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Don't Let Age Rob You of Energy

By Stephen R. Farris

As we grow older, joints, muscles and bones tend to start giving us pain a little more often than they used to. It can get to the point where physical activity becomes less frequent and we find ourselves wanting to just sit down and take it easy.

While taking it easy isn't all a bad thing, you should keep it at a minimal and try to stay as active as possible, even when your energy levels seem to be running low. Most causes of low energy levels could be a medical condition you might have, or it could just be you're not getting enough minerals and nutrients in your diet to keep it elevated.

There are things that you can do to change the lack of minerals and nutrients and not let aging push you to a life of sitting on the couch and watching television all the time. 

Buying Fresh Versus Processed

Processed foods at the grocery store may contain additives that aren't healthy for us and can rob you of the energy you're trying to obtain. Your best bet is to shop and cook with fresh foods as much as possible. Fresh foods, such as those found in fruits and vegetables, contain more of the needed nutrients you need to boost and sustain your energy levels. Fresh fruit is great as a workout snack as well.

Are You Taking the Right Vitamins?

With the shelves at the store filled with so many different varieties of vitamins and supplements, it can be confusing, especially if you're trying to boost your energy levels. Two key vitamins we need are Vitamin D and B12. Vitamin D helps with maintaining our energy levels and our mood. We all can relate to how depressing it can be when there's no sunshine for a few days. Vitamin B12 helps to revitalize your energy levels and can be found in non-dairy products such as soy and almond milks.

Become More Active

Even if it hurts sometimes, we all need to do some type of physical activity. Try walking for 15 to 30 minutes a day, or find a hobby that requires you to use your arms, hands and legs. Using a push mower to cut the grass can give you a physical workout, just remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, especially during those summer months.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monrovia, Calif.

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