Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast. Have you ever wondered why I called it that... “Healthy Life” and not “stroke” or “stroke survivor” podcast? I learned a long time ago that what we put into our minds and bodies is what comes out. My thinking being... we need to focus, invest, put our energy into those things that will will insure our future and future health! So we focus on having or reestablishing a healthy life.
Let’s take some time today to consider what we’ve been taught, what is true, what we need, and what we put into our bodies. The RDA’s (Recommended Daily Allowances) are supposed to tell us what we need daily. In fact we’ve gone so far as publishing labels to help us. According to the online medical dictionary the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is the the amount of nutrient and calorie intake per day considered necessary for maintenance of good health, and it’s calculated for males and females of various ages and recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council... so a government agency...
The key word to note is maintenance... let me repeat that again and listen closely... According to the online medical dictionary the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is the the amount of nutrient and calorie intake per day considered necessary for maintenance of good health.
The reality is that with your stroke you have suffered a traumatic injury to your system and you need more than “maintenance” in your food you need a healing diet.... do you still feel tired... somewhat lethargic... The answer to more energy may lie in a few answers to six questions
1. Are you drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of pure water each day?
Unintentional Chronic Dehydration can cause cell’s mitochondria (energy factories in the cell) to not have the water they need to function at their best accounting for energy lows. And no, coffee can’t count towards your water!
2. Are you eating palm-sized portions of protein at each sitting?
Low protein intake can cause cell turnover to happen improperly, leaving cells a little lack-luster and leaving you with low energy output.
3. Are you consuming more processed, refined, and convenient (gas station peanuts anyone?) foods more than you know you should?
Refined and processed foods have been shown to cause “insulin resistance”, where the cells of the body become inflamed and unable to get the glucose they need to function. Your body will scream for sugar to get energy if this is the case for you.
4. Are you eliminating and having at least one bowel movement everyday?
The elimination of waste is critically important to energy. If you are not properly moving waste out, it starts to accumulate in the body and creates a toxic environment, whereby the cells’ enzymatic functions are stalled and energy is lost.
5. Are you more stressed than normal?
The stress response in the body (hormones, neurotransmitters, etc) requires a ton of energy, and will rob energy from the rest of the cells of your body in order to make cortisol (your stress hormone) and keep you in survival mode. Generally in this case, the person will feel wired but tired, require lots of caffeine, and suffer from some anxiety and overwhelmed at times. Getting out of bed will be difficult, and yet they have the most energy at night before bed.
6. Have you had your thyroid tested with a complete thyroid panel?
Sub-clinical low thyroid function (or when the doctor tells you your thyroid is fine, but you clearly know it is not) Is all too common today and actually is experienced by over 60% of Americans.
If you were challenged to any of those questions then consider these tips...
Hydrate yourself. Start the day with more water, and end up with more energy, consume 8 to16 oz of pure water when you get up.
Aim for half your bodyweight in grams of protein each day. Animal protein is best, but those who are vegan and vegetarian can still benefit from sources of protein such as pea protein, dairy, and certain plant proteins such as macadamias. Protein speeds metabolic function every time it is consumed.
Use nature’s fast foods to avoid processed, refined foods: fruits in palm-sized portions, avocados cut open and sprinkled with sea salt, hard-boiled eggs, beef jerky, packets of coconut butter or macadamia nut butter, olives, cheese, and pork rinds!
Eat when the sun is up, and wind down after the sun goes down. Avoid eating a large meal too late in the evening which can cause you to wake suddenly in the night due a blood sugar crash. This will cause a loss of sleep which will certainly cause an energy loss the next day.
Dial in your circadian rhythm, blocking out bright artificial light at night, and increasing red light which matches the red light you see at sunset and as fire-light or candlelight. Dimming house lights after the sun goes down, dimming devices or eliminating them after dark altogether will allow you to fall asleep sooner and get more restful sleep, as more melatonin will naturally be released. Artificial light at night surpasses melatonin leaving your sleep disturbed and you... fatigued.
Avoid too much intense exercise. The last thing you need to do if your energy is lacking, is kill yourself in the gym. More is not better it’s just more! Instead, focus on calming exercises like natural movement videos, or a stretch class at the gym, or take a walk...
Spend some time in the sun. Low Vitamin D can cause a lull in energy, and has even been associating for chronic fatigue. Aim to spend at least 20 minutes a day in bright AM sunlight and even perhaps some bright afternoon sunlight to increase Vitamin D naturally.
Consider a thyroid glandular. More than half the population is suffering from low thyroid function due to chronic radiation from devices, processed foods, and stress. I suggest you talk to a nutritionist about a simple thyroid/liver glandular. Low thyroid is one of the leading causes of low energy and an OTC product can help the thyroid boost production of thyroid hormone and boost energy!
Toxic relationships. Toxic people in our lives deprive us and even rob us of energy. While it’s not always easy to remove all the exposure to toxic individuals, doing what you can to avoid those who rob of you of precious energy can be way to calm the underlying stress response your body undergoes when around them.
Avoid C.O.S. (Chronic Over-Stimulation). The go-go-go, hurry-to-this-errand, and hurry-to-that-place lifestyle where you cram as much into one day only to crash into bed at night is actually too much for the human body. Humans were designed to be outside, to cultivate the earth with their hands, to care for loved ones, and to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Sadly many, are totally missing out on that “enjoying the fruits of your labor” part. If you want to gain energy, you have to lose some irons in the fire, and find time to rest. Not sleep but just enjoyment. It’s not about being selfish, it’s about self-care so that you have the energy to better care for others.
Well unfortunately that’s all the time we have for today ... I’m glad we had this chance to focus on RDA... foods and energy ... thanks for joining me today and I look forward to sharing with you tomorrow, ...please feel free to leave me a message at stroke.global or on Facebook @stroke.global, I enjoy seeing them all.
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