Health Center - Alternative Medicine

The complementary and alternative medicine field has come a long way. Natural remedies and healthy solutions are now widely accepted as effective and practical strategies for self-care and prevention. From supplements to massage to integrative therapies, we’re here to help you sort through it all.

Boost Your Energy Naturally

womanDo you feel exhausted before the day is over? Too pooped to play on weekends? Can't even begin to think about exercising or sex, or you run out of gas before working up a sweat?

Women of all ages seem to be suffering from an energy deficit these days.

Work and school demands, children's needs, money pressures, maintaining a household, caring for relatives, sustaining personal relationships, health concerns—it's amazing that any of us can sleep, let alone get the 7.6 sleep hours each night that the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims is clocked by working people ages 25 to 54 who have children. Or maybe you're able to get the eight hours of sleep that's best for most of us, but you still feel worn out.

Dietitian Dina Aronson, MS, RD, believes that fatigue has become the norm for many otherwise healthy women. They've simply accepted feeling tired for months or even years.

Our crammed lives reinforce the normalcy of tiredness. "Chronic stress is one factor that folks overlook," Aronson says. "Many don't realize how important stress is in affecting our energy levels."

Of course, there may be a medical reason for your exhaustion, such as chronic fatigue syndrome or thyroid disorder, so it's important to talk with your health care provider about any severe fatigue.

The majority of women—who don't have such conditions—can take on their low energy and tiredness problems themselves, without using sleep aids or other medications.

Work it out

You may have heard this improbable advice before: Getting more exercise can help you feel more energetic. "Many people think, 'If I'm feeling so fatigued, how am I going to bring myself to exercise?'" says Jessica Matthews, MS, an exercise scientist with the American Council on Exercise.

Yet the research (on real people, not mice) shows this to be true. Part of the reason for this effect comes from what happens when you exercise: your heart pumps more oxygen and nutrients into your bloodstream, your lungs and cardiovascular system work better and you feel more energetic.