Advice on Feeling and Looking Younger - Become an Energy machine

Written by Rita Kennen

Become a Lean, Mean Energy Machine

Just as an older car requires more maintenance to run efficiently, your body may need more attention to keep on truckin'. So says Dr. Erika Schwartz, author of Tired to Terrific in Ten Days, Natural Energy.

Listening to your body is the best way to prevent illness.
The signals for hunger and fatigue come from the same part of the brain.
Many people confuse the two and eat when they are really just tired.
Exercise is important, but never workout when you're sick.
You can't sweat out the virus when you body really needs rest.
To find out more, visit Erika Schwartz's Web site.

Schwartz recommends two over-the-counter nutritional supplements that are made naturally by the body and are critical to energy production, and whose levels decline with age. The first is carnitine, an amino acid that transports fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are made into energy. Carnitine also helps build hormones, strengthens cell membranes, and controls fat.

The second one is a supplement that works in conjunction with carnitine: coenzyme Q10. Once carnitine gets the fatty acids into the mitochondria, CoQ10 helps turn them into energy. Recent research also shows that CoQ10 helps fight heart disease and enhances the immune system.

Junk in, Junk out: Eat mitochondria-friendly foods
"If you put in junk, your body has to clean up after you," says Schwartz. "If you eat good food, your body will thank you for it." She recommends eating foods rich in:

Magnesium:Whole grains, leafy green vegetables, bananas and meat all increase your level of magnesium, which jumpstarts enzymes that increase energy production.

Phytochemicals:Fruits and vegetables have an antioxidant quality that protects your cells from free-radical damage. Shop by richness of color. Reds, yellows, oranges and greens are a great guide to finding nutrient rich veggies and fruits.

Energy stealing foods: Avoid high fat, high sugar and processed foods, loaded with transfats. The key, says Schwartz, is balance. "Eating junk food occasionally is OK," she explains. "But if you eat French fries today, don't eat them every day for the next two weeks."

Lifestyle habits have a tremendous effect on your level of energy. Schwartz advises against cramming as much as you can into every waking hour. Instead, listen to your body, get enough sleep, de-stress, remain open to life and embrace new ideas. She says, "If you're tired, go to sleep. Don't go shopping. It's as simple as that."

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