Health Secrets for Optimum Health and Increased Energy

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.  When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”  – B.K.S. Iyengar

People ask me all the time how I have the energy to get so much done. Since I’m a health coach that uses advanced hypnotherapy (hypnosis) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help people improve their health I hallucinate (imagine) that they often think that I’ll tell them “All you have to do is come to my office (located in San Diego), go through a few sessions and you’ll feel great.”

As much as I’d like to believe that was true, there’s a lot more to it than that. Just like everything else in life, in order to obtain optimum health and energy, conscious effort needs to be involved.

How Do You Increase Your Energy?

 With the way life is, and all that you have to do it can be very difficult to stay energized all day. As a result you may reach for different energy boosters to get you through the afternoon.  After all, when so much is expected of you, it’s seems natural to use a variety of substances to keep yourself pumped up.

For example, you might start with an innocent cup of coffee to give you a boost. After a while you realize that you need several cups just to get you going in the morning and then some more to keep you going throughout the day. Then, when you try to stop, you get plagued with awful headaches.

Okay, so you’ll stop drinking coffee. What about those energy drinks? The problem with most energy drinks is they are unnatural and can be addicting. Another problem is they’re usually packed with sugar or some kind of sugar substitute. When you drink the sugar filled ones you get that “sugar high”.

Of course this is always followed by the inevitable crash. This kind of energy pick up is similar to a Sumo wrestler picking you up high in the air and then slamming you down to the ground. After you drink it you need something else to pick you up. This can turn into a frustrating cycle that repeats itself day after day.

How to Increase Your Energy Naturally

While advertisements make it appear as though those energy drinks and concoctions are an “easy” way to increase your energy, your best strategy is to naturally increase your energy levels.

In this article we’ll look at 7 natural ways to increase energy.

By incorporating some of these simple strategies into your daily routine, you’ll quickly notice that you’re waking up feeling energized and refreshed. Even more important is that it will be your natural energy that keeps you going, even on your busiest days.

Developing Your Optimum Health and Energy Plan

The following 7 steps will help you feel great and have plenty of energy all day long. By incorporating these tips into your daily life you can experience optimum health and live a longer, more fulfilling life.

1. Get plenty of sleep

Sleep is essential to having energy. Not getting enough sleep is a huge factor in having low energy levels. There was a time when I though that I didn’t need as much sleep as I did but I found myself reaching for energy drinks early in the afternoon to make up for it. While the necessary amount of sleep will be different from person to person, most people need 6-8 hours of sound sleep a night. Figure out what’s best for you and then get that much sleep every night.

2. Practice a morning exercise ritual

A great healthy habit is to have a morning exercise ritual. While getting up early to exercise might sound dreadful, it will make a tremendous difference in the amount of energy you have throughout your day. At first getting up a little earlier to exercise might seem difficult. You might feel tired in the morning and the idea of getting up even earlier and doing physical activity can seem downright insane. The first few mornings will be tough and you may even feel like giving up the idea altogether. Although it can difficult it’s important to force yourself. Habits, both good and bad, are hard to break.

What’s interesting is even if you go in kicking and screaming, it’s likely that within a week you’ll actually find yourself enjoying your morning ritual.  You’ll find yourself craving movement in the morning because it fills you with so much more energy than a cup of coffee and a donut. This leads us to tips 3 and 4…

3. Practice Yoga

For years, my morning exercise ritual has incorporated Yoga into it. You see, Yoga is an all-natural energy booster that’s been around since ancient times. It also stretches your body with simple movements. Another advantage of Yoga is if you find you need an energy boost you can practice it any time of day. If you are unsure of what to do, find a Yoga class so you can learn the movements and practice them on your own. The great thing about a Yoga class is even if you enter a yoga session tense and stressed, you’ll exit feeling calm, relaxed, and energized. If there are no Yoga studios close by or you would like a lower cost option, buy a yoga DVD. These can be very helpful in getting you started.

4. Practice Tai Chi or Qigong (Chi Kung, or Chi Gung)

The other part of my morning ritual is practicing Qigong. Qigong is similar to Tai chi, a series of slow movements designed to keep your mind focused on your breathing. This calms your mind while giving your body a vigorous cardiovascular workout. Some people call this type of exercise “moving meditation”. Although seemingly slow and effortless, both Tai Chi and Qigong will give you a great workout and leave you feeling energized and awake. If you can, find a Qigong practitioner to teach you the basics in the beginning or buy a DVD to get you started.

5. Eat your breakfast

Many people have gotten in to the habit of skipping breakfast. But like your mom used to tell you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, it’s the most popular one to skip. Maybe you think you’re not particularly hungry in the morning and that it’s better to skip this meal so you can eat more calories later. The problem with this habit is it plays havoc with both your metabolism and your energy levels.

The biggest problem with skipping breakfast is that it sends your body into a natural starvation mode. This is where your body consumes muscle mass and other vital tissues to continue its normal processes. On the other hand, when you eat breakfast, you receive a boost of energy that will help you feel more alert and energized. It also gives your body the necessary fuel it needs for the beginning your day.

6. Take herbal supplements

There a number of natural herbal supplements that can give you optimum energy and improve your overall health. You can add these herbs as ingredients in your foods or take them separately in supplement form. One popular choice is ginseng. It helps with many other things, such as brain function, while boosting your energy levels. Another energy boosting choice that also helps with brain function is Ginkgo. Cayennecan improve your heart health as well as helping with energy levels. As with any other drug, natural or synthetic, check with your doctor before using them, especially if you have other health issues.

7. Avoid fast energy foods

Your body needs carbohydrates to survive but there are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates are also known as complex carbohydrates. These are carbohydrates like whole grains and legumes and contain longer chains of sugar molecules that take longer for your body to break down and use. They give you a long term, steady energy level.

Bad carbohydrates are also known as simple carbohydrates and are composed of simple-to-digest, basic sugars with little real value for your body. Since they break down quickly they can increase your energy initially but will cause you to crash in the end. Anything with a high sugar content will cause this roller coaster effect.

To keep your health and energy level at its optimum level shoot for eating complex carbohydrates that can help you maintain your energy throughout the day. You can also eat foods that are high in protein.

Putting Your Optimum Health Plan into Action

There you have it, 7 natural ways to increase energy and enjoy optimum health. If followed regularly, this optimum health plan will enable you to feel more energized throughout your day. If using all of these tips entails too much of a lifestyle change for you then simply add them one by one. Sooner than you think, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of an unending source of natural energy: YOU!

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a fusion of advanced hypnotherapy (hypnosis) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). His office is located in the middle ofMissionValley in beautifulSan Diego,CA. If you are interested in knowing more about how Total Mind Therapy can help you develop optimum health and energy then call (919) 293-3255 for a complimentary, risk free phone evaluation.