1. Limit your sugar and caffeine intake. Most Americans consume more sugar and caffeine than is considered moderate or healthy. The jolt delivered by these instant energy boosters ravages the adrenal glands, producing peaks and valleys in energy throughout the day. Get back to a natural balance by weaning yourself from sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and caffeine now. To start, try green tea with honey.
  2. Drinking lots of water will off-set withdrawal headaches when you cut caffeine and sugars, while boosting your energy levels. Drink AT LEAST half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example: 160 lbs. / 2 = 80 oz. of water
  3. Eat protein at every meal to balance your blood sugar. Fish, organic meats, organic eggs, organic yogurt, and hummus are excellent options. For protein in a pinch, try snacking on almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, or walnuts throughout the day.
  4. Go natural! Cut processed, artificial foods out of your diet and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals within will enable your body to build healthy cells and increase your energy. At least 5 servings a day are recommended. Add berries to your breakfast cereal, have a raw vegetable snack like red pepper slices or baby carrots, and drink fruit juices rather than soda or energy drinks.
  5. Take nutritional supplements and herbs for energy. No diet is perfect. If you aren’t currently taking a basic multi-vitamin daily, now is the time to start. Still feeling over-tired? You might want to try nutritional supplements/herbs for energy increase such as l-carnitine, magnesium, Omega-3s, B-complex, maca, chorella, CoQ10, and/or blue green algae to achieve optimal energy levels. Herbs and nutrients act with synergistic effects. It’s important to consult your physician to get the most out of your supplement program. An ND will ensure that you’re taking the proper supplements in chorus and that harmful interactions are avoided. Feel free to respond to this blog post with your questions, or contact my office to arrange a personal consultation.
  6. Exercise at least three times a week. Staying active is one of the simplest and most effective ways to get energized. The endorphins released will relax your mind and your body will be well-conditioned to face daily challenges. Go outdoors to work out if you can. The natural surroundings will center and rejuvenate your spirit. So, get moving! Practice Tai Chi, go for a bike ride, lift weights, take a walk on your lunch break, or an evening jog. Your body will thank you.
  7. See a Naturopathic Doctor to determine underlying causes. Many people go through life feeling drained and are never diagnosed with easily manageable conditions like low grade food allergies or intestinal yeast overgrowth. Imbalanced iron levels, low thyroid function, and a number of other disorders can be assessed by your ND via physical examination, questioning, and blood work.
  8. Cleanse your liver. The Ancient Egyptians cleansed their livers each month. For the five days following the full moon, a simple mixture of fresh squeezed lemon juice and light olive oil (just two tablespoons of each) was taken in the morning before eating. This practical ritual is a simple way to start. For more information on cleansing the liver click here.
  9. Manage stress. Our lives are so busy, it sometimes seems impossible to “just relax” or to “take it easy.” When it all seems to be too much, don’t forget to check in with yourself. Prioritize so that you can live in the moments that are of most importance to you, and give yourself time to unwind. Make time to take a relaxing bath, listen to music you love, or sip a cup of chamomile tea before you turn in each night.
  10. Get the rest you need. Every person has a unique rhythm to their sleeping and rising. Take time to get in touch with yours. Experiment with bedtimes to discover how much sleep you need to wake regularly without an alarm clock. Not only will you feel more energized throughout the day, but you’ll also be increasing your wellbeing by giving your body ample time to carry out its restorative processes.

What are your energy boosting tips?

One Response to “Dr. Lisanti’s Top 10 Recommendations for Increased Energy!”

  1. This is an very interesting and informative post. Diet and our increasingly sedentary lifestyle are most responsible for poor health. The naturopathic practice is holistic and emphasis is put more on mental and spiritual well being in combination with physical wellness.

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