It's impossible to turn on a TV,computer or open a newspaper without getting bombarded by advertisements for energy in a bottle or a can. I am left asking myself, where has all our energy gone? Do we really have to resort to getting energy from a can and where does this mysterious energy in the can come from? Is there some cosmic force out there that is somehow corralled in this little bottle? Is it possible that we can actually live on less sleep and poor nutrition and make it all better for $4.99 at the local gas station?
I'm thinking this is one of those areas that would be covered by one of my mothers life instructions, " If it sounds too good to be true it probably is ". It seems we have become a country of quick fixes. I was brought up to believe if you got your proper rest, got proper nutrition and stayed active you would have the energy required to lead a normal and productive life. As we all know, life is not always ideal and we can't always get the proper rest or nutrition we need to keep our energy levels up where they need to be. But does any body think drinking a bottle of something is a good substitute?
The New York times has reported that there is no scientific backing for most energy drink claims and that most of their effects are derived from caffeine. They also tend to be packed with the cheapest vitamins in quantities that have no correlation to what our bodies require, only so they can claim nutritional value on the label. Many of these products also have misleading labels. Some claim to have " no crash later " but if you read the fine print they say no sugar crash when there is no sugar in the product. They don't say no caffeine crash.
Lets face it, our bodies can only produce so much energy and if you are pumping yourself full of caffeine to get more energy you are going to pay later. I don't know about you but that doesn't sound like a healthy option to me. So what are we left to do? Our bodies have a wonderful ability to generate the energy we need to survive and thrive if we give it what it needs to do its job. Here are a few things I have found that have worked for me and many others:
* Sleep : Sleep is probably the single most important ingredient to maintaining your energy level through the day. Studies have shown that most people need 7 to 8 hours of sleep to wake up completely rested. If you can't,some people take a short 15 minute nap during the day to recharge. This short nap has proven to help in many cases.
* Eat Breakfast : We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet many people grab something high in sugar or fat content as they are running out the door in the morning. Good nutrition is extremely important in the morning and a good breakfast,high in protein, every morning will give your body the fuel it needs to produce the energy you need.
* Good Nutrition : Your body needs good nutrition throughout the day to maintain the level of energy we all need to function without the sugar/caffeine crash so many people experience. When we start with a nutritious breakfast and good supplementation we are giving our bodies what they need to get through the day.
I start every morning with a protein shake and vitamins. I have been doing this for over 15 years and have not had an afternoon energy crash in years. I use Shaklee protein smoothies in the morning along with Shaklee sustained release Vitalizer vitamin strips. They fill me up and give me the nutrition I need to produce the energy to get me through the day.
I believe that if we give our bodies what they need we will never have a need for " energy in a bottle or can ". With a little attention to ourselves and a good nutritional regiment we can enjoy our lives and our families with energy left over.
If you would like more information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for you and your family give Tom or Cheryl Mangan a call at: Health Awareness, Independant Shaklee Distributors : 815-463-8541 or visit our website at :manganhealth