Saturday, March 3, 2012
Simple Ways to Get Healthy: Improve Your Energy and Sleep
Dr. Oz serves up easy, no-thought solutions to help you regain optimum energy levels and also get a solid night’s rest.
If you’ve been trying to get healthy and failing, it could be that your approach has been too complicated. By making simple choices, you can automate your health habits and also forgo adding extra stress to your life. Here are 10 easy-to-use energy boosters to recharge your body, followed by four simple tips to get a deep, restful night’s sleep.
10 Simple Energy Boosters
Tip #1: Switch Your Morning Coffee to White Tea
While coffee can initially give you a rush of energy, drinking too many cups can actually result in a feeling of burn out. Instead, try white tea, which is unfermented tea made from new growth buds and young leaves of the plant. Because white tea goes through even less processing than black or green tea, it contains the highest levels of the amino acid L-theanine to help you stay more alert.
Tip #2: Avoid Caffeine Withdrawal in the Afternoon With Guarana Herb Supplement
Guarana, a tropical berry that grows in the Amazon, has been shown to have the same stimulatory effect as other caffeinated sources but with a much more gradual and sustained boost of energy. Try 200-800mg (1-3 tablets) before breakfast or lunchtime. To learn more about the benefits of guarana, click here.
Tip #3: Boost Immunity With Chyawanprash
A weakened immune system can play a major role in zapping your energy level. A highly popular Indian household remedy, chyawanprash, a jam that contains Indian gooseberry, or amla, is a powerful antioxidant that enhances white blood cell function. It’s also packed with more than 50 herbal ingredients that boost immunity. Try a spoonful on whole-wheat toast in the morning. Available in health food stores and online.
Tip #4: Treat Allergies With Quercetin Nasal Spray
Approximately 15-20% of Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, better known as hay fever. Research shows that year-round allergies may contribute to daytime fatigue caused by nasal congestion and disrupted sleep. Quercetin nasal spray, available over-the-counter, has been shown to work like an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory, reducing a runny nose and watery eyes.