More Energy in Three Steps
There are scores of examples of energy. 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”. Like our external energy resources assist us in our daily lives, our personal energy levels need to come from the best available source for optimal longevity.
Many citizens worldwide 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 sometimes do not love us. You may have, unknown to you, wheat sensitivity. Gluten-free diets are no longer a buzzword, but 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 sensitive individuals. These indications include:
– 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: glutenfreeonashoestring.com
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 too much copper 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:
– Green, leafy vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower)
– Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower)
Foods with vitamin C are also helpful to displace copper:
– Bell peppers
– Kiwi fruit
3. Take care of your adrenal and thyroid. An overworked and stressed adrenal gland and thyroid gland can deplete our 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.