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3 Tips for More Energy

By Rachel Shouse

Wouldn't life be so much easier if energy grew on trees? It's wishful thinking, but there are ways you can increase your energy levels without taking up too much time or costing any money. Doing a few everyday tasks with your energy levels in mind could go a long way. This includes the foods you eat, your stress levels, and how much sleep you're getting. 

Eat Foods That Promote Healthy Energy Levels

There are so many types of foods that provide your body with excellent energy boosting vitamins and minerals. Do you know what those vitamins and minerals are? You're about to learn about some of the most commonly heard of.

Electrolytes - Electrolytes are minerals within your body that are electrically charged. 

Complex carbohydrates - Complex carbs are made of sugar molecules. These molecules are strung together in long complex chains, separating them from simple carbohydrates.

Potassium - Potassium is a type of electrolyte, which helps keep your water levels balanced.

Vitamin B6 - This is simply a water soluble vitamin. It's not found naturally in the body so it must be brought in some other way. 

Vitamin B12 - Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps your body's nerves and blood cells stay healthy.

Omega-3 fatty acids - There are three main omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). These are a large part of cell membranes and even affect the receptors within them.

Fiber - This is a plant-based nutrient, also known as roughage. This helps maintain bowel health.

Manganese - This is a trace mineral that keeps your brain, enzyme systems, and your nervous system healthy.

Learning about different health-related topics makes it easier for us to implement these changes in our lives. Educating yourself on what you're putting into your body can help you make healthy changes that will benefit you for years to come. 

Reduce Your Stress and Get a Healthy Amount of Sleep

While it may not be possible to eliminate your stress, there is one thing that has been proven to be very helpful. That is talking to someone you trust. It may seem odd, but verbalizing our problems is very therapeutic. 

Proper sleep may be one of the main cries of folks nowadays. Sleep problems can be caused by both too much sleep and too little sleep. If you're getting too much sleep try avoiding naps. Along with that, make a habit of waking up and going to bed at reasonable times. If you're not getting enough sleep try a night time tea, white noise machine, and stay away from technology 30 minutes before you plan to go to bed.

It's important that you make these changes slowly. Making too many changes at once can cause you to burn out. Keep it simple and make one change per week or two per month. Overdoing it is going to hinder you, not help you.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fayetteville, N.C.

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