Boost Your Energy Levels

Revitalize with these energy-enhancing tips, from taking vitamin supplements to making easy lifestyle changes.

If you blow a fuse in your house, you can’t get the power back by lighting some candles and using flashlights. You’ve got to find the bad fuse, replace it with a good one, reset the system and power up. The same goes for your body.

To restore energy, (at the “feeling great” and chemical level), it takes some awareness and action to get your body in the right direction. Start now...

Ribose: This special sugar doesn’t come from food. It’s made in your body and helps to build the energy blocks of your body.Scoop Up, Power Up
The real nutrition heroes are DHA and ribose:
The active form of omega-3 helps constitute nerve membranes. It keeps the nerves to your muscles firing and encases them.Try 600 mg of DHA each day. This is the equivalent of two grams of fish oil, if you really like the taste better. 

Taking a daily ribose supplement really turbo-charges some people who have low energy from disease. One side effect is that some feel too much energy after! The data aren’t strong enough to recommend ribose for everyone.

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New Energy Technique

Biomechanical stimulation is getting more attention for giving muscles more energy. How does this technique work? You stand on the machine or plate, and the machine vibrates to stimulate muscle energy and strength. Some research shows that this provides flexibility, energy and better balance and coordination. Gyms and professional sports teams use these machines. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue also benefit from this technique.

If you want to try it, start with 500 mg three times a day for one week, or until you get used to the taste. You can put it into coffee, tea or even a smoothie. Then, build up to five grams three times a day for three weeks to feel a greater effect. You can then cut back to five grams twice a day.

If you’re wondering, every five-gram scoop has just 20 calories, since ribose isn’t metabolized as sugar. Side bonus: Since it’s a bit sweet, you might see it as a sugar substitute. Ribose has been shown to relieve soreness, fatigue and stiffness after exercise. Some professional athletes report muscular benefits after taking ribose. Since studies haven’t been done, the data are too weak to say it does or doesn’t work well.

Move More to Move More
You can jump-start your energy with an activity like walking. This brings in more nutrients—nitric oxide’s released from the artery linings to allow blood to move freely through your vessels. Your body is remarkable in responding to mechanisms called feedback loops.

If you tell you’re body you’re watching re-runs all night, it will downshift energy production. If you tell your body that you need to have a brisk morning walk, it responds by giving you the energy you need.

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