Six Ways to Stay Energized
The change in weather, the shorter hours of sunlight, and the additional urges to wear that sweatshirt and sleep in - these are all signs that winter is fast approaching and your energy levels are hibernating. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D: The connection between mood disorders and vitamin D deficiency is well-established. A study at the University of Newcastle in Australia tested the effects of supplemental vitamin D intake versus a placebo in a group of healthy subjects in late winter. The subjects receiving vitamin D had a dramatic improvement in mood scores versus the placebo group.
With dropping temperatures and Daylight Savings Time on November 4th just two weeks away, how are you going to keep those midday cat nap urges at bay?
Here are some tips to stay energized throughout the day along with product pairings that are sure to keep you awake and motivated throughout daylight savings and the cold weather months.
"The two best ways to get the vitamin D you need are to get adequate sun exposure (15-30 min per day) or to take a good vitamin D supplement," says Dr. John Cuomo.
One to try: USANA’s Vitamin D supplement
Up your zinc intake to prevent energy drain and stave off that winter cold: According to a study published in the American Society for Microbiology, zinc gluconate lozenges were tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial as a possible treatment for common colds. Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the average duration of common colds by about 7 days and up energy levels significantly.
One to try: Cold-EEZE® Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts®
Take B Vitamins as a direct energy source - no artificial ingredients needed: According to the National Library of Medicine, B vitamins help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. They also help form red blood cells.
One to try: Though many foods contain Vitamin B, try a fun way to get your daily source: A functional snack such as SNAP Infusion that will help satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time
Up your energy with an organic diet: According to Cheryl MacDonald, RN., Psy’D. of the Health Psychology of San Diego, Organic carbohydrates will increase cardiac energy as the liver processes these carbohydrates quickly to provide lasting endurance. The organic process increases energy levels and will help people with their ability to exercise.
One to try: Scheckter’s Organic Energy
Add 30 minutes of activity to your day: The American Heart Association, as well as countless other health authorities, recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week for a total of 1.5 hours of exercise per week. That’s only 1.33% of your total week!
A program to try: FitOrbit.com
Take a ten minute time out: According to Dr. David Sack, MD. Addiction Psychiatrist and CEO of Promises Treatment Center, taking a ten minute time out can free your mind and prevent your mind from getting fatigued.