ALTRUM Focus Newsletter Volume 10 Issue 8
The Checkered Flag

In this Issue:

  1. Tips to Boost Energy
  2. September ALTRUM News - Multiple Factors Determine Prostate Health

Tips to Boost Energy

Everyone is familiar with all-out energy drain — that exhausted feeling when no matter how interesting something sounds, you just can’t work up the energy to go.

What can be harder to recognize is a low-grade energy drain. You may not feel the classic signs of exhaustion — achy muscles or that all-over tired feeling. What you do experience is an increasing lack of get-up-and-go for many of the activities you once loved.

"You may also find it harder to concentrate on tasks, and, eventually, you can also find your patience grows short and your level of frustration rises, even when confronted with seemingly simple challenges," according to New York University nutritionist Samantha Heller, MS, RD.

An article published on the WebMD website offers several tips for how to boost energy.

Increase Magnesium and Vitamin B Intake

Eating a balanced diet can help ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are met. However, ongoing lack of energy can be a sign of a magnesium deficiency, according to Heller.

"This mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including breaking down glucose into energy," Heller said. "So when levels are even a little low, energy can drop."

In a study done at the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D., women with magnesium deficiencies had higher heart rates and required more oxygen to do physical tasks than they did after their magnesium levels were restored.

The recommended daily intake of magnesium is around 300 milligrams for women and 350 milligrams for men.

Some magnesium-rich foods include almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, whole grains, particularly bran cereal and fish.

Research shows that B vitamins such as vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, thiamine and niacin support the energy metabolism process,” according to Andrew Shao, PhD, from the Council for Responsible Nutrition. B vitamins affect how the body processes the nutrients we eat and how it converts them into energy.

Increase Activity

It might seem counter-productive to do more when you feel exhausted, but experts say increasing activity, especially by walking, will help increase energy. Research results from California State University showed a brisk 10-minute walk not only increased energy, but the effects lasted up to two hours. And when the daily 10-minute walks continued for three weeks, overall energy levels and mood were lifted.

Take a Power Nap

Research has shown that both information overload and pushing our brains too hard can zap energy. But studies by the National Institutes of Mental Health found that a 60-minute “power nap” can not only reverse the mind-numbing effects of information overload, it may also help us to better retain what we have learned.

Don't Skip Meals

Studies show that folks who eat breakfast report being in a better mood and have more energy throughout the day. Studies published in the journal Nutritional Health found that missing any meal during the day led to an overall greater feeling of fatigue by day’s end.

Reduce Stress and Deal With Anger

One of the biggest energy zappers is stress, according to psychologist Paul Baard, PhD. Stress can leave you mentally and physically exhausted, as can worry or fear. Chronic low levels of stress erode energy levels, so over time you find yourself doing less and feeling it more. Likewise, unexpressed anger can drain energy because it takes so much energy to contain the angry feelings, according to Baard.

The effects of these energy-killers can be lessened by programming more relaxation activities into our day. Some people increase exercise to burn off the chemical effects of stress and anger, while others find relief in quiet pursuits such as listening to music, reading or talking on the phone.

Multiple Factors Determine Prostate Health

Every man at some point in his life could experience prostate problems. The most common prostate problem, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a noncancerous (benign) enlargement of the prostate gland. Learn some of the factors that can determine prostate health and what you can do to help keep your prostate healthy in the September issue.

Stress Management System

Loaded with B-complex, Vitamin C and Zinc

During times of high stress, the body needs additional amounts of specific nutrients. In fact, many problems that arise from stress result from nutritional deficiencies. Stress first affects parts of the body related to the nervous system such as the digestive and intestinal systems.

Stress Management System contains B-complex vitamins that are needed for proper nervous system function. This formula also contains nutrients important for the production of anti-stress hormones and immune system function and the use of B-complex vitamins such as vitamin C, zinc, choline and inositol. These B-complex vitamins also are coenzymes involved in energy production and may be useful in fighting depression or anxiety.

For best results, use Stress Management System along with a healthy, well-balanced diet and one of the ALTRUM Multi formulas.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Please check with your physician when using prescription medication in combination with food supplements.

ALTRUM News brings you the most recent information on ALTRUM nutritional supplements and how nutrition helps maintain youthful vigor, health and mobility — plus much more. 

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