Build and Balance Your Energy
Grey R. Larison, PhD and Irving Marcus, OMD
Everyone wants to have enough energy to enjoy the activities of life without suffering from unwanted fatigue and pain. And yet, today, so many people seem to be chronically fatigued and they feel that their life is out of balance. So, how do you build your energy reserves and keep in balance?
Good energy starts with good food. The food that we eat is the source of all physical energy, and the better quality food we eat the more energy we will have for our daily activities. Avoid processed foods, foods with lots of sugar, alcohol, tobacco and drugs because these all steal energy from your system. Focus on consuming fresh, clean, whole foods that were picked ripe and eaten as soon after picking as possible. Shop in the outer isles of your local supermarket where you find the fresh dairy products, fruits, vegetables, meats and fish, or at local organic farm markets. Make preparing meals with these fresh foods a family event – a time to talk and share one of life’s simple pleasures.
Regular exercise builds energy. Aerobic exercise, such as walking, bicycling, and swimming will make you stronger and more energetic all day long. It will also help improve the quality of your sleep at night. Getting the blood circulating with exercise moves nutrients and oxygen around to all the tissues and organs of the body, so that they can function more energetically. Even if you haven’t exercised for years, if you will just start a 30-minute program today, you will feel much better, and more energized, next week!
Complementary medicine offers many avenues to balancing one’s physical and mental energy. Balancing one’s physical and emotional energy is the goal of Neurofeedback (or EEG Biofeedback). This technology trains your brain to be more flexible, resilient and capable of moving energy into those brainwave frequencies needed for the task-at-hand. For example, if you need to be very focused and using your critical thinking skill, the energy needs to shift into the higher beta range of brainwave activity. If it is time to go to bed, that energy needs to drop down into delta (sleep) EEG frequencies. When we are mentally out-of-balance, we get “stuck” in a specific brainwave band. With Neurofeedback, you can train your brain to make those energy shifts much more easily and keep your cognitive life in balance.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also work with balancing physical energy. According to TCM, “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) is the animating power that flows through all living things. When the energy becomes blocked or stagnated it creates an imbalance or pain. This is your body’s way of telling you that something is out of balance. In well-balanced individuals, Qi flows smoothly in a specific pattern in the body. Acupuncture promotes the movement of the body’s energy to remove these blockages and create harmonious flow and balance for the individual.
Being and staying “in balance” is a modern day mantra. We can relate it to almost any aspect of life. When in balance we feel and are at our best. So make being in balance your goal.