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Energy Zappers 

1. Dehydration
Your extreme fatigue might be coming from hidden sources. Nixing these spirit-depleting factors from your life will automatically help reboot your verve.
It turns out that even moderate dehydration (which results in the loss of 3 percent of your body weight) can make you feel mentally sluggish and mess with your concentration. The next time you're feeling foggy or lightheaded, don't just assume you're in serious need of some food. Try downing a glass or two of water.

2. Cell Phones
Checking your cell before bed amps up brain activity, making it harder to doze off. Plus, any electronic gadget's artificial blue light can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin. A 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 20 percent of people ages 19 to 29 are awakened by a call, text, or e-mail at least a few nights a week. Power it down well before bedtime.

3. Medication
Many drugs have veiled energy-sapping side effects. Chief among them are some classes of antidepressants and certain beta-blockers used to prevent migraines or treat high blood pressure. If you start a new med and feel more lethargic than usual, see doctor Bert for an alternative. (If there isn't one, take your dose right before bed.)

 4. Overtraining
While working out zaps the stress hormone cortisol, prolonged sweat sessions--like, for example, regularly running for more than 30 minutes at a steady rate--can actually rev cortisol production. Interval training (bursts of intense activity) combined with strength training (free-weight and body-weight moves) helps keep cortisol in check.

5. Low Iron
The mineral shuttles oxygen around your body and removes waste from your cells. If you're not getting around 18 milligrams a day, your body struggles to function properly and you can feel worn out; low iron levels in your diet can cause iron deficiency anemia. If you feel sluggish, call our office and ask for a simple blood test to see if you should be taking a supplement. 

For more information please call our office at 786-360-6355 

Quick Workouts at Work

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What to Eat at Work?
At work, most of us are sitting for most of the day. If we exercise regularly, our basal metabolic rate increases, and our muscles burn energy while we're resting. However, this doesn't give us a free pass to eat whatever we like, whenever we like.

Following a healthy food plan can be challenging if we work in an office. It's so easy to drink three or four cups of coffee, get our sugar fix from the vending machine, and grab some fast food for lunch. No one has time to waste sitting in a restaurant.

And, usually, hours go by before we remember we need to eat. As a result, our blood sugar levels yo-yo wildly, zooming up after a mid-morning candy bar, and crashing down four hours later, when we finally call a take-out place.

Healthy solutions take some preparation and effort, yet the benefits in terms of avoiding diabetes and obesity are immeasurable. Bring zippered plastic bags containing four reduced-fat cheddar and string cheese sticks, an apple, and a banana. Now you've got two quick meals, both combining protein and carbohydrate. A protein-and-carbohydrate energy bar (there are plenty of good-tasting selections) makes a third small meal, and you've successfully maintained good energy levels throughout the day!

The most important thing to do - every hour or so - is change your posture and get the body parts moving again. Stand up, take a few slow, deep breaths, and walk around for five minutes. Change your perspective. Go to the window, look around, see something other than the Power Point you've been working on for the last hour. Refresh your mind with new images, new scenery.

Now, back at your desk, you're ready to do a series of simple exercises that will get your physical and mental systems back online -

SITTING
•    Gently tilt your head forward and back
•    Gently turn your head toward your shoulder, right and left
•    Gently tilt your ear toward your shoulder, right and left
•    Shoulder shrugs - lift your shoulders toward your ears
•    Shoulder rolls - forward and back
•    Wrist circles - clockwise and counterclockwise
•    Ankle circles - clockwise and counterclockwise

STANDING
•    Arm circles - clockwise and counterclockwise
•    Knee bends - halfway down and come up
•    Knee raises (lightly touch a wall with one hand for support)
•    Spine twists (hands on hips, gently twist right and left)
•    Spine side bends ((hands on hips, gently bend right and left)

How many repetitions to do? Just a few for each exercise - you'll know instinctively what feels good, what feels right. And in less than ten minutes, you've stimulated your muscles and joints throughout your body, recharged your nervous system, regained the benefits you achieved earlier in the day at the gym, and are primed to have a great rest of the day!

1Blanchette DM, et al. Aerobic Exercise and Cognitive Creativity: Immediate and Residual Effects. Creativity Research Journal, 17(3):257-264, 2005.
2Steinberg H, et al. Exercise enhances creativity independently of mood. Brit J Sports Med 31(3):240-245, 1997.
3Wiley RL, et al. Isometric exercise training lowers resting blood pressure. Med Sci Sports Exerc 24(7):749-54, 1992.