When you understand the connection between energy and nutrition, it will be easier to incorporate these principles into your own life. Remember, too, that the neurotransmitters are produced by you, in your own brain, enabling you to enhance the process and produce your very own natural highs. In addition to feeding your brain with the right nutrients, positive thoughts go a long way toward raising your “happy” brain chemicals. Our mind-power is a remarkable and often untapped resource in our search for happiness.
Here are my top tips for sustained energy and positive feelings, and to deal with that end-of–the-day lag:
1. Good food: Eat a natural and healthy diet, with enough protein and good fats. Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol, which are all energy drains. Described in more detail in Natural Highs under “Natural Highs Basics”, and in 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health.
2. Water: 8 glasses of pure water/day keeps us hydrated, and is essential to keep our complex chemistry operating efficiently.
3. Take a daily high quality multivitamin/mineral formula.
4. Take supplements that support neurotransmitter production.
5. Get sufficient sleep.
6. Take a bath with essential oils of lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, or peppermint dispersed in the water, or scent your room with them.
7. Maximize the light in your room with natural daylight.
8. Do aerobic exercise. Twenty minutes daily will do wonders for your energy level not to mention your mood. Yoga, t’ai chi, or any other form of movement will also add another dimension.
9. Turn on some stimulating music, and dance up a storm
Give your body the opportunity to rejuvenate itself with natural energy-enhancing products and activities, and you will be off and running. Feeling alive and alert, you’ll not only get more done but you’ll have more fun doing it.
Article Author: Hyla Cass M.D. is a physician practicing integrative medicine and psychiatry. She combines the best of natural medicine with modern science in her clinical practice and appears regularly on TV, radio, and has been quoted in many national magazines. A member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Health Sciences Institute and Taste for Life Magazine, she is also Associate Editor of Total Health Magazine, she has served on the boards of California Citizens for Health and the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). She graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. She is the author of several popular books including: Natural Highs, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, and Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition.
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