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Energy to Burn…

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Many health issues can contribute to lethargy, including obesity, adrenal fatigue, a sluggish liver, unstable blood sugar levels, stress, anxiety and depression, lowered immunity and chronic infections, and nutritional deficiencies from a diet high in processed food or lacking nutrients. Through balancing your diet and supplementing in areas where you may be lacking vital nutrients, you can make profound changes to your energy levels.

Extra weight is a common cause of tiredness. Boosting your metabolism through diet and exercise is a guaranteed way to lose weight and increase your energy levels. The easiest way to boost your metabolism is by increasing the amount of muscle you have. Your muscles are your body’s metabolic engines. Every 0.5kg of muscle you have burns about 50 calories a day, compared to 0.5kg of fat, which burns just two calories a day. The best way to increase your muscles is by lifting weights two to three times a week. Many simple everyday foods can be used to support the body in fat burning.

The liver performs many vital functions, including the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. It removes drugs and hormones from the body and stores glycogens, vitamins and minerals, just to name a few. When the liver isn’t functioning well it’s no surprise that your energy levels aren’t optional. Reduction of saturated fats, refined sugars, alcohol and coffee can be a great start to strengthening the liver. Start your day with a squeeze of lemon juice in room-temperature filtered water to stimulate detoxification and flush out toxins

Blood sugar, also called glucose, is the basic fuel the body uses to produce energy. When you eat foods containing carbohydrate, those foods are broken down in the stomach into sugar (glucose), which then goes into the cells of the body and is metabolized into energy. Sugars are also used as building blocks for other parts of the body. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells it can cause many problems: the cells may damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart. Hypoglycemia, also known as low sugar, occurs when your blood glucose level drops too low to provide enough energy for your body’s activities. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include dizziness, sweating, hunger, headache, pale skin colour, clumsy movements, sudden mood changes, poor concentration and tingling sensations around the mouth . If you feel your energy levels drop around 3pm, you crave sugar, or suffer from dizziness, light headedness, headaches when hungry, anxiety or nausea, you may suffer from hypoglycemia, Cutting out sugary foods and choosing a protein – packed snack as nuts or a boiled egg instead could make a remarkable difference to your energy level.

Stress, anxiety and depression can certainly affect energy levels. During times of stress the body burns up essential vitamins and minerals quickly, in particular the water-soluble vitamins C and the B group. Herbs such as passionflower and chamomile can help calm the nervous system as they are nerve tonics. St John’s wort is a very popular antidepressant herb. Hypericum extract contains numerous active compounds that together create the antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects. Hypericum is the first known substance to enhance three key neurotransmitters – serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Lowered immunity and chronic infections can also leave you feeling sapped of energy. There are many vitamins, minerals and herbs that can enhance immunity. The B group enhances the effectiveness of white blood cells, which fight bacteria and viruses. Vitamins A , C, D and E promote immune function. Zinc is essential for the optimal function of the immune system. Antioxidants help to build and strengthen the immune system, Build your immune system through proper nutrition and supplementation with a multivitamin.

It’s not difficult to make simple changes in diet and lifestyle to boost energy levels. By changing your diet to feature fresh fruit, vegetables, lean animal protein, nuts, wholegrains, legumes, herbs spices, you can put the spring back into your step. Regular consumption of a multivitamin/ mineral supplement can also provide you with nutritional insurance, filling the gaps between what you should be eating and what you actually eat.

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Joe Busuttil – Clinical Hypnothyerapist, Psychotherapist and Life Coach – 0412 – 277 488

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