Horseman’s Health: Boosting Energy to Get Ready for Summer

Madalyn on horseSummer will be here before we know it and that means the need for extra energy to deal with kids home for the summer, family vacations, longer daylight hours to be out and about, longer riding time, and all the summertime sports and summer fun. If you are feeling an energy drain, now is the time to start boosting your energy levels to get ready for summer. Here are a few suggestions on how you can get started now and be sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun to come.

Keep Blood Sugar Levels Stable – When our blood sugar levels go down, we experience less energy and tiredness. One way to help steady those levels is to make sure you start the day with a healthy breakfast that includes protein and complex carbs. Then eat several smaller meals or snacks throughout the day instead of the typical big lunch and dinner. Be sure those snacks include a good variety of fruits, vegetables, complex carbs and lean proteins. For additional support, add digestive enzymes to your daily regimen. Enzymes help you break down foods so your body doesn’t have to work as hard and spend as much of its energy in the digestion process. That leaves more energy reserves for other things.

Keep Drinking – Water that is. Your body needs water for all its functions to work and staying hydrated is important for energy. How much water to drink depends some on what type of activity you are engaged in and the type of environment you are in. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty and dehydration is setting in. Keep water with you throughout the day to sip and increase the amount you are drinking if you up your activity levels. If your urine is a light yellowish color then you’ll know you are getting enough.

Energy on a Cellular Level – The mitochondria in our cells need proper nourishment to produce energy. ATP (adenosine troposphere) is the fuel mitochondria needs to do its work. ATP is made by the body with the help of coenzyme Q10 which we make naturally when we are young, but find supplies depleted as we get older. A simple way to get more coenzyme Q10 is with this supplement that contains ubiquinol (the active antioxidant form of coenzyme Q10), reishi and oyster mushrooms, polyphenols from olives, and AFA bluegreen algae, designed to activate cellular energy to support a healthy cardiovascular system which can improve energy levels.

Gear Up With Glycogen – Glycogen is a type of fuel found in the liver that gets converted to glucose when we find the need for a quick energy burst. You can get glycogen from food sources such as most meats and liver in particular. If you are not a meat-eater, consider the blue green algae from Klamath Lake in which glycogen makes up the cell wall.

Enjoy the Summer Sunshine – Here’s an easy tip to do in the summer since the daylight hours are longer and usually there are more sunny days available. Just going out and taking a quick walk for 10 minutes in the sunshine can be enough to give you an energy boost. It also can give you a mental boost too as sunlight helps you make more endorphins and serotonin. Even if you can’t get out and walk on a sunny day, you can still get the benefits of sunshine by adding chlorophyll to your diet. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is essential in the photosynthesis reactions that convert radiant energy from the sun into chemical energy for life processes and sugars and foods needed to fuel the body. Chlorophyll is found in dark leafy green veggies and abundant in AFA blue green algae.

Use Cinnamon – There are studies that report just the smell of cinnamon can increase energy. If you like the taste you can also suck on a stick of cinnamon for a natural energy boost. Peppermint can also be used in the same way.

Move It – When you start to feel like you are dragging, try some movement to jump start your energy. Just going for a walk or doing some light exercise that gets your body moving can go a long way to boosting your energy level back up. One study on exercise and energy reported that those people riding 20 minutes 3 times a week on an exercise bike at a mild pace showed a significant boost in energy.

Summertime can be a lot of fun, but it can also require you to be more active. Getting your body in shape now with some of these simple natural solutions can help you get ready with increased energy to make sure you are able to keep up with all the fun activities.