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The art of health: Find ways to increase daily energy levels

By: Ginger Klein Special to The Gazette
July 23, 2013
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It is likely that you could use more sleep. It is possible that you would experience more energy if you got more sleep.

But what if you're getting 8 hours each night and you're still lacking energy to finish the day strong? There are many factors aside from sleep that can contribute to low energy.

Erratic sleeping patterns, stress buildup, an incomplete diet (low fat/high carb diets can cause fatigue over time) and depression are all known to be contributors. Additionally, women can experience low energy as a result of hormonal imbalances that cause restless sleep and improper functioning of energy glands such as the thyroid or pancreas. Other causes of low energy can be excess sugar intake, low protein levels (try for 20-25 grams each day), negativity (being negative or just being an ear for another's negativity), too much caffeine (opt for water instead or at least limit caffeine consumption to 200-400 mg daily), too much screen time, dehydration and being too sedentary.

If you give your day a review with these things in mind, something might pop out at you as being a potential reason for low energy in your life.

With rare exceptions, our bodies are capable of producing all the energy they need. Movement in the body creates energy and careful attention to making time and space for movement and addressing any additional challenges to high energy in our lives will keep the energy bank from running on empty.

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Klein is a 1st degree Black Belt in taekwondo and practices at the U.S. Taekwondo Center, serving the region for 26 years. For more information, call 488-4321.

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