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How Not to be Completely Exhausted

Posted Jun 18 2008 6:08pm
Someone asked about boosting energy when you have lupus (SLE).

I've tried many things over the 16 years of having

this lupus follow me around (and sit on me like a

hippo). Really, these tips apply to anyone, even healthy people.

Here are some things i've done:



1- know when to quit. when i feel good, i tend to

overdo it (start cleaning up all the piles in the

house, and keep going forever til i drop), then end up

in bed for several days.



2-take as little painkiller as is effective. if i can

take 1/4 or 1/2 or a percaset for pain, i'll be less

groggy/ draggy.



3- drink less caffeine (yes you're more tired for the

first few days, but it makes your energy fluctuate big

time, then makes it hard to sleep). i've given up on

eliminating it completely, but i just have 1 glass of

green tea when i get up, and that's it.



4- eat less sugar. also sends your energy all over the

place. i have come to like stevia (acquired taste) adn

xylitol (nicer taste), both natural plant derivatives

with no calories. i was on a candida (anti-yeast) diet

for 1.5 years, and i felt amazing. then i fell off the

wagon... right now i'm doing the "fat smash diet" from

celebrity fit club, which i did last year, adn the

first phase is eating nothing but whole foods- fruit,

veggies, yogurt, oatmeal.



5- learn to meditate, if only for 5 minutes a day.

thinking takes energy.



6- find a good acupuncturist to restore your Chi (life

force/ energy). this has been really effective f or

me. ask around for a good one, or look for one who is

chinese-trained and also does herbs. even if you never

do herbs (i don't take chinese herbs), it says a lot

about their training.



7- Chi gong is suppose to be incredibly effective as a

self-help energy thing.



8- in 94 and 02 i had a series of chelation treatments

to remove the heavy metals in my system and i felt

like wonder woman.



9-exercise. the trick to this is to do enough to get

your heart rate up, but don't work so hard that you

set yourself back (see #1, know when to quit). a

reasonable amount of exercise (20-30 minutes on the

treadmill, or outside if you're in a decent climate, 5

days a week, for example. you can start with 10 if 20

is too much, and work your way up over time).



10- take digestive enzymes to help you break down your

food and get the nutrients from it. Udo's brand is

very popular. you can get at a health food store or

cheaper at vitacost.com



11- take 1 tbsp of pure, mercury free fish or flax oil

daily. this helps with mood and inflammation.

Barlean's is very popular and recommended to me by an

MD. vitacost or health food store.



that's all i can think of for now...
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