Increase your Energy Naturally!
Energy truly governs our lives. Low energy can mean the difference between crawling and walking through life. In fact, fatigue-related complaints are one of the top five reasons people visit their physician. America is open for business 24 hours a day and "burnout" is extremely common.
Here are the five most common reasons for energy depletion:
1. LACK OF SLEEP: Almost 50% of the U.S. population has sleep-related problems like insomnia. A new study reports that an astounding 25% of adults feel that sleep and success are mutually exclusive. Lack of sleep drains your energy, reduces immune response, lowers your sex drive, and raises blood pressure. Giving up 90 minutes, of the standard "8 hours", reduces daytime alertness up to 33%!
2) STRESS: No one lives a completely stress free life. Stress depends on how you react to the changes and demands of your life. Chronic stress takes an extra toll on energy, targeting organs like the adrenal glands and taxing their stores to the point of depletion. This exhaustion is revealed in how you look and feel. The more "stressed out" you become, the more vulnerable you are to chronic health problems.
3. ADRENAL EXHAUSTION: The adrenal glands are the most affected by stress, emotional strain, anger or exhaustion. When you're under pressure, the adrenal medulla secretes adrenaline and norepinephrine to accelerate metabolism, heart rate, respiration and perspiration. These are natural responses vital to survival; they strengthen the body and increase its resistance to stress. But when the adrenals release too few or too many hormones, exhaustion can result.
4. THYROID MALFUNCTION: Because your thyroid gland governs your metabolism, its smooth running is crucial to providing vital energy resources. Since World War II, an above average number of people have developed thyroid problems; it is thought, largely, to be a result of all the new chemicals and pollutants in our environment. Today hypothyroidism (low thyroid) affects 15 million people, the vast majority of them women.
5. OVER-USE OF STIMULANTS LIKE CAFFEINE, SUGAR OR DRUGS: Americans want quick fixes and we often end up paying the price in terms of our health. Nine out of ten Americans use caffeine in some form, typically 2 cups of coffee a day. Caffeine acts as a nervous system stimulant and is notorious for wiping out the adrenals, leading to lowered energy levels. Sugar consumption of the average American is 150 pounds of sugar a year, a whopping 1200% increase from a century ago. Over-use of either caffeine or sugar results in an increase in blood sugar levels. In an effort to clean up the excess sugar in the blood, insulin, our body's blood sugar regulator, removes too much sugar, causing low blood sugar reactions and more fatigue.
The good news is... Natural energizers have great advantages over chemically processed stimulants. They don't exhaust the body, and are supporting rather than depleting. They can be strong or gentle as needed.
A few simple things you can do today to bring more energy into your life
- Don't worry. Worries are a storehouse of wasted energy.
- Cultivate relationships with people who inspire you and make you feel good.
- Spend time in nature. Getting a little Earth in your soul can reduce stress and lift your spirits.
Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath, is an internationally renowned author, educator, and classical herbalist.
Dr. Page is an Adjunct Professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She is a member of The American Naturopathic Medical Association. The California Naturopathic Association, The American Herbalist Guild The American Botanical Council and The Herb Research Foundation. Author of the best-selling book, Healthy Healing, A Guide to Self Healing for Everyone, now in the 12th edition. Dr. Page owns and formulates Crystal Star Herbal Nutrition supplements.