Saturday, April 4, 2015

How your diet & stress can leave you dragging

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One of the most common complaints people have when they see their doctors is that they lack energy.

Oftentimes doctors will ask about sleep patterns, alcohol and tobacco use, exercise habits and medications, and maybe test for things like low thyroid to try to pinpoint the cause.

But here's a couple causes of low energy that I bet my bottom dollar you haven’t thought of before.

Your healthy diet and stress level!

That's right.

Let’s look at why many people's version of "eating healthy" can sap your energy faster than the speed of light, as well as how stress can leave you dragging.

And more importantly, how you can help turn it around and feel a whole lot better.
We’ll start with…

6 ways your "healthy diet" can leave you dragging
1) You've sworn off carbs
Carbohydrates are far and away the most misunderstood type of food.

People say they're going "carb-free" when in reality if you actually did that, you would die...and most assuredly have very low energy before you keeled over.

Fact is, carbohydrates provide glucose which is needed by your body to create energy.  So you MUST have them to survive.

The key is to be carb-savvy and know the good from the bad, my friend. 

Bad carbs include any type of refined carb (white flour, white sugar and all products made with them like white bread, rolls, pasta, pastries, cakes and cookies) and anything made with high fructose corn syrup. 

Good carbs include fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains.

Don't swear off carbs--just choose them wisely and you’ll likely see your energy skyrocket.

2) You think red meat is the devil
Red meat has taken a bad rap over the last several decades because it contains saturated fat, and saturated fat has been associated with the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease.

But it's important to realize that all saturated fats are not created equal!

Saturated fats are needed by your body to make hormones, they cushion your nerves and even support your heart (how's that for a kicker?).

The truly deadly type of saturated fat is trans-fats--they are the bad guys that cause inflammation and gum up your arteries.  Trans-fats are found in margarine, shortening, commercial baked goods and anything made with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. 

Red meat in moderation is actually a good guy because it is a great source of iron and Vitamin B12--and being deficient in either of those nutrients can cause your energy to plummet.

Now, if you're vegetarian then being low in B12 may be an issue for you.  This is also true of people who use acid reducers (since stomach acid is needed for proper B12 absorption), the elderly and people who have had gastric surgery.

If you have B12 concerns and want to supplement, Hydroxaden 2.5 is your ticket.

Hydroxaden 2.5 is a convenient, easy sublingual spray that gives you 2.5 mg of B12 in the form of hydroxocobalamin (a well-proven, effective form of B12) and adenosylcobalamin.  Just five sprays under your tongue each day is all it takes.

3) You're caught up in the low-fat/no-fat craze
This is another highly misunderstood topic and is related to #2 above.

Many people are under the mistaken impression that all fats are bad and avoid them like the plague.
But what they don't realize is that fats create energy!  They're a crucial player in your body's ability to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is your main form of energy.
Again, what matters is to know the good from the bad. 

Bad fats include all sources of trans-fats (like I mentioned in #2 above), fake fats and highly refined oils.

Good fat sources include real butter, olive oil, meat, eggs and dairy (preferably organic), fish (preferably wild-caught) and unrefined oils.   

Give your body the good fats it needs to keep your energy production strong.

4) You eat your 3 balanced meals a day
You may be thinking you're doing the right thing by sticking to 3 meals a day--breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But your body may be thinking otherwise.

Fact is, some people experience a drop in blood sugar within 2 hours after eating and if you don't replenish your supply (by having a snack), that can cause your energy to drop through the floor. 

Now, this isn't a green light to attack the vending machine every few hours for chips or candy!

Choose wise (not the brand name “Wise” but smart!) snacks like fresh fruit, vegetables, a small chunk of cheese, a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg or a small piece of leftover meat, chicken or fish.

5) You exist on salad, salad, salad
There's no doubt that salad can be a very healthy food choice.

But some people overdo it--to the point where they are lacking other essential nutrients (especially proteins).

And guessed it...are needed for energy production too!

If you love your salads, great, but just be sure to make them as nutritious as possible to ensure your body is getting what it needs to keep YOU going.

Smart, tasty additions to salads include:
  • Sliced cooked chicken or beef
  • Grilled shrimp or salmon
  • Cheese
  • Chopped almonds or walnuts
  • A wider variety of vegetables (venture out beyond the lettuce, cucumber, tomato routine)
  • Hard-boiled egg slices
  • Chick peas
And by the way, while we're on the salad topic--stay far away from reduced fat or fat-free dressings!  (If you’re wondering why, go re-read #3 above.) 

A great dressing choice is an olive oil-based dressing.  Mix 1 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or vinegar, add a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley or oregano, salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

6) You eat the typical Western-type meal
This is far and away the biggest dietary energy zapper.

The typical meals that most people eat (made up of every type of food known to man) can be VERY difficult for your body to break down efficiently.

Now, what most people don't realize is that nothing the human body does demands more energy than digestion

So when you consistently eat meals that are harder for your system to digest, your poor body needs every ounce of energy it can get just to try to break down what you've eaten!

And when all of your energy is being used up for digestion, guess what--there's none left for YOU. 

That's a primary reason why you may find yourself getting groggy after lunch and need coffee to stay awake at your desk, or you fall asleep 10 minutes into a movie that you wanted to watch on TV in the evening.

But when you eat combinations of foods that can be broken down more efficiently by your stomach and intestines, your system doesn't NEED to use up all your energy for digestion.

That means more energy for everything else you want to do!

The Great Taste No Pain system will show you exactly what combinations of foods to eat to help encourage easier digestion.  There are just a few simple points to remember.

Plus you'll get a collection of delicious, easy to prepare, energy enhancing recipes to try which I bet will soon become some of your family's favorites.

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You'll get the same food-pairing advice as Great Taste No Pain, plus guides on keeping gluten out of your life and some of the tastiest gluten-free recipes ever!

The other thing to consider—STRESS
Chronic stress (which is very common in our society today—who isn’t under stress?), can cause your adrenals glands to repeatedly secrete stress hormones which can eventually have a harmful effect on your body and result in adrenal exhaustion.

And when your adrenals are exhausted, trust me, so are you!

Being in a prolonged state of stress and adrenal overload depletes your body of its vitamins and minerals, resulting in serious fatigue and even chronic infections. 

But nutritionally supporting the health of your adrenals with Dr. Salerno’s Adrenal Factor can help your body counteract the harmful physical effects of stress and adrenal exhaustion—including fatigue and low energy!

Adrenal Factor contains an effective blend of B vitamins, vitamin C, amino acids and natural glandulars that can give your adrenals some much-needed help and in turn help boost your energy level!

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If you've got problems with low energy, it's important to look at ALL possibilities to see what may be causing your lack of pep.

Including your healthy diet and stress level!

And when you take measures to correct how your diet or chronic stress may be working against you, a whole new world of consistent, all-day-long high energy can open up for you!

Start now and see what a difference it can make.

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

PS: Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking.

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