You scraped your knee a few days ago. Now your cut is surrounded by angry, red skin that’s sore, warm to the touch, and emitting a gross amount of pus. Are you suffering from an infected wound? Chances are the answer is “yes.” Here’s what to … Read More
natural energy boosters
A lack of energy can set in at the end of a long work day or week, leaving you too tired to concentrate and too listless to function. Often people reach for a cup of coffee or candy bar to pick them up, but these highly caffeinated and sugary foods can actually sap your energy even more. Instead, try one of these natural energy boosters to get you going again.
When you?re worn out, a workout might be the last thing you want to do, but exercise is actually one of the most effective and efficient natural energy boosters. As you climb stairs or walk around the block, oxygenated blood surges to your organs and tissues?including your heart, muscles, and brain. Even a quick 10-minute workout is enough to get your blood pumping and give your brain a boost.
Food is the fuel that powers you through your day. Some foods in particular make excellent natural energy boosters. Snacks that combine protein with slow-burning carbs?like peanut butter and banana on a whole-wheat cracker?are ideal because they maintain your blood sugar at a steady level. A handful of nuts is another good choice. Nuts are high in protein, magnesium, and folate?nutrients your body needs for energy. Don?t skip meals, especially breakfast. A nutritious morning meal will help launch your day. High-fiber foods like oatmeal are morning?s best natural energy boosters because your body digests them slowly. That means they?ll stick with you all the way to lunch.
Keep a tall glass of water close by at all times. Getting dehydrated can leave you feeling worn out. You can stick with the often-recommended eight glasses a day, but if that feels like too much, at least drink enough to keep your urine dilute and prevent thirst.
You?ll find one of the simplest natural energy boosters right outside your front door. A walk out in the sunshine is a great way to rejuvenate and recharge at any time of day.
Fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains and low-fat/fat-free dairy products, are cornerstones of the heart- and blood-pressure-friendly DASH diet. Not only are they generally low in sodium, but many of them are good sources of other nutrients that are associated with lower blood pressure:
- Potassium: Good dietary sources include … Read More
The sensation of twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience sudden but brief muscle movements at night aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the twitching or jerking of your hand or foot—a condition known as sleep myoclonus—is enough to … Read More
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar. Low-glycemic foods also can reduce your risk … Read More
Alternative treatment options can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated.
In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire” your nervous system, making … Read More
Have you ever been warned that you should cut bread out of your diet because it's full of carbohydrates, makes you gain weight, and is bad for your health? If you’re a bread lover, sourdough bread may be a great option.
Sourdough bread's health benefits make it an … Read More
Close your eyes and sit up straight. Take a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. Go ahead and try it right now for six breaths. It feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s what happens when you do easy breathing exercises:
- First, you … Read More
There are several reasons why certain foods are good for your cholesterol and your heart health. Some have direct effects on reducing LDL and/or triglycerides. Others are more filling and, if they’re low in calories, will help with weight loss. Plus, by filling up on these healthier options, you’re not … Read More
The “abs” get most of the attention in advertisements for strength devices, and a big waist is something almost everyone tries to avoid. But the first sign of weak core muscles is poor posture—both standing and sitting. Other signs are back pain and muscle weakness.
The American Physical Therapy Association … Read More
SIBO treatment (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is often needed for many people with chronic gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. (Find a full discussion of SIBO symptoms by clicking here.)
An increasingly recognized problem, SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally occupy the colon migrate to the Read More