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March 21, 2011

Increase Energy Levels in 5 Simple Ways

Energy Levels and Sleeping in the Dark
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Increase in Years Does Not Increase Energy Levels

“How do I increase my energy level?”  Well, ss you add more candles to your birthday cake, your energy levels go down by a few notches. People over the age of 35 share the same feeling that they do not have the strength and vitality they used to. The physical changes that accompany the process of aging is one factor why energy levels are sapped. Among other things, you experience a decline in muscle mass as you age making you feel weaker and fatigued. As you age, you find life more complicated and onerous. You realize that to be able to keep up with the complicated, breakneck pace of life, you have to find ways to increase energy levels. Try these five simple and inexpensive ways.

Increase Energy Levels By Sleeping in the Dark

Deep sleep is key to recharging your batteries. However, as you age, the number of hours spent sleeping deeply diminishes. You will often find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and find it hard to go back to sleep. The decline in melatonin levels as one ages may explain this. Melatonin is a substance that makes you feel sleepy at night. As its levels decline with age, many old people suffer insomnia. Sleeping in the dark may somehow help you get a deep sleep. This is because light impedes the secretion of melatonin. A good night’s sleep will increase energy levels you can use the next day.

Increase Energy Levels By Adding Brain Food And Subtracting Excess Sugar

Pure fat is used in the brain to insulate billions of nerve cells and makes up about 50 to 60 percent of the organ’s total weight. Insulation helps cells send messages faster, hence,  accelerating your thought process. To keep you mentally alert, eat mackerel, wild salmon, anchovies, dark leafy green vegetables and other healthy sources of fat. Also eat nuts, almonds and other foods rich in protein to increase energy levels because protein deficiency can lead to fatigue. While enjoying these healthy stuff, cut down on refined sugar consumption because excess sugar can cause blood sugar levels to seesaw. This fluctuation can make energy levels plunge.

Stretching and Breathing Can Increase Energy Levels

Increase energy levels by stretching regularly. This simple activity does not just make your tendons and muscles healthy, it also boosts blood flow to your brain by opening and clearing arteries that lead to this vital organ. Sufficient oxygen supply to the brain will make you feel invigorated. Another simple way to increase energy levels, according to Chinese Medicine, is by breathing deeply. Diaphragmatic or belly breathing ensures that you suck in air down to the bottom of your lungs, giving you a boost in stamina.

Walk To Increase Energy Levels

Walking has several benefits including increasing energy levels. Walking boosts your blood circulation, thus, making you feel healthier and energetic. The surge of endorphins triggered by walking also adds to that great feeling.

Increase Energy Levels By Amplifying Gratitude

Saying, “Thank you” can increase energy levels. Allot a few minutes to express your gratitude for all the blessings and experiences you had for the day before going to sleep. This will make you realize how blessed you are, making you feel good and energized. You can also do this upon waking up or every time you feel weak or blue.

Defy the weakening effects of aging by getting ample deep sleep, eating energizing foods, walking, stretching and breathing properly and expressing gratitude for all the blessings that you have.

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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