Energy Boost

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Fatigue is not part of this flower.  It takes work, energy, timing, systemic nutrition, scheduled strategies, clean gardening devices and focused problem solving to bring this rose from its’ basic root system to a full, healthy, vibrant bloom.  Its’ blood red color and sturdy stems are supported by a responsive root system that draws nutrition from a fertile soil enriched with vital nutrients.

We are like the vibrant flower.  There are tools and strategies which we use to maintain and boost our energy level.  The first step is to identify our peak energy so that we can  understand when we fall behind or below our best.  This strategy requires a variety of sources: nutrition, sleep, relaxation, stimulation, education and socialization.  Using these sources to our advantage is key.

“Tweaking the dose” may be the answer.  This term sometimes refers to medication but is also relevant to the topic of energy.  Exercise in the right amount can release endorphins – hormones that make up feel good – and take our minds off of fatigue.  The May 2016 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, the Psychiatric University Clinics Basel and Iran published an article on this issue.  The results found that the group that did exercise three times a week had less depression and fatigue (University of Basel in Switzerland).  Jack Burks, MD, FAAN, chief medical consultant of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America in Cherry Hill, NJ., (The Waiting Room – Neurology Now, Oct.-Nov. 2017) recommends, as well as other health professionals, that everyone check with their doctor before starting any exercise routine.

When we are not functioning at our peak, we may need to consider help to regain our best operating level.  A variety of medical professionals are a valuable tool.  Just as with the vibrant rose, sometimes outside help is needed.  Maybe we over-exercise or strain a muscle on a hiking trip or fall when riding our bike – it happens.  A professional can quickly get us back into peak performance.

The rose can’t control the weather: sunlight, rain, wind, dust.  However, we can control some of our resources: sleep, nutrition, socialization.  This is our moment to shine – as though we are our own ball of blazing sun.  Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising to tolerance on a regular basis, maintaining a scheduled sleep cycle and reaching out to an eclectic network of friends to enhance our neurologic health is within our control.  It shines a bright light on our well-being.  Just like the red rose, we can help to ensure that fatigue has no part of our flowering.

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Change

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The comedian Eddie Izzard once said, “CAESAR – did he ever think that he would end up as a salad?” Well, did any of us when we graduated from high school ever believe that we would change from the youthful, energetic, hopeful teenager that we were on that fateful day of our high school graduation? Probably not.

However, William H. McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, said “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

The message is – if you want to change things, you better start today because the clock may be ticking.

Blood/Blood Clots

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A basic definition of the blood system is a red liquid that circulates in the heart, veins and arteries of man and animals.  It’s also a portal system that stabilizes our body functions – nutrition, hydration, elimination, circulation.  Each of these systems functions in a balanced manner.  When this balance is disrupted the system breaks down.

Healthy blood coagulates, or clots.  In a recent article (published by Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada) this process is explained as a normal process to stop bleeding after an injury is sustained.  The article goes on explain that platelets and plasma proteins inside the blood allow this to happen by forming a solid mass over the broken blood vessel.  Normally, this clot will dissolve – it’s a natural process.

This is a good example of our body “healing itself.”  Our marvelous body can generally do this if it is given the correct tools to do its work.  We are in charge of giving our body the tools.  Our tool belt should contain adequate hydration, nutritious food, restorative rest, enjoyable relaxation, supportive social networks and a stimulating career path.

We may not always be able to keep our tool box filled with the needed equipment but at least attempting to keep it stocked with most of the tools that we use on a daily basis may get us through the hard times.  When we are in danger of “throwing a clot” we want to have right tools at our disposal to handle the emergency.

Energy

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I was relaxing on the shore of a beautiful tropical beach.  The serene scene offered soothing moments of rejuvenation.  The warm sun and the flow of the waves brought a feeling of muscle relaxation and mental freedom.

Into this milieu rushed a barking, energetic Jack Russell terrier followed closely by its’ owner.  The owner was dutifully carrying a bundle of beach-appropriate packages.  As I was observing peace-intruding couple, I was expecting to see the dog owner unpack a variety of sun loving toys: beach shoes, hats, towels, cold drinks, surf board, flippers, snorkel, etc.

Even though the owner was dressed in appropriate swimwear, what I saw was amazing. She unpacked a large, 5 gallon, plastic bucket filled with brightly colored tennis balls and a tennis racket. The Jack Russell terrier’s energy level instantly elevated.  The tiny dog ran unabashed straight into the ocean.  The animal had no concern for consequences.  This reaction was obviously triggered by the owner’s actions. The tiny canine was whipped around by the ebb and flow of the waves yet remained staunch in his resolve.  The dog turned back toward the direction of its’ owner and waited while being tossed about by the current.

The owner ceremoniously lifted the tennis racket into the air, picked up a handful of tennis balls and, with gusto, began smacking them into the ocean waves toward the direction of the transfixed terrier.

Without regard for life or limb, the tiny dog dove into the waves. After a few anxious moments, the canine surfaced holding three of the fluorescent tennis balls wedged into and bulging from, his small mouth.  He enthusiastically ran onto the shore to return the projectiles.  After laying the retrieved tennis balls at her feet, the terrier immediately ran back into the ocean to repeat the exercise.

I walked over to the owner and remarked about the unique form of exercise that she had devised for her dog.  “Believe me, I have tried everything else and this is the best way to tire him out. He loves it.”  My first thought was that everyone should be so lucky as to find a specific exercise that they love to do every day that totally tires them out.  One that they do with energy and dedication that fills them with joy and abandonment.

Find your EXERCISE and use your ENERGY!