Saturday, August 29, 2009

Energy Tips

I just read an article by Dr. Andrew Weil which lists a few ideas for picking up your energy.
Most of us could use an energy boost from time to time! I have been known to pop a dose of D-Ribose to boost my energy... It works wonders and tastes like sugar, yet it contains no sugar...interesting. I recently read that D-Ribose could be used as a sweetner. D-Ribose to sweeten my tea, hmm?

Dr. Weil's list contains information on D-Ribose and a few other

herbs/supplements you might try.

Here It Is:

  1. Magnesium and calcium. Oral magnesium supplementation has been shown to help reduce symptoms of fatigue, especially for those with low magnesium levels. I have tried this one and can attest to it's value. Take equal parts magnesium to calcium. Your body will thank you. It loves to have it's mineral requirements met.
  2. Coenzyme Q10. This vital nutrient is involved in cellular energy production throughout the body.
  3. Cordyceps. A traditional Chinese medicinal fungus that may help fight fatigue and boost energy levels. It is used as an energizing tonic and to help increase aerobic capacity and endurance.
  4. D-Ribose. A five-carbon sugar used in the generation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), it helps maintain energy production in cells and can be especially beneficial for those with chronic fatigue. Love this one, great pre or post workout!..make sure to take in the AM to be sure you don't have trouble falling asleep. I buy mine from Jarrow. I find it online cheaper. Try for great prices on supplements.
  5. Ginseng (American or Asian). Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) are used for stimulant and adaptogenic (stress-protective) properties, respectively.
  6. Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus). A woody shrub from northeastern Asia with properties similar to those of ginseng, it has a long history of use to maximize athletic performance. Studies show that eleuthero can help enhance mental activity as well.
  7. Arctic root (Rhodiola rosea). An adaptogenic herb that helps prevent fatigue, stress and the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation.
  8. Vitamin B complex. B-vitamins act as cofactors in many metabolic reactions and assist in themetabolism of carbohydrates into energy. It is a good idea to take a B Complex daily regardless of your energy reserve. B Complex will help your body cope with the everyday stressors that can create energy drag. They call B vitamins the anti stress nutrient for a reason! They directly impact your nervous system. Bring on the B's!

  • photo credit: Morgan Webb

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