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Get Energized!

Get EnergizedBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Energy, the essence of life, can be described as the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.  In nature, energy exists in a variety of forms including mechanical, chemical, heat, electrical, light and nuclear energies.  Energy is an indispensable prerequisite for human growth, development and metabolism functions.  The human body ranks energy production as the most important of these functions and will sacrifice other functions when necessary, such as slowing down metabolism in response to a lack of food and nutrients. 

The sun is the ultimate source of energy.  Solar energy, when harnessed by plants through photosynthesis, enables the production of plant protein, carbohydrates and fats, all forms of chemical energy.  Animals eat the plants and convert the chemical energy into their own stores, primarily protein and fat.  When we eat foods from animals and plants, our bodies convert their chemical energy into our own energy for storage and usage.  The body uses chemical energy stores to produce the electrical energy needed for creation of nerve impulses, to produce the heat energy that maintains body temperature and to produce the mechanical energy that enables our muscles to contract and release.  

The foods we eat supply our bodies with energy rich molecules known as macronutrients, and with vitamins and minerals, or micronutrients.  The three types of macronutrients, carbohydrates, proteins and fats, are converted during metabolism into glucose or simple sugars (carbohydrates), amino acids (protein) and fatty acids (fats).  All of these energy sources are either used immediately or are stored for later use, in the form of glycogen (short-term storage) or fat (long-term storage).  When the energy-rich molecules such as glucose enter the cells, they are further broken down in a series of steps that release the energy that drives the complex chemical, electrical and mechanical systems of the human body.

Metabolism is the process by which food is transformed into energy.  During a series of processes that take place deep inside the mitochondria of the cells, glucose is transformed into adenosine triphospate (ATP).  ATP is a complex energy molecule critical for all life, arguably second in importance only to DNA.  ATP is the most widely distributed high-energy compound in the human body as it powers virtually every activity of the cells.  Within the approximately 100 trillion human cells, each cell will contain about 1 billion ATP molecules.  This amount meets the cells’ needs for only a few minutes and must be rapidly renewed and recycled.  ATP is a perfectly designed and very intricate molecule that provides the unique amounts of energy required for life sustaining processes. 

If you are feeling the impact of low energy levels, including fatigue, irritability and difficulty focusing, look first to your diet and nutrition.  A combination of macro and micronutrients are required daily for optimal energy and health.  According to the Dietary Guidelines For Americans, many of us consume more calories than are needed without getting the proper nutrients needed to convert foods into energy.  So if you feel like taking a nap instead of a walk, it might be time to incorporate some of these high-energy producing foods, vitamins and minerals:

  • Macadamia nuts – These powerful nuts provide protein, fat, fiber, iron, magnesium and antioxidants. 
  • Edamame – These soybeans contain a balance of carbohydrates, protein, iron and healthy fat. 
  • Salmon – Always on the list of superfoods, salmon is loaded with energy-promoting protein, muscle-building amino acids, and brain- and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. 
  • Kale – The Center for Science in the Public Interest ranks kale as the number one all-around vegetable. Kale contains a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals including a large amount of vitamin K. 
  • Wild blueberries –  Packed full of antioxidants, wild blueberries are nutrient dense and low on the glycemic index so they won’t spike your blood sugar levels. 
  • Vitamin B1Thiamine is essential for converting carbohydrates into energy. 
  • Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and  together with Vitamin B3 (Niacin) aids in effective usage of our energy stores. 
  • Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine assists in protein metabolism.

For good, healthy energy and vitality, maintain a balanced lifestyle.  Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits, stay hydrated with water throughout the day, get regular exercise and make sure you are getting the right nutrients for maximum energy production. 

Mitochondrial Resuscitate
 
Mitochondrial Resuscitate by MetagenicsScientifically designed to provide nutritional support for healthy cellular (ATP) production by delivering essential nutrients to the mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of the cells.
 
 
 
B-Complex Plus
 
B-Complex Plus by Pure Encapsulations –  An exceptional combination of B vitamins, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, biotin, and folic acid (as Metafolin® L-5-MTHF), all of which are provided in their optimal bioavailable and functional forms.
 
 
 
Energy/Sports Formula
 
Energy/Sports Formula by Douglas Laboratories –  A synergistic and comprehensive combination of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, herbals, and other nutrients, carefully formulated and specifically designed to support energy metabolism during sport and exercise.

The Power Of Yoga: Part II

The Power Of Yoga Part 2.By Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Click here to read Part I.

It’s clear that yoga is a valid exercise choice.  Here are some very good reasons athletes should consider adding yoga to their exercise protocol:

  1. Injury prevention:  Repetitive overuse of certain muscle groups will cause imbalances in strengthening and lengthening.  Tighter muscles pull at the ligaments and joints which poses a greater risk of tearing.  Flexible and pliable muscles reduce the risk of injury.  Yoga works muscles around the joints creating better stability, mobility and fluidity and increasing your range of motion.
  2. Core strength:  Core strengthening is one of the foundations of yoga.  Stretching and strengthening of the abdominal, paraspinal and pelvic muscles helps maintain and support your natural stabilizing muscles, aiding injury prevention.  Yoga can not only eliminate back pain and lighten the stress on your spine, it can restructure your body so your lower back curve is supported, healthy, and strong.
  3. Balance:  Yoga helps to balance the body by paying special attention to symmetry.  Specific poses train and use both sides of the body equally, helping to balance the entire nervous system.  It helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and relief from back, neck and muscle tension. 
  4. Mental focus:  Yoga allows you to focus on the present, increases your awareness and improves coordination, reaction time and memory.  You can adapt a yoga practice to be stimulating for energy or calming for tranquility, both of which are great for mental focus.
  5. Stress relief:  Yoga teaches you to calm the mind and the nervous system while faced with stress and physical challenge.   Athletes “in the zone” are in a state of complete surrender to mental focus, clarity and calmness of being that allows for optimal performance.  Yoga is a great practice before and after any competition.
  6. Recovery time:   Yoga has become a method of physical therapy for injury recovery and can also reduce post-workout recovery time.  Doing a few yoga poses and some breath work can help move energy through the body, aiding in relief of sore energy-depleted muscles. 
  7. Increased overall strength and flexibility:  Yoga postures use all muscles of the body, helping to increase stamina and physical power.  Yoga increases flexibility in the shortest amount of time as compared to other forms of exercise.   
  8. Weight management:  In addition to burning calories and reducing stress, yoga can help reduce cortisol levels, aiding in weight control.  Unlike the tendency of other exercise to increase your appetite, yoga helps to balance your hormones so you’re less likely to suffer from uncontrollable cravings.  Yoga’s mindful awareness may help you to reach for a salad as opposed to a less healthy choice. 
  9. Endurance:  Endurance can be measured by overall physical and psychological makeup especially in the body’s ability to withstand a tough competition or workout.  Deep, mindful breathing can help improve your lung function and increase your oxygen intake.  The counter-practice of yoga lessens the stress and strain of one way repetitive movements such as running, walking and cycling. 
  10. Detoxification:  In addition to stretching and sculpting your muscles, yoga massages your organs increasing blood supply to all areas of the body.  Yogic breathing not only increases oxygen, it aids in carrying away waste.  Many yoga poses are specifically designed to support the lymphatic system and aid in detoxification of the body. 

Whether you are seeking a gentle class or are looking for a straight sweat session with no Sanskrit involved, there is a style and an instructor for you.  A good thing to remember, a little Zen can go a long way toward improving your overall physical and mental states of health.  It may even increase your zest for life as you continue your yoga practice well into your golden years. 

Supplements to support physical and mental well being:

Ashwagandha by Ayush Herbs –  Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is indicated in Ayurveda as a daily rasayana or anti-aging aid.  It is one of the most highly regarded and widely used Ayurvedic herbs and is believed to increase energy and overall health and longevity. It acts as an adaptogen and immune promoter, nourishing and strengthening the inner reserve of the human body.  Ashwagandha literally means “to impart the strength of a horse.”

Stress Ease by Banyan Botanicals –  Stress Ease helps the body cope with stress by supporting the resiliency and tone of the neuromuscular system.  Unlike the temporary jolts and inevitable crashes experienced with caffeine and sugar, this blend of herbs strengthens the system to provide a sustained source of natural energy.  Stress Ease bolsters one’s ability to surmount physical, mental and emotional challenges.  Contains certified organically grown herbs. 

Asian Green Tea by Jason Winters International –  Sir Jason Winters calls this superior blend of green tea “Chao Phrya Tea,” named after the mighty river upon which the tea barges sailed.  Chao Phrya means “the river of the kings,” and villagers in the river valley say their special green tea is “as emerald as the mountains rising in early morning mist.”

Body Regenerator by Amrita Aromatherapy –  This product is intended to support the body’s natural healing processes, aid in regenerating healthy muscle and nerve tissue and strengthen and enhance the mind/body connection.  With herbal extracts, essential oils and flower essences. 

PureLean Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations –  PureLean™ Nutrients is designed to provide metabolic and weight management support as part of a healthy lifestyle along with a reduced calorie diet and regular exercise.  It is a complete hypo-allergenic, highly bioavailable multi-vitamin, multi-mineral and trace element supplement.  The formula combines superior mineral cofactors, activated vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, cinnamon, green tea and pterostilbene to support healthy glucose metabolism, lipid utilization and body composition.

Healthy Airline Travel: Part II

TipsForHealthyAirlineTravelPartIIBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Travel should be fun, exciting and enjoyable.  Planning ahead can help you cope with any worries or fears that can accompany your travel plans.  Here are some common problems associated with air travel and tips on how you can manage, overcome or prevent illness and discomfort: 

Jet Lag

Jet lag is a form of disorientation and fatigue caused by abruptly switching to a different sleep/wake schedule.  This occurs when the body’s circadian  (24 hour) clock struggles to adjust its normal rhythms to your new destination. Traveling across time zones creates confusion within the body as sleep patterns are interrupted.  Short term consequences of missed sleep can result in impaired memory and speech functions and an impaired ability to think and process information. 

  • An east-west flight of less than 4 hours may cause stiffness and irritability.  A longer flight may cause varied symptoms of digestive problems, dehydration, headache, disorientation, anxiety, nausea or constipation
  • To minimize jet lag, try shifting your sleep patterns by an hour or two for a few days before your flight and get a good night’s sleep before your trip. 
  • Try to sleep on the plane.  A window seat is a better choice for longer flights as you can prop yourself against the wall and can avoid being disturbed when your seat mates get up.  Here’s where your travel pillow, an eye mask and noise cancelling head phones come in handy. 
  • Once you arrive, exist solely on the local time to quickly realign your circadian clock and  have as normal a day as possible.  If you arrive in the morning, get some daylight and fresh air, try to push through to an early dinner and then get a good night’s sleep.
  • Changes in temperature and eating times can also contribute to travel fatigue. 

Anxiety

Even those without fear of flying can suffer from anxiety regarding travel.  Fatigue and anxiety can wreak havoc on the immune system. 

  • Practice relaxation techniques such as listening  to soothing music, enjoying a good book or watching an in-flight movie. 
  • Try creative visualization.  Imagine yourself at your destination and all the wonderful things you plan to do there. 
  • Cut back on caffeine.  Stay hydrated by drinking water and get plenty of rest before your flight. 
  • Hand over control.  Anxiety is often about needing control and the lack of the ability to have control in certain situations.  The Captain is a professional who wants to arrive as safely as you do and accepting that fact may reduce anxiety. 
  • Scheduling a minimum of 45 minutes for layovers between flights may also help reduce anxiety. 
  • Use the power of distraction.  Bring with you items that will distract from the flight such as crossword puzzles, a good book, or portable games.  Striking up a conversation with your seat partners can help pass the time and keep your mind occupied.
  • Take good care of your body and nutrition.  Physically fit, well-rested people are less likely to suffer bouts of anxiety. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Sitting for long periods of time can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life threatening disorder in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the body.  Senior adults, smokers, obese or pregnant persons and people with varicose veins or a history of blood clots are most at risk.  The following exercises can help relieve fatigue, stress and tension and will increase your blood circulation minimizing your health risks.

  • Once the seatbelt restriction is lifted, get up every hour and walk the aisle of the plane to stretch your legs. 
  • Perform in-seat exercises such as slow ankle rolls, gentle head and shoulder rolls, or foot pumps where you lift your heels high while keeping your toes on the floor and then reverse leaving heels on the floor and lifting your toes. 
  • Stretch your arms straight out in front of you, then lift them overhead and reach up into the air for an additional stretch.
  • Lifting one knee at a time and pulling it towards your chest for 15 seconds is another excellent stretch you can do while seated. 
  • In addition, you can do a forward flex by keeping your feet flat on the floor, bending forward from the waist and reaching your hands towards your ankles.

Food and water borne illness:

Experiencing new cuisines and local fare is a big part of traveling.  Use caution when you arrive at your destination.  Not all water and ice is safe to drink so stick with bottled water and other bottled beverages and bypass the ice.

  • Roadside stands and food kiosks may look temping but be cautious.  Raw foods, unrefrigerated foods, undercooked foods, unpeeled fruit, or unpasteurized dairy can all cause gastrointestinal problems.  Better to eat in restaurants that have a reputation for safe cooking. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before every meal or snack.  Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of foodborne illness.  If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands but may not entirely eliminate them.  Soap, water and 20 seconds of rubbing is the best way to clean your hands. 
  • Take probiotics to keep your healthy intestinal flora flourishing and boost your immune system to defend against harmful bacteria.  
  • Digestive aids can help your body cope with new or unusual foods and can maintain stomach and intestinal comfort by supporting the digestive process. 

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and comfortable shoes.  A little planning ahead on your part can ensure your health and comfort.  Here’s hoping you have a safe, healthy and memorable summer! 

Supplemental aids for travelers:

Ortho Biotic by Ortho MolecularTo maintain and encourage the growth of good bacteria in your intestinal tract.  Stress, alcohol, pollutants and foods can all increase harmful bacteria and set the stage for digestive issues and illness.  Taking a probiotic before, during and after air travel can help boost your immune system and reduce your chances of digestive imbalances from foreign microbes.  This is a great probotic for travel as refrigeration is not necessary. 

Digest Gold by Enzymedica –  Formulated to assist with digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber.  Changes in your diet while traveling can upset your digestive system.  This product is designed to assist the body in the maximum digestion of nutrients, support energy production and provide immune support.  

End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics –  Ultimate strength B vitamin formula for all day energy.  End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex features high levels of B12 and other B vitamins for healthy blood, brain and nerve cell function all essential for sustained energy.  This product helps maintain mental alertness when you are experiencing fatigue. 

Buffered Ascorbic Acid by Pure Encapsulations  –  Buffered ascorbic acid combines calcium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, and potassium ascorbate to create a neutral pH vitamin C.  Vitamin C supports the body’s defense system by enhancing white blood cell function and activity and increasing antibody response.  Vitamin C is a superior antioxidant that helps fight viral and bacterial infections while enhancing immunity. 

Rhodiola (SF755) by Thorne Research –  Rhodiola is an important stress-relieving botanical.   In addition to aiding sleep, Rhodiola can enhance mood and decrease occasional episodes of worry and nervousness, allowing for more efficient functioning under stressful conditions.