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.