Natural Energy Boosts For Spring: Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Sunday, 7 Apr 2013, 9:11:00 AM

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Low energy really puts a drag on your day – and your

longevity plans! Energy normally fluctuates according to daily rhythms, which

can vary from person to person, but in general we have more energy in the

morning and wind down toward the evening. If you are feeling a constant drag on

your day, you might have chronic low energy. For most, low energy doesn’t

happen overnight but sneaks up on you over time. Luckily, this is completely


Causes Of Low Energy

The foremost cause of low energy is stress. Coping with

stress requires a lot of energy, leaving the average person completely drained.

Poor diet is another contributing factor. Instead of eating foods that provide

sustained energy, most people eat far too much food that supplies a rapid burst

of energy in the form of simple sugars that quickly burn out, leaving the body

depleted. Another factor is lack of exercise. Exercise helps us deal with daily

stress, but without it, the body is rapidly depleted of vital energy.

Energy: The Chinese Medical View

Energy equals quality of

life. In Chinese medicine, qi (pronounced “chee”) refers to life force. The

level and quality of a person’s qi redefines how he or she feels. Chinese

medicine recognized the concept of vital energy thousands of years ago and has developed

a full understanding of the essential functions and role of qi in health and

wellness. Chinese medicine has produced effective ways to bolster energy,

making use of acupressure, exercise, superfoods, herbs, and dietary supplements

that help you tap into the energy within your being.

Energize With Breakfast

You are what you eat, but also when you eat. The human

body follows a circadian rhythm, and because of this cycle, the foods eaten at

breakfast and lunch are processed differently than the same foods when eaten

later. Start the day right with a breakfast that gives you the energy you need

to function all day long. Studies have shown that when you eat your daily

protein and fat at breakfast, you tend to lose weight and have more energy;

however, eating the same things at dinner tends to increase tendencies toward

weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Up Your Energy With Refreshing Scents

You can change the air you breathe into a remedy for

fatigue. Research has shown that when you stimulate the olfactory nerves inside

your nose, you activate the limbic system of your brain that is associated with

moods. This concept is instrumental to aromatherapy, the tradition that makes

use of the healing powers or strongly scented plants. Studies show that the

citrus scents – grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange – can lift your mood and

increase your energy. Other energizing aromas include orange bergamot, herbs

such as basil and rosemary, lemon balm, sandalwood, and peppermint.

Supplement Your Energy

Every time your body produces energy, your cells’

mitochondria, that are like tiny power generators, need magnesium. Many people

don’t get enough of this essential mineral because two common dietary habits

leach magnesium from our bodies: using too much salt and eating too much dairy.

You can get your fill of magnesium from whole grains and a variety of nuts and

seeds. If you prefer capsule form, try taking 500 mg of magnesium daily with

vitamins B3, B6, and B12, which are also essential for energy.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, best known as Dr. Mao is a

bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and board certified anti-aging

expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and

contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.  Dr. Mao practices

acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of

Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena. Dr. Mao and his brother,

Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition

to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.  To make an appointment

for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or you can email Dr. Mao

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