Fi Jamieson-Folland highlights the 3 keys to having more energy; for life!
Do you ever feel like ‘washed out’ woman, rather than Wonder Woman? And like you’re dragging yourself through your day, rather than flowing from strength to strength?
Well the chances are, you can benefit from one or several of the following 3 Keys to having more energy…naturally!
Key #1 – Breathing
Often over looked, or missed altogether – being able to take in oxygen and get rid of the waste gasses from breathing (including carbon dioxide) efficiently is often the place to start to create big and lasting changes with our energy.
Just how important is breathing then? A good way to tell, is to think about how long we can last without food? Actually we can go for weeks without food.
How long without water? A matter of days, rather than weeks.
And how long without air? A few minutes for most of us.
It’s the way we directly power our cells (along with nutrients etc), and also help them to remove their waste, after they’ve done their job.
And given we’re ideally taking this action up to 24,000 times a day, it’s makes sense to make the most of it!
Take Away – Take deep breaths – in through your nose and out through your mouth, and 5 times each cycle. Repeating this process a minimum of 3 times a day is a great place to start.
Key #2 – Water
Such a simple thing, to make sure we’re drinking enough water…although not always so easy to make sure we do!
And the signs of dehydration can be so subtle – everything from lack of focus, dizziness, tiredness, headaches, and bowel upsets, to hunger and a lower immune system. And this can be a tricky one to keep track of, given how busy we can get.
So, do all drinks count? Unfortunately not! Some salty and sugary drinks and foods actually rob our bodies of water. So the best guide, is for adults to drink 1.5-2 litres a day (and for kids – 5 year olds to drink 5-6 cups a day, and for 11 year olds to drink 7-8 cups of water a day). Plus when we exercise, or are in an air conditioned environment, we lose more water, faster.
Take Away – Measure out your water at the start of the day, so that you know the amount you need to drink (simple, although it works.) Likewise, pop a reminder in your phone (along with your deeps breaths reminder!) – it doesn’t need to be technical; simple is effective J
And for kids – find a way to help your child understand how drinking water is something important to do, all day. Make it fun! Help them picture how our bodies are made of 60%+ water, in each of our cells!
Trial a fridge sticker-chart, with a reward gold sticker at the end of the week, once each day’s water is finished.
And what’s not in the water is important too! Even some of the basic water filters available, will really help to reduce the chemicals like chlorine that are added to the main water supply (unless of course you have tank water.)
I remember when I was getting headaches after moving to a house near Auckland city, and I couldn’t figure out why! As soon as we fitted a water filter, my headaches went away!
Key #3 – Nutrients
Whilst nothing can replace a healthy diet, it’s worth thinking about how much goodness is actually in our foods. Our bodies are like chemical labs, and are able to make everything that we need to work at our best…so long as we get the right ingredients, in the right amounts, and in a way that our cells can absorb them!
Sadly, the way our food is grown and processed these days, before we eat it, it often means that there are lots of gaps in the most important goodies our bodies need, called enzymes, vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals. We need these, as well as the fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fibre for our cells to work at their best.
At the end of the day, of course we always do the best we can with what we have – including eating as well as we possibly can. Although even mainstream medical journals like JAMA are now saying that appropriate supplementation has it’s place.
Take Away – Make eating well a fun thing for your family! Look for recipes for foods that look interesting, and based on natural ingredients. Start a habit of reading the labels of foods, which shows you if there are any additives, and also helps give you a clue on how processed they may be.
If you’d like to receive a FREE guide on what to look for in a good nutritional supplement, so that you can make sure you have all your bases covered, just email me with ‘Nutritional guide’ in the subject line.
As published on www.mumsrus.co.nz
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Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.