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Holistic Methods to Increase Energy

Do You Want to Increase Energy?

If so, you share something in common with millions of Americans. The quest for a method to increase energy is also, in many ways, the quest for success. “If I just had more energy, I could get all those things done that I want to do…” is the common refrain. Reading about the men and women of the past can astonish one at the sheer magnitude of their output: the man who built his own house, fought in two wars, founded his own business, and raised a family of eight; the woman who worked the family farm, made all the family’s clothing, churned her own butter, and personally educated her seven children. In a bygone era, you had to do virtually everything yourself. Nowadays, we simply do our job, collect a paycheck, pay for what someone in China produced, and collapse on the couch for lack of verve. Where did our energy go?

Proper Diet

One answer is that we didn’t fuel up properly in the first place. Just as a car or airplane cannot run on the wrong fuel – so too must our bodies burn the right fuel in order to generate sufficient power. Drive through suburbia and you’ll see what millions of people eat: fast food, gas station food, and chain restaurants that serve fried and relatively tasteless food. And at the supermarket, all too often we purchase the starches, cereals, and sugars. But the problem gets worse; symptomatic of feeling drained of energy is the desire to boost energy level by any means necessary, namely, caffeine – in the form of coffee or worse, “energy” drinks. While a java boost is essentially harmless, these energy drinks are another story entirely, with sketchy ingredients and reports of some violent reactions. Extended caffeine addiction can bankrupt your adrenal glands so that the caffeine has virtually no effect other than preventing a withdrawal headache. Any way you look at it, caffeine is a stimulant drug that produces artificial energy.

Natural Energy

What we need is natural energy, and it appears that nature has provided – in the form of fruits, vegetables, and things that grow from the earth. The practice of juicing has been gaining ground as the go-to activity for real, honest energy – a way to boost your momentum with organic phytonutrients (“phyto-“ means plant based). Juicers range from a hundred dollars to over $2,000. The high-end version is a machine with a two-step process, first producing a pulp then squeezing out the juice through “hydraulic” action. But you by no means have to go so high-tech. You can pick up an affordable juicer at your local appliance or big-box store. You can juice fruits, vegetables, and add green superfoods for a blast of real energy. Combine this with a rational diet and you are on your way. If you were to stay in the outside aisle of the supermarket you’d have the right idea. By sticking to the outside, you encounter the fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and lean meats, thus evading the domain of starch, pasta, sugar, cereal, cookies, ice cream, frozen crinkle-cut fries, and TV dinners. This is not to say never eat a plate of angel hair pasta. Rather, change what you’re eating in general. In summary:

  • Use organic, whole ingredients, lean meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables
  • Acquire a decent juicer
  • Drink a green superfood blast daily that includes such things as:
    • Wheat grass
    • Barley grass
    • Alfalfa
    • Spirulina
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Chlorella
    • Wild blue-green algae

Keep this up for a while, combine it with routine exercise, and feel your energy level increase. You just might have the momentum to get all those things done that you’ve been meaning to do – and make a dream or two come true! And the people of the future will read about everything you got done!



Holistic Approach For Sprains

Holistic Methods for Healing Sprains

A Common Injury

Sprains are some of the most common injuries in high-impact sports. They are also one of the most frustrating to treat. For avid athletes, the prospect of sitting still during recovery for weeks on end is enough to drive them crazy. Many are tempted to return to their sport before the sprain has fully healed, inviting re-injury and chronic long-term problems. They can prevent that painful cycle by following a step-by-step program to treat the sprain using a holistic method.

The age-old conventional wisdom on treating sprains has always been to use the “RICE” method, but in recent years, the “MEAT” method has gained prominence and popularity. Both (as we explain below) have benefits and disadvantages. Dr. Harry Adelson, N.D., who specializes in prolotherapy and sports injuries, suggests a combination of the two methods to best treat a sprain.

“When we use RICE,” he explains, “we decrease pain by blocking the inflammatory cascade, but in doing so we suppress healing … For a strain/sprain type injury, I recommend RICE for the first 4 hours after the injury (ice 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off), and then shift to MEAT. MEAT encourages the body’s own natural healing capacity to do its thing.”

Using both methods allows us to quickly treat a sprain at the onset of pain, while setting up an optimal long-term healing environment.

The RICE Method

The RICE method for injuries is an acronym for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Here’s a breakdown of how RICE works:

  • Rest. Use a splint, sling, or crutches to provide support to the sprained body part.
  • Ice. Apply an ice pack (or a bag of vegetables) to the sprained area for 20 minutes or less every 3-4 hours.
  • Compression. Without cutting off circulation, wrap the injury snugly with a stretch-bandage. This should only be used in early treatment of the sprain, as compression can prevent the drainage of excess fluid from the injured area, potentially prolonging inflammation around the joint.
  • Elevate. Place pillows under the sprain to elevate it higher than the heart. This helps promote fluid drainage from the injured limb. If possible, move the muscles near the sprain to increase blood circulation.

The goal of the RICE method is to reduce swelling in the injured area. But once the swelling has gone down, the tactics used in the RICE method can actually suppress healing. Because of the risks associated with long-term treatment, most doctors specializing in sports injuries only recommend using it for the first 4-12 hours of treatment. Then, they propose switching to the MEAT method.

The MEAT Method

The MEAT method for injuries is an acronym for movement, exercise, analgesia, and treatment. Here’s a breakdown of how MEAT works:

  • Movement. Move the injured body part to increase circulation and prevent the formation of adhesions. A widely recommended exercise is drawing the alphabet with the injured body part.
  • Exercise. Without overdoing it, strengthen the sprained body part with gradual exercise. For example, someone with a sprained ankle might progress from putting weight on the foot to slow walking. This promotes blood circulation and activates nerve fibers, which can help restore strength in the surrounding muscles.
  • Analgesia. Use natural or pharmaceutical medications to decrease pain. For mild pain, Tylenol is suitable, while more acute pain might require an over-the-counter nutritional supplement or prescribed medications.
  • Treatment. Home treatments of alternated heat (2 minutes) and ice (30 seconds) will help speed healing. Do 3-4 reps of this treatment 3-4 times per day. Treatments such as acupuncture, prolotherapy, and mesotherapy can also help with acute injuries.

The main risk of the MEAT method is doing too much, too soon. A slow-paced recovery that does not push the body too quickly helps heal the injury faster. The principal benefit of using the MEAT method is that the sprain will heal correctly, which will prevent re-injury in the future.

Seeking Further Help

Using these methods, a mild sprain should heal within two to three weeks. But there are several indicators that a patient should seek further consultation with a specialized physician after a sprain, including:

  • If the patient experiences severe pain when he or she tries to move or puts any weight on the injured joint
  • If, once the swelling has gone down, the injury looks different (crookedness, bumps in odd places) from the uninjured joint
  • If the same joint or tendon has been injured multiple times
  • If the area around the sprain injury is numb, tender, or if there are red streaks spreading out from the injury—these are indicators of a potential infection
  • If there is any confusion about how serious the injury is or doubts about how best to treat it
  • If the limb with the injured joint buckles as the patient runs through his or her movement exercises
  • If the patient cannot move the injured joint

While most sprains can be treated fairly easily with a combination of physical therapy and the RICE or MEAT method, some sprains — especially repeat injuries — can lead to weakened joints and might require an operation to fix. A consultation with a physician is recommended in cases like this. Family and friends can also help the patient during the recovery process by ensuring that the injury is fully healed and allowing the patient time to ease back into his or her activity.


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