Does your MS fatigue and energy need a boost? I know mine does; having multiple sclerosis drains my battery very quickly. Add to that a terrible cold I had recently, and my fatigue has doubled, and my energy has left the building!
While looking for a magic cure for my lack of power, I came across an article by Jonny Bowden, PhD. In the article he states that “Energy is the natural byproduct of certain lifestyle decisions.” His article goes on to offer 11 suggestions to help bolster your vitality and live a more energized life.
1. EAT FEWER CALORIES
Bowden suggests that this one small change can add a real boost to your energy level. He backs this theory by attributing it to multiple studies. The theory is that by cutting your calories by one-fourth it will save energy on digestion, which, in turn, will give you an energy boost and help add years to your life.
2. NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST
By eating a high-protein breakfast, such as eggs or oatmeal, it will help you to perform better on tasks and help stimulate your metabolism for up to 24 hours.
His suggestion is to do a clean eating-detox for one week. He recommends Elson Haas’, MD, SNACC program; a program that cuts out sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and chemicals. The food plan is raw nuts, berries, fruits, vegetables and grass-fed fish or beef with non-gluten grains.
Bowden says even one hour less of sleep a night can make you groggy and have less energy, plus it can put you at a metabolic deficit. He recommends going to bed one hour earlier than usual.
I think everyone is aware of the importance of exercise. As well as kicking up your energy, it can help in getting a good night’s sleep and ease stress. Your exercise can be doing small movements throughout the day. Whatever works for you.
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