Boost Energy

Hello All,

I truly hope everyone is still into their exercise routine or at least "trying" hard.  Again, I am sorry I haven't been around as much as I have planned to be.  Summer is extremely busy....I cannot believe that it is almost August!  I am confident that I will post more often in the coming months.  Let me know what topics are important to you. 

I would like to discuss energy.  One day I decided to see a physician because my energy level was extremely low.  I was tired most of the time and felt like I did not have enough energy to exercise or merely complete small household chores.  Upon simple routine blood tests the physician discovered that I had extremely low B12 and Vitamin D levels. He decided to put me on prescription strength Vitamin D (50,000 units per week) and Vitamin B12 (both of these vitamins can be purchased over the counter).   B12 is also available by injection.    Over time the vitamins helped.  Some signs and symptoms of low B12: weakness, tired, pale skin, or feeling lightheaded.  Low B12 can lead to anemia.  Some signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency: chronic pain, weakness, or fatigue.   These signs and symptoms are different for everyone, therefore, it is important to be evaluated by a medical professional. 

Tips to Increase Energy

  • EXERCISE - I cannot emphasize how important it is to exercise at least three times per week for 30 + minutes per day.  This will increase your energy and boost your confidence! Walking is a good way to start.  Even if you feel very tired, go for a walk, I promise you will feel energized afterwards.  Try IT! 
  • REDUCE STRESS - Take time for yourself, it is possible.  I personally try to get a massage every couple months.  Listening to music and dealing with anger in a positive way also helps!  Don't sweat the small stuff!  Relax, breathe and enjoy life!
  • STAY HYDRATED - Drink, drink, drink - water.  Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and tired.  Replace the fluids that you lose due to heat, daily activity and or exercise.  Believe it or not many drinks contain high levels of sugar and calories.  Replace these favorite drinks with healthy water. 
  • REST - Be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.  Trying to catch up on sleep doesn't work.  If 8 hours of sleep are not possible, make every effort to take a power nap :). 
  • Get B12 and D levels checked!!!  Low levels can negatively effect your health. 
Tip of the Week:  Be sure to get a yearly physical.  Physicians usually complete routine blood tests to detect blood sugar, cholesterol, kidney function (etc.).   Vitamin D and B12 levels are not routine, so ask your doctor to run these tests, you will thank yourself if your levels are not normal - it's an easy fix!

Inspirational Quote: "It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor". ~ Cicero

Would love to hear from YOU....Let us know what are some of your energy boosting ideas? 

Inspire others, 
Determined D XOXO

Disclosure: The statements above are merely the opinion of the author who is not a medical expert nor claims to be.  Do not replace or utilize these opinions as medical advice.  It is important to see a physician yearly.    

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