Best Ways to Improve Energy Levels

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We do things each and every day that lower our energy levels. Constant repetition of detrimental factors leads to the development of bad habitual patterns. In a day and age when we are constantly on the go, lacking the energy we need to get through the day is just not an option. There are many factors that deplete our energy. Disease processes, poor posture, dehydration, sedentary habits, food intake, and smoking are just a few. Our overall attitude towards life becomes effected and from there it is a downward spiral into low energy territory. Just think though, that if a few minor changes were made throughout your day how much better you could feel and how much more energy you would have to keep life moving in the right direction!

Each day, I encounter patients who ask me what my advice is for boosting energy levels. My answers can vary from patient to patient based on their personal health and history, however there are some solutions that will work for almost everyone. Spinal alignments take top priority for one main reason: If the brain cannot communicate efficiently with the tissues and cells of the body there will be a dramatic reduction in function, thus affecting energy levels. A misalignment of the spine can cause blockages in the pathways that regulate the body’s electrical impulses. This leads to disruptions in organ system functioning such as in the lungs, digestive system, lymphatic system, along with the muscular and skeletal system (just to name a few). Correcting a spinal misalignment through chiropractic adjusting will easily correct this communication problem and restore homeostasis in the body, thus improving energy levels and quality of life. A person’s body is only as effective as the sum of its working components.

Besides chiropractic adjustments there are many ways that a patient can self-correct lack-luster energy levels. As I stated in the previous section, spinal alignment is incredibly valuable to maintaining energetic feelings. Poor posture is direct an influence since it can directly cause spinal misalignment. Posture throughout the day plays a major role in causing or relieving fatigue. When the shoulders are rolled forward and the body follows in a slouch position, the abdominal organs are depressed and the lungs cannot operate at their best to provide adequate oxygen to the blood. Not allowing the lungs to complete their designed job decreases the body’s ability to operate at 100%, which in turn leads to the feeling of fatigue. Poor posture restricting the lung’s ability to provide oxygen to the body will also increase the buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood since proper exhalation is not taking place. Carbon dioxide is one of the body’s waste products and too much of it in the body will decrease energy levels quickly. Lack of oxygen and excess carbon dioxide will slow the brain and in turn slow the overall function of the body. By correcting your standing and seated posture with your shoulders back and your body tall and erect, you can self-correct the negative impacts of poor posture just as quickly as they began. The emotional impact of improved posture goes a long way as well. Sagging posture makes a person look and feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders as if showing a sign of defeat. Correcting your posture not only improves your own mental attitude about yourself but also the perception of others and their attitude towards you.

I mentioned the concept of carbon dioxide as a waste product of the body. We eliminate this energy zapping bi-product through breathing. This isn’t the only item in the body that needs to be eliminated as waste products from body metabolism are being produced every minute of the day. When we are active the body can easily rid itself of such items, however when we are sedentary your circulation isn’t as effective in carrying waste products to the organ systems for elimination. There is an easy way to eradicate this type of fatigue with a simple, invisible exercise. The process involves tightening your entire body, as tightly as possible. Start with your feet and think of each area of your body as you tighten it. Keep tightening until every muscle is tense. Hold the muscles tight for 5-10 seconds and then relax. During the relaxation period imagine your muscles turning to a gel-like state, releasing all of the tension that was there. Repeat this process a few times to stimulate circulation which will in turn help remove the waste products building up in the muscles, body fluids and other tissues. Follow this exercise with deep breathing to eliminate the carbon dioxide from the blood.

Deep breathing is the next amazing way to boost energy levels and fight fatigue. Deep breathing is a process which rebuilds the oxygen reserves in the blood. When we become tired or depressed, our breathing becomes shallow and a feeling of fatigue sets in. Now, a cycle begins when fatigue becomes more present leading to more shallow breathing and more fatigue (and so on, and so on). If you have every watched a person who is tired or depressed you might notice their physical stature is reduced to a sunken chest and rounded shoulders. You may notice them letting out a big sigh from time to time which is the body’s way of crying out for more oxygen. Yawns may be an involuntary effort by the body to obtain live-giving oxygen. Taking the initiative when fatigued or depressed to raise your chest and draw a deep breath and then exhale will remove all of the stale waste air from your lungs. Continue breathing deeply and slowly (if you get dizzy you are breathing too quickly, slow down your breathing rate). I suggest using this method to my patients as an easy “pick-up” when they are feeling down and fatigued. More importantly, I suggest using this technique often to develop the habit of using all of your lungs for air exchange to influence continued vitality.

Liquids are also very important to maintaining energy and beating fatigue. Loss of energy levels can be directly correlated to dehydration. The further one slips into a dehydrated state, the more fatigue sets in. Water is a key ally in the body’s ability to eliminate waste products. Combined with breathing, water waste is another vital component in energy levels. Water also directly influences nerve function which we know is crucial to our brain communicating with our body and vice-versus.

I often speak with my patients about their attitude toward life and the major impacts it will have on their energy levels. Those with a personal plan and goals will live with a sense of vitality that cannot be experienced by one who forces himself to work just because it must be done. My advice is to decide on goals and plans to reach these goals. A systematic approach to your goals will ensure that they are achieved. With this approach to life, there is not as much time to spend in boredom which fuels fatigue. Along with setting goals, setting aside recreational time that gives a change of pace will help relieve the stress that naturally builds up over time. Stress is not a fatiguing factor if it is dealt with correctly. Stress that is not adequately addressed will not only fatigue an individual, but will eventually lead to becoming physically ill. Following a life plan and achieving goals will offset the stress we encounter on a daily basis and will enable each individual to life a life full of energy and health.