A Focus on Overall Health Leads to Feeling Better

Does 2 or 3pm hit and you’re feeling a bit sluggish?  You reach for that afternoon coffee as you hope to perk back up for another hour or two (or three or four) to get through the workday.  We’ve all been there, and we’re all left wondering, “Is there a better way?”

Dr. Shayne Durbin, chiropractor in Billings, says, “Yes, there is a better way!”  In fact, there are a handful of “better ways” to make sure you don’t hit those afternoon drowsy periods.

5 Ways to Keep Your Energy Levels Up

Most of our lack of energy has to do with lifestyle choices.  Some are easy to change, others might take a little more work to bring about new habits.

More Energy with Regular Chiropractic Visits

How does a chiropractic adjustment give you more energy?  A bulk of what causes us to have depleted energy levels is the fact that we’re spending energy without realizing it.  When our bodies are all out of alignment, we’re constantly fighting against ourselves.  Without knowing it, we’re draining our energy trying to hold it all together.  By the time the afternoon and evening hits, we’re so zapped because we’ve had all these apps running in the background.

Chiropractic adjustments keep the body functioning optimally so we can focus our energy on what truly matters.  Easy to remedy, just make an appointment.

Better Hydration Leads to Higher Energy Levels

Imagine you’re in a canoe.  You’re gliding through a lake with almost effortless paddles strokes.  But then, you get into a bay where the water level is lower, and your canoe starts to brush along the bottom.  Each paddle stroke doesn’t do quite as much.  Soon the water gets thicker with more dirt and sediment, and you have to push harder and harder.  Eventually you’re in the mud, a paddle stroke barely moves the canoe forward a fraction of an inch.

Our bodies work the similarly.  Proper hydration means you glide right along.  But when you start getting dehydrated, it’s harder and harder to move forward.  Easy to remedy, just drink 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning, 16 ounces at lunch, and 16 ounces at dinner (the other 16 can be picked up along the way).

Proper Nutrition Gives You More Energy

When you mow down on a greasy cheeseburger and fries, your belly gets full, but you get a little sleepy… why is that?  There are a few reasons.  First, fatty and greasy foods cause your body to produce more of the CCK hormone to help break apart that fat.  It also sends a signal to your brain that it’s time for a rest so you can effectively focus energy on digestion.  When your body is stuffed full of food (we tend to overeat fatty and greasy foods more than we do healthy stuff), our bodies naturally send blood and resources to the stomach to start breaking down the food right away.  This means less blood for our brains and so we start to slow down.

Nutritious foods can take longer to break down, but our bodies don’t have to work as hard.  Better nutrition will not only make you feel less sleepy, but also keep you full for longer.  Harder to remedy, requires a change in eating habits.

Have More Energy by Working Out

It sounds counter-productive, but expending more energy will give you more energy.  Remember back in high school when your science teacher proclaimed, “The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell!”  Well, that goes beyond just the answer to your multiple-choice test.  Working out increases blood flow and helps deliver nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.  The mitochondria receive those nutrients, and are able to work effectively by producing more energy for an extended period of time.  Exercising in the morning sets the stage for an entire day of more energy.

Bonus: when it’s time to sleep, your mitochondria are worn out and ready to recharge overnight, so you sleep better.  Harder to remedy, requires a gym membership and a lot of discipline to follow through.

SLEEP!

Hey, remember when we sleep better because we’re working out in the morning?  You know that full-for-longer feeling when we eat healthy?  Yeah, those all can lead to another perk of being healthy: better rest overnight.  A recent Gallup poll says that 57% of Americans know they need more sleep.  But most of us don’t do anything about it.  Here’s the kicker though; we’re not staying up late getting things done.  It’s sleep deprivation by choice.

Get 7 hours at least, 8 hours is better, so you can have energy throughout the day.  Harder to remedy, requires a change in schedule.

Come See Dr. Shayne Durbin – Your Local Chiropractor

Don’t worry about implementing all of these changes at once.  Every New Year’s Day most of us claim that we’re going to finally be healthy!  Then we try to make these huge and dramatic changes, and fall back into old habits quickly.

Start small.  Start with a big glass of water first thing when you wake up, and once-per-month chiropractor visits.  For your exercise, start with 3 pushups and eventually add a walk around the block at lunch.  Change your bedtime routine at 2 minutes earlier per night instead of 2 hours.  Add an apple to your breakfast for better nutrition.

Let’s get through the days without the afternoon drowsies.  Call our office to get started, 406-545-2128, or fill out the online appointment request form – then check one of the 5 off your list.

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