps

There are scores of energy examples. Solar, wind, and coal initially come to mind, with the first two mentioned increasing in awareness and development in an effort to help our planet stay “green”. As our external energy resources assist us in our daily lives, our personal energy levels need to come from the best available sources for optimal longevity.

Many citizens throughout the world choose a breakfast of pastries and a starchy high-carb lunch of macaroni and cheese or similar mid-afternoon crash and burners. These choices will result in an urge for a little or ‘super-sized’ pick-me-up, which is how the energy drink business is a $39.2 billion dollar industry worldwide. Yet, the ingredients of these ‘energy’ drinks, like caffeine and taurine, can pose compromised health effects.

So how do we safely increase energy the Dr. Bob “Approved” way? Below are some viable action steps that will help us stop yawning and start climbing Mt. Fuji with extra energy to spare:

1. Limit wheat consumption. i.e. bread, pasta, pizza, crackers, pretzels, and cereal. Most people love grains, but the grains we eat do not always love us. You may, without knowing it, have wheat sensitivity. Gluten-free diets are no longer a buzzword, but have becoming commonplace within the food industry because of the revelation that many individuals in our country have this sensitivity. Living wheat-free may be a challenge at first, but it is worth it when you consider some of the effects wheat has on sensitive individuals including:

– Energy depletion

– Digestive distress

– Skin outbreaks

Currently, gluten-free items can be more expensive, but there are many new websites targeted to those with sensitivities and have more options including:

2. Increase zinc and decrease copper consumption. A colleague of mine, Ann Louise Gittleman, wrote a book entitled, “Why Am I Always Tired?” Her hypothesis included that too much cooper depletes zinc in our bodies, and those with low zinc cannot make enough insulin, leading to a decrease in energy.

Foods with zinc include: Chicken, Turkey, and Pumpkin Seeds

Foods that displace copper, like manganese and sulfur:

– Eggs

– Green, leafy vegetables (kale and bok choy)

– Onions

– Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower)

– Blueberries

Foods with vitamin C are also helpful to displace copper:

– Bell peppers

– Tomatoes

– Strawberries

– Kiwi

3. Take care of your adrenal and thyroid. Overworked and stressed adrenal and thyroid glands can deplete energy levels. Limit sugar and “yeasty” foods. Again, foods containing vitamin C will provide help, and deep sea vegetables like kelp, salmon, and good sources of omega-3′s will benefit your thyroid.

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