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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Feeling A Bit Droopy?

The holidays have a way of making us feel tired. From all the running and rushing around, planning, cooking, visiting etc...

Here are a couple of tips that can help:

1. Drink Green Tea. Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is considered to be a nevous system stimulant due to the caffeine enhancing our mental and physical performance. Green Tea only has 30 mg of caffeine per cup, which is less than coffee at 100-150 mg per cup and black tea at 40-60 mg per cup. This enables people who are sensistive to caffeine to tolerate green tea.

Tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that signals the brain to increase alertness, but also at the same time, leaves you with a feeling of tranquility.

Drinking Green Tea also has additional health benefits by providing antioxidants that protect you from heart disease, cancer, helps to burn fat and diabetes.

2. For Brain Power, try Eleuthero. This is not a true form of ginsing, but this herb is believed to enhance mental and physcial performance and improve the body's resisitance to environmental stresses. Researchers have shown that eleuthero may be more effective than Gingko Biloba for improving cognitive function in middle age.

3. To beat Stress: Ginseng Root. The compounds in ginseng root called ginsenosides, appear to moderate stress related hormones. Ginsend preserves and improves energey levels.

When you are feeling fatigued, try to maximize eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds and minimize your intake of fat in meat/ dairy products and fried foods.
Remember to exercise, eat smaller meals to maintain blood sugar levels and use stress reduction and relaxation methods such as: yoga, tai chi or meditation.

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