This might seem a little weird, however let me ask you anyway… Do you like the idea of your youthful energy dwindling over time? Is “less pep in your step” something you look forward to? Do you like it when other people ask, “Are you alright?” Me neither. But it’s true, youthful energy does decline as we mature in years. While it isn’t possible to prevent growing older, here are three ways you can keep your energy levels up as your body ages.
It’s Your Hormones
Have you ever stopped to think why the loss of energy in the first place? A big reason is your hormones. Hormone production slows down as you age which causes your metabolism to slow down as well. Add to this the tendency to get stuck in unhealthy routines reinforced with years of long work weeks and stress, and you have a combination of factors guaranteed to leave you drained and unmotivated.
To regain the youthful energy you once took for granted, take a look at what you put in your body. The food you fuel your body with sets the stage for what keeps your body healthy and energetic. What you eat and drink is a choice, and you have complete control over it.
1. Proper Diet
The true path to health is to eat the right foods. That doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat another cookie or French fry. It simply means your personal list of can’t-think-of-life-without foods become treats. Treats in moderation can be the start to eating eating in a different way. To do this, go treat-free for 2-3 weeks. In that time, your taste buds will change and the cravings that can break the best of us will stop.
The healthiest foods for your body are whole foods. Avoid processed foods like microwave entrees, and “instant” meals of any kind. Almost every type of fast-food are have with strange chemicals, dyes and preservatives. Eating them can lead to accelerated aging among other negative effects. It’s best to steer clear of highly processed foods as much as possible.
Raw plant material has a countless number of different chemicals acting in harmony to deliver nutrition to your body. Many plants we eat have medicinal value – something not commonly discussed. The National Institute of Health shows the interaction of different components in raw plants, when ingested, is more effective at treating certain ailments than the same dosage of a drug that comes from the same plant. Dark greens, like spinach and broccoli, are an excellent source of natural minerals. Add these to your diet to build better energy levels.
2. Trust Your Body
A good rule to live by is… listen to your body. If you feel heavy and sluggish after you eat a certain food, pay attention. Your system is telling you it doesn’t like it.
3. Proper Breathing
The way you breathe effects your energy levels and your health and vitality. Over the years, your ability to breathe correctly becomes distorted for many reasons. The biggest one? Vanity. People are constantly sucking in their guts and taking breaths high up in their chests. This style of breathing fills only a fraction of available lung capacity. Whereas a proper breath pulls air down into the lower abdomen and fills all the way to the top lung area. This process puts more oxygen in your bloodstream.
Getting the right amount of oxygen in your bloodstream will give an energy boost to your muscles and organs. It will also boost, cognition, alertness, memory recall and comprehension .
If you are a smoker, there’s no need to go on about the importance of quitting; you already know. But there are other options to get your nicotine that don’t destroy your lungs and heart health. A popular alternative is nicotine gum and it’s sold in the pharmacy area of grocery and drug stores. More recently, “vaping” (a way to mimic smoking without the smoke), has appeared on the scene. You can find vaping stores everywhere, even online.
4. Water – Drink It!
Many people, particularly in the West, drink a huge variety of fluids (coffee, soda, juice) yet rarely a plain glass of water. Drinking more water can help you shed a few pounds and increases your energy levels. While it can feel like a chore to get into the habit, it does become easier after only a few days. Another way to drink more water is to have a container that keeps your liquids hot or cold. Keep it filled with water and with you throughout the day. The changes you’ll feel after getting hydrated might surprise you, as in, “Huh. Water. After all this time. Who knew?”
Currently, The Mayo Clinic reports that The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine determined adequate daily fluid intake is:
The more active you are the more you sweat. The more water you lose, the more water you need to replenish that loss. Depending on your activity level, use the daily requirement as an average minimum.
A Good Way To Start The Day
Instead of rushing straight to the coffee pot every morning, drink one large glass of water first. Drinking water will help wake up your digestive system and give it the proper fluid it needs to operate as intended. It’s the absolute best appetizer to break-fast you can give yourself.
[wbcr_css_snippet]: PHP snippets error (not passed the snippet ID)
5. Supplement Your Vitality
Many people find it a challenge to get their required nutrients through food alone. A daily multivitamin might give you some benefit, but don’t rely on it as your primary source of nutrition. Supplements are used to supplement your diet, hence their name. Getting beneficial amounts of certain vitamins is far more efficient when combined with a good supplement.
Regain Youthful Energy with B-12
Most multivitamins and products that claim to increase energy, contain vitamin B-12. B-12 is one of eight different B vitamins that allow your body to convert food into glucose – the fuel our body uses for energy. The benefits don’t end there. B-12 is essential for the replication of DNA, a healthy nervous system, regeneration of bone marrow and the respiratory tract. Because B-12 is water soluble, it’s necessary to take a B-12 vitamin if you don’t get enough through what you eat.
Learn About Oxidative Stress
In scientific terms, oxidation is the loss of electrons. The oxidation process is what makes cleaning products work, but it is not good for living organisms. Living cells need electrons to stay alive and maintain their proper function. It’s the reason we need antioxidants – to prevent the loss of living cells. An antioxidant is any compound that neutralizes or absorbs the free-radicals roaming around your body.
Carbon – 60
Many foods and supplements have great antioxidant effects. But none of them match the antioxidant power of Carbon-60 (C60) when combined with olive oil. C60 is a special arrangement of carbon molecules. Some experts suggest it may provide more than 200 times the antioxidant of vitamins. Here are some of the documented potential benefits reported:
- Reduced inflammation in the body
- Improved Immune Function and Response
- Improved Cognitive Performance
- Inhibited Tumor Growth and Metastasis Rates
- Improved Cardiovascular Health
- Increased Stamina and Sense of Well Being
Use High Quality C60
It’s important to use high quality C60. While cheap C60 is available, those manufacturers often cut corners to increase margins. They do not understand that solvents like Toluene are hazardous to your health. Toluene is often present in unprocessed (Vacuum Oven Baked) C60. And, tt is also found in nature… specifically in crude oil and is used in making gasoline, paint, and antifreeze. It is something you don’t want to ingest.
A Few Simple Changes to Regain Youthful Energy
Even if you are limited physically or by time, these simple changes will help you build a healthy foundation on which to energize your future. Maintain a consistent healthy diet, drink adequate water, get proper oxygen intake, and take a supplement or two. These 5 changes can provide surprising improvements to your health and energy levels. As you feel better, you’ll find genuine excitement in seeing how much more you can achieve, even as you age!
Do you have other tools in your arsenal to regain your youthful energy? We’d love to hear from you in the comments area below? If you have questions, concerns, or other comments, we’d love to hear from you as well.
Related Article: 3 Low Impact Activities to Improve Circulation
Written by contributing writer C.R. Smyth