In honour of World Health Day, celebrated today on April 7th enjoy Three Healthy Tips to Energize Your Spring Day.
Spring is a time of renewal and all things new. The dormant trees fill with buds and aromatic smells. The birds seem to chirp a little longer and you should be feeling the energy of a new year. Spring is the time to lose the grogginess of a winter spent hibernating on your couch. These 3 tips are sure to put a bounce in your step and renewed energy.
Add fiber to your diet. The average North American transit time is 72 hours; optimal is 12 – 24 hours. You should be having two- to- three easy, formed bowel movements a day; one meal in equals one meal out. The colon works best when it is full of water and indigestible plant fibre. This means lots of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes and raw nuts and seeds. Fiber provides a longer lasting energy supply which keeps insulin levels steady. Steady insulin reduces mood swings and spikes of energy bursts followed by a crash of lethargy.
Water is a healing comforting spiritual energy drink. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher, has spent his life connecting the emotional energy of water and our physical well-being.Photographing and analyzing crystals of frozen water helped him prove that negative energy affects our chemical make-up and a simple prayer of healing can physically manipulate one’s metabolic structure to one of health and vitality.
According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, the body is 25% solid matter, the rest is water. 85% of brain tissue and muscle is water, the liver is 82% water and the bones are 22% water. A mere 5% drop in water levels in the body causes 25 – 30% loss of energy. Mild dehydration can cause the metabolism to slow down by 3%. A 2% drop in fluid levels can cause fuzzy, short-term memory. A 15% drop is enough to cause death! Proper hydration can alleviate fatigue, irritability, depression and anxiety.
Add an additional 8 oz of water pre and post exercise, and each glass of caffeinated beverage requires 8.5 oz of water as caffeine is a diuretic that increases dehydration.
Exercise improves mood and gives you lasting energy. You do not have to become a gym junkie. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and start walking. Walking especially outdoors is not only friendly to the pocketbook it becomes a mind, body spiritual adventure. Walking is one of the best ways to lower stress, blood pressure and cholesterol. Walking brightens your mood, lifts the spirit and increases energy. In one study that compared exercise with antidepressants among
older adults, investigators found that physical activity was the more effective depression-fighter
A body in motion stays in motion which raises metabolism and keeps our energy boosted, stays in motion throughout the day. A great side effect is weight loss-what a great bonus.
Get a good night’s rest. Sleep is restorative and is a time when the body is assimilating
the day’s nutrients for repair and growth. Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. Keep your room dark, free of ambient lighting from night lights, cell phones and bright alarm clocks. Your body needs to go into REM cycle to process your daily events. Darkness also triggers the release of the hormone melatonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep and many other functions in your body. A good night’s sleep leaves you feeling energized and lower stress.
Apply these four tips to get that spring into your step and renewed energy. Happy World health day!
The information provided in this article has not been approved by the FDA and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. This article is not recommending changing any treatment or medication you are taking without consulting with your personal physician or qualified health care practitioner. Before implementing any suggestions seen here please consult with your physician or qualified health care practitioner