5 Lifestyle Choices to Heal Low Energy

5 Lifestyle Choices to Heal Low Energy

As a follow-up to my last blog post on tips to increase energy, I thought I would add some lifestyle choices that we can help to heal low energy. 1. De-Stress I could write a whole article about stress management and its effect on energy. When our stress level is continuously heightened, our nervous system remains in ‘fight or flight mode,’ meaning the rest and repair our body needs doesn’t happen. It is as if we kept driving a car and never put gas in the tank… sooner or later, it will break down. There are a number of techniques I frequently recommend to help patients manage stress and engage the parasympathetic nervous system, the part responsible for rest and repair. Some of these techniques include taking long, deep breaths, timeouts, taking a walk, and activities that help us slow down for a few minutes. In addition to these more immediate stress management tools, I also encourage people to find some downtime, whether that means taking a vacation or simply taking a break from electronics. 2. Spend time outside We’ve always heard the positive health benefits received from spending time in the great outdoors, and now they are starting to be understood. When we are outside, we are exposing ourselves to quality air, sunlight, and negative ions. Alone, each one of these help to improve our mood, lift energy levels, and overall have a biological benefit for the body. When we experience these elements in unison, the effect is compounded even further. 3. Spend time with loved ones If you have any question about this one, ask a grandparent...
Nourish yourself to improved health

Nourish yourself to improved health

I am incredibly passionate about nutrition and believe it should be the bedrock of any wellness program.  The Chinese Medicine approach to nutrition is part of what attracted me to study Acupuncture.  The model views the body much more like a garden versus a machine and sees the digestive process as much more than a thermodynamic equation, allowing for the ebb and flow within the sphere of health. Nutrition and healthy digestion go hand-in-hand and support each other.  It is difficult to get all the benefits of healthy eating if the digestive system is not functioning well.  Likewise, if we are primarily eating foods that don’t nourish, we will not have a well-functioning digestive system. As an Acupuncturist, I work with Qi, the vital life force. According to Chinese Medicine theory, Qi is the basis for critical body functions such as movement, metabolism, warmth, healing, as well as many physiological processes.  We make Qi from the oxygen we breathe and the food we take in.  Without good healthy Qi, it is difficult for the body to heal itself. In my Acupuncture practice, I’ve observed that without foods that nourish and a well-functioning digestive system, people take longer to heal. For this reason, early on in our relationship patients and I discuss diet, water intake, digestion, bowel movements, and urine output.  Ideally, we should be drinking half our body weight in ounces, eating 4-5 times a day and experiencing digestion without gas or bloating.  We should have at least one bowel movement each morning and our urine output, other than first thing in the morning, should be light in color....