Top 5 health tips from greens+ guru Graci

- September 8th, 2011
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Sam Graci is slated to give a free lecture at 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 15 at St. Albert's Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr. (Photo by Cary Castagna)

With exactly a week to go until the great Sam Graci graces Alberta with his presence, here’s a timely press release with some helpful advice from the greens+ guru.

Boundless Energy, Brilliant Mind, Fit For Life

Simple, Proven, Effective strategies for achieving optimum wellness in today’s tough economic times

Everyone that meets Sam Graci relishes his high energy, effervescent personality. We all know people like Sam – people that can work long hours, volunteer on committees, exercise regularly and have quality family time. Yet, over 70% of us say that a lack of energy is interfering with our daily activities. Is there a secret to having sustained energy?

“Fatigue is most often the result of unprecedented levels of stress, poor dietary choices, inefficient sleep or lack of exercise,” says Graci “So if you’re trying to get your energy levels back up, realize it is going to take some change.”

The stress families are facing with all the economic doom and gloom is another factor in fatigue. If there was ever a time to take care of ourselves, it is now, says Sam. Here are Sam’s top five tips:

1. What goes in affects what you’re able to put out

• Your body is 68% water so make sure to stay hydrated. A simple glass of water can do wonders for a tired mind. The goal is to drink a minimum of six to eight 250mL glasses of water (through a straw if possible). Try to drink your water throughout the course of the day.

• Protein is 1/5th of our body weight. Make sure that you eat some lean protein (30g or so) at each of your three meals. If you can’t manage that, drink a protein shake containing high alpha-lactalbumin whey protein.

• Eight to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables from a variety of sources. We need the fibre, phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals to fuel our bodies. A landmark University of Toronto study showed that people that took greens+, the phytonutrient equivalent to six organic salads, had increased energy and vitality for life.

2. Eat often and don’t skip breakfast

Our bodies need fuel every couple of hours. Plan to have three meals and three snacks a day. That includes a high protein, nutrient-dense breakfast — for example, eggs, whole grain toast and some fruit, will give you sustained energy. There are solutions for those of us too busy to make a healthy breakfast – look for a meal replacement shake that contains balanced nutrition without added sweeteners, colour or preservatives.

3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day

Whether it is walking, running or skipping with the kids, get moving and you’ll instantly have more energy. Aim for 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise along with 15 minutes of weights and 15 minutes of stretching. Have fun, whatever you decide to do.

4. Routine

Rise at the same time every day, including weekends. Eat your meals at roughly the same time every day. And go to bed at the same time every day. Our bodies crave routine and function at optimal levels when they know how and when to be on and off.

5. Indulge in a healthy energy boost

Still need an energy boost? Don’t be fooled by many of the energy drinks on the market. Read the ingredient list to determine what is going to give you energy. Sugar and synthetic caffeine? Say no, both will only give a temporary boost followed by a crash. Instead choose natural sources of caffeine like gotu kola and kola nut. Research shows they are tonics to the nervous system. They offer a non-stimulating burst of mental and physical energy without the downsides of other caffeine sources (JAMA 1999 Nov 24, 282(20:1898 “Therapeutics of kola” Yarborugh, cc.)

Other ingredients to look for include taurine, B6, glycine and tyrosine that extend the energy boost. These ingredients, along with herbs like rhodiola and astragalus also aid recovery.

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