Boost Your Energy Naturally
I recently did some research online to see what I can do to increase my energy levels naturally.
As an athlete, you can’t train or perform at your best with no energy, so it’s important for you to address energy issues.
I’ve found that this topic can get kind of complex, so I’m going to share the stuff that I found simple to grasp.
There’s two parts to this series, click below to check out part two.
Let’s get this party started.
Lesson #1 – Nutritional Balancing Can Get to the Root of Your Energy Deficiency Issue
In “How to Increase Your Energy,” Dr. Lawrence Wilson, a doctor with over 30 years in the hair analysis industry, introduces the science of Nutritional Balancing.
According to him, Nutritional Balancing involves getting your hair analyzed to help figure out exactly why you’re experiencing energy deficiencies.
There are several different potential root causes that could be causing your energy deficiency, like imbalanced oxidation rates, stomach digestion issues, and a bunch of other stuff.
I’d recommend that you check out his article, to learn more about the potential root causes, and to learn more about Nutritional Balancing, in case it’s something you might be interested in.
In this video, Nutritional Consultant Mike Lovell briefly explains what Nutritional Balancing is all about.
Let’s move on to some other things you can do that might be a little easier to implement.
Lesson #2 – 10 Things that Could be Causing Your Energy Deficiencies
In “Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy”, the author, Colette Bouchez, a medical journalist with over 20 years of experience in the field, gives some good tips on how to boost your energy.
She claims to have obtained input from multiple experts in the medical field to put together her list 10 different things that could be causing low energy levels.
What I like about stuff from webmd.com (which is where this article came from), is that their articles are reviewed by their Medical Board.
Why is this important? Because you don’t have to take the authors word for it. This makes the information that much more reliable, in my opinion.
Below are the 10 things they mention in the article that could be taking away your energy, along with a brief explanation:
1. Magnesium deficiency – Magnesium is used to break down glucose (stored carbohydrates) into energy.
If you’re lacking in the magnesium department, your body could be working harder than necessary, which zaps your energy.
According to another article at WebMD, Magnesium deficiency is fairly common amongst Americans, especially African Americans.
Adding Magnesium to Your Diet
Men should take 350 milligrams of magnesium a day.
To make sure you’re getting enough, here’s a recommendation quoted from the “Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy” article:
Add a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your daily diet.
Increase your intake of whole grains, particularly bran cereal.
Eat more fish, especially halibut.
2. Lack of physical activity – While this probably isn’t applicable for athletes (unless you’re a “lazy” athlete), I thought I’d mention it anyways.
The “Top 10 Ways…” article mentions that experts have found that increasing physical activity, especially walking, can increase energy.
3. Take a 60 Minute “Power Nap” – This is crucial for guys that are in school, or guys that find themselves having to consume a lot of information, like in training camp, for example.
Why Naps are Important
Apparently, studies by the National Institutes of Mental Health have found that 60-minute naps can help reverse the effects that information overload can put on your brain. They can also help improve our retention rates in what we’re trying to learn.
So for you guys heading into training camp, instead of playing video games during the lunch break, try to get a quick nap in.
Who knows, it could very well improve your chances of making the roster or winning that starting job.
4. Don’t skip meals – Studies in the Nutritional Health journal have found that people that miss any meals throughout the day have a higher feeling of fatigue at the end of the day.
The article also mentioned that people that eat breakfast in the morning claim to be in a better mood throughout the day, and have more energy throughout the day as well.
5. Deal with Stress and Anger effectively – Paul Baard, PhD at Fordham University says that stress drains your energy (surprise-surprise).
Apparently, holding onto built-up, unexpressed anger will zap you energy too:
” unexpressed anger can give a one-two punch to your energy level. The reason: “We’re expending all our energy trying to contain our angry feelings, and that can be exhausting,” Baard tells WebMD.”
So if you’re pissed at your position coach or teammates, you’d better find a way to deal with it.
Baard goes on to mention in the article that to release the anger, you can incorporate some relaxing activities into your day, whether that includes listening to relaxing music, meditating, or even getting in some exercise.
In this video, Dr. Michael Levittan, Clinical Psychologist, gives some great advice on dealing with anger. Check it out.
6. Stop Drinking so much alcohol, and drink more water – It’s no secret that alcohol dries you out and can cause dehydration.
But I didn’t know, until I read this article, that thirst can disguise itself as fatigue.
In the article, Keith Ayoob, an associate professor at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine says that even being slightly dehydrated can make you feel tired.
They also mention in the article, that if you continuously find yourself feeling tired when you wake up in the morning, try to cut-off your alcohol intake in the evenings.
As we mentioned before in our discussions on how sleep affects athletic performance, alcohol may help you go to sleep initially, but it’ll decrease your ability to enjoy a good, well-rested night’s sleep.
Click below for part two, where we’ll finish up with the rest of the list of 10 things, and talk about a few other things I recently learned.
Do you have any more tips for getting a good night’s sleep? What seems to help “you” with energy issues? Leave a comment!
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How to Increase Your Energy (via drlwilson.com)
Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy (via webmd.com)
Magnesium Deficiency: A Growing Health Crisis (via charlespoliquin.com)
9 Tips to Boost Your Energy…. Naturally (via health.harvard.edu)