Cultivating your own sources of renewable energy

October 12, 2017 - 9:55am

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put on fuel and energy that it would generate?

Well, you do use the sun as a source of energy, when it replenishes your supply of vitamin D. But on any given day you need a lot of renewable energy from a lot of sources to fuel your body, your brain and your spirit! And sometimes it feels
like it’s in short supply.

To help you power through those days when you don’t have the energy you need to get in 10,000 steps, think through that project at work, or solve some challenge at home (sound familiar), we’ve got some surprising ways you can renew
your energy, improve your health and increase your vitality.

What Produces Energy in Your Body?
—Energy in your body comes from the mitochondria in each cell (that is the mini battery that launches your metabolism by offering glucose, fat and protein to your muscles, which gets you moving).
—Energy is converted in the liver, where glucose that feeds each cell and powers the brain is both produced and stored.
—In the muscles, stored energy is converted into the energy of motion through a combination of nerve impulses, glucose and fat-burning, and a chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

How to Cultivate Renewable Energy Resources
Fuel No. 1: Optimism. Research shows that having positive expectations when faced with tough situations early in life leads to better health and a lower rate of death decades later. Seems that folks who are more optimistic gravitate toward
healthier lifestyles, are able to adjust to physical and mental challenges and solve or resolve them. Can’t you just feel how that boosts your energy? Cultivating optimism: If you’re more of a gloomy Gus than a merry Mary, you can change your point of view. Psychologists suggest that training yourself to question negative reactions will shift you toward a more optimistic attitude. So when you’re feeling pessimistic, ask yourself:
1. “Am I really to blame, or was it just bad luck, the situation or other people?
2. “How long will it last; i.e., will it always be like this, or will it pass?”
3. “What does this really affect in my life and what will remain unaffected?

Fuel No. 2: Friendship and Generosity.
Friendships provide support, stress reduction, security — in short, the emotional backstop you need to tackle challenges of daily life. One study found that when you have strong social relationships, your odds for survival over a given
period of time are 50 percent greater than folks who are isolated! But, remember, the energy you get from friendship derives as much (or more) from giving as receiving.

Cultivating Friendship and Generosity:
If you want to increase your circle of friends, become more generous. Listen, ask questions and volunteer to lend a hand. That builds bonds between you and your acquaintances, reduces your stress level and lifts the blues. The more energy you expend for others, the more you are refueled.

Fuel No. 3: Smart Lifestyle Choices.
Being undernourished and overfed PLUS being underexercised and oversedentary (the condition of most American adults!) are energy drains. But if you put good fuel into your body and then burn it up daily with physical activity and productive thought, you’ll be rewarded with enduring energy and a younger RealAge.

Cultivating Smart Lifestyle Choices:
The first step is to ditch highly processed foods, and red and processed meats; opt for nine servings of produce daily. Say “no” to all sugary beverages. Next step? Walk 10,000 steps daily; do two 30-minute, strength-building workouts weekly; get seven to eight hours of sleep nightly. Also, take supplements, such as a multivitamin and (if your doc says OK) an 81-mg low-dose aspirin twice a day with half a glass of warm water before and after. In no time, you’ll discover that the more energy you put out, the more energy you’ll have!
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Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit
© 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz,
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc

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