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How To Gain and Keep Natural Energy

Body, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy eating, Nutrition | January 25th, 2009 1 Comment

Do you feel fatigued and listless? Is everything a monumental effort? Fatigue can be caused by millions of things, from stress to serious illness. If your doctor has given you a clean bill of health but you still don’t have any pep, there are natural ways to put a spring in your step.

Why Out Of Balance Eating Can Make You Feel Down

The body prefers to run on complex carbohydrates like brown rice or whole-wheat products, so if you are dieting and restricting your carbohydrates, you may feel fatigued. Low-calorie diets also reduce energy because you may be burning more calories than you are taking in. Veganism can lead to an iron and B12 deficiency since vegans don’t eat red meat, and if you consume junk food all the time, your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs.

Going to extremes with low-fat or high-fat diets can make your energy crash. To feel energetic, choose the right fats in the right amounts, and include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Don’t forget that eight glasses of water a day will help keep you from getting dehydrated. According to “Herbs for Health,” the following foods will give you a great post: yogurt, peanut butter, bananas, cheese and crackers, turkey-breast sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, chicken salad on whole-wheat bread, pasta salad, and baked potatoes with low-fat cheese.

Herbs That Give You Pep

Fortunately, nature has a bountiful supply of herbs to help pep you up. Cayenne stimulates your circulatory system, gotu kola revs up your nervous system, gingko biloba helps your memory, and Siberian ginseng strengthens your general constitution. Ginseng should be taken as a daily supplement, while cayenne, gotu kola, and gingko biloba should be tried one at a time in sequence–cayenne should be taken first, followed by gotu kola, then gingko.

Seaweed is also an energy producer that nourishes the body. Try kelp, kombu, jijiki, or dulse, and eat a vegetable from the sea at least once a week. You can get algae in tablet form if you don’t like the taste of seaweed. Oatstraw will help you recover from a period of intense stress. Use an ounce to a quart of boiling water, and add a beverage to flavor it. This infusion will only last for 4-8 hours on the counter top, and it must be refrigerated to retain its medicinal properties.

If you lack iron, take a tablespoonful of black-strap molasses or a dropper full of yellow-dock tincture. Dandelion-root tincture will help you with that dragged-out, everyday feeling. Take 10-20 drops with every meal.

Wonder Herb for Stress: Ashwagandha

In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, the herb Ashwagandha is used for its beneficial effects on the stress of modern living. This herb is used as an aphrodisiac but can also be employed to strengthen seniors and help the seriously debilitated recover their health. Ashwagandha can be purchased in bulk or tablet form and is said to give one “the strength of a horse.”

Pep It Up!

Constant energy is well within your grasp if you eat healthy, drink your water, exercise, and add a few herbs or sea vegetables to your diet. These components also help to manage your weight, improve your breathing, and lower your stress levels. You have a lot of remedies at your disposal, so dive in and tear at life with both hands!

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