Boost Your Energy

Boost Your Energy

Annette Doody, Savory Bistro Owner & Wellness Coach

Dear Annette:
I need energy!!! Summer is ending and that means fall schedules and holidays around the corner. I just drag my feet some days, please help!

Dear Reader:
Today’s schedules are demanding. Energy is a something we all need more of. Many people tell me how tired and run down they feel at times. It seems we have run out of energy. What creates energy for us? We create energy through the mitochondria. How many remember the Krebs cycle from biology? We need healthy mitochondria for optimal energy. It is also extremely important for cell regeneration to prevent aging and imperative for healthy cognition, for fighting inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the body. We need BDNF Brain- derived neutrophic factor to create new and healthy brains cells. If the brain is sluggish, so is every other system in the body. Certain foods lend themselves more to creating strong mitochondria and turn on the gene to create BDNF.

The top 12 food choices for healthy mitochondria based on the Functional Medicine Institute are:
• Almonds
• Avocado
• Grass fed beef or buffalo (bison)
• Blueberries
• Broccoli (all cruciferous vegetables)
• Coconut oil
• Green tea
• Olive oil
• Pomegranate seeds
• Salmon
• Seaweed
• Spinach

It is best to eat organic foods as toxins are what deplete your energy.

Diet is extremely important but so is sleep. Good sleep hygiene can really help. Some pointers for good sleep are:
• Get in a routine; go to bed at the same time every night. Get at least two hours of sleep before midnight.
• Have no clutter in your bedroom.
• Do not eat a heavy meal before going
to bed.
• Use lavender oil in your bedroom.
• Take the TV out of the bedroom.
• Do some meditation or breathing exercises before sleeping.

Strangely enough we have to move to have more energy. People who exercise on a regular basis report having more energy than those who are more sedentary.

Stay away from processed foods and sugar they are big energy thieves.

Having more energy is all about lifestyle choices . The good news is we can create it for ourselves!

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