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Can Functional Medicine Boost Your Energy?
Functional medicine is a system that looks at the patient as a whole while attempting to prevent diseases and find their underlying causes. This field sometimes contrasts with conventional medicine, which tends to focus on the disease rather than the patient holistically.
While both types of medicine have their benefits, the functional system is particularly good for those who have not received good answers from the conventional school of thought, or who are tired of trying traditional medicines that often come with cumbersome side effects. But how can functional medicine boost your energy levels?
By Encouraging Exercise
Functional medicine involves ensuring that each system of the body is operating well and in harmony with each other. One way to help make sure this is happening is to get enough physical exercise each day. This can include high-intensity workouts like running or playing basketball, or low-intensity activities like walking or even doing housework. It might seem like an anomaly, since exercise initially causes you to feel tired, but regular exercise actually boosts your energy over time. In addition, exercise helps improve the quality of your sleep, allowing you to be even more active and aware during the day.
By Promoting Rest and Relaxation
Along with taking time to move, it is equally important to take time to rest and relax. Restorative practices can include activities such as:
- Taking a nap to feel more rested
- Relaxing in a warm bathtub with a bath bomb or some essential oils
- Sitting out in the sun and enjoying the sounds of small animals
- Meditating to some soft music or silence
- Getting a professional neck and back massage
Making sure to relax when you need to is a big step in the process of feeling more energetic.
By Supporting Healthy Eating Habits
Food is what fuels you and enables you to do all the other things you need to do. Consuming foods that are high in nutrients helps your body perform at its peak levels. Healthy food includes items such as:
- Leafy green vegetables, like spinach and kale
- Lean meats, such as chicken and fish that are high in essential fatty acids
- Beans and legumes, like chickpeas, kidney beans, soybeans, and pinto beans
In addition to eating healthily, make sure that you consume enough water each day, particularly if you are very active.
If you need direction in your functional health journey, contact Holistic Vitality Center online or call (919) 848-3333 today to discuss how we can help you get on the path to healthy living.