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Tired? 4 simple ways to boost energy
- By: Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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My younger brother(An Oncologist) says that I shuffle when I am near the end of my game(9 holes of golf ) where I have walked. I am 73. I do not believe that I shuffle. Can there be any truth to what he says. He is around 70. I know of only Parkinsons where people shuffle & have a pin rolling movemnet of their hands. I had a case like this for my major many moons ago when I finished my MD in Bangalore, India. I do not “pin roll” with my fingers.
I do feel rather tired, most of the time, after shingles the winter of 2017
great advice, thanks.
These are more questions than comments (would much appreciate your response Matthew!):
1) My mitochondrial DNA goes back to a woman who lived 8500 years ago, and 3000 years ago it was carried from the Central Asian Altay Mountains westward into Europe. Let’s say that my mitochondria is not optimal in delivering energy to my body (I have wondered), did all these DNA woman ancestors of mine me have the same issue, was their energy delivery system the SAME because they had the same mitochondrial DNA?
2) You don’t talk about low blood pressure (no one does, and mine is very low!) as an issue with energy level. I once had a physician explain to me that folks with low blood pressure need more rest, and deal with other unique issues like sensitivity to temperature extremes. Low blood pressure is a blessing for many reasons, but I think it makes me quite sluggish.
My problem is periodic bouts of insomnia. I may have a good nights sleep and feel great next day. But this is often followed by a night of poor or sometimes no sleep. Exercise is a problem because of age and pain from spine surgery. The more I exercise, the worse the pain.
My fatigue was caused by sleep apnea… although it took a while to diagnose. Was told to do a sleep study, which confirmed. Now I use a CPAP and I feel so much better.
I am very tired of being told I need 2,3, or 4 quarts of water a day. This is a health myth, started in the late 1970’s with misinterpretation of some dietary guidelines that came out of Dartmouth. The guideline said “people need about 2 liters (~2 quarts) of water a day, and most of that can be obtained from food.” The last phrase was truncated, and now we have this persistent myth about 2+ quarts of water.
One reference here; there are many more, if you search.
“Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.” Really? Is there scientific evidence for “8 × 8”? Heinz Valtin,
American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology Published 1 November 2002 Vol. 283 no. 5, R993-R1004 DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00365.2002
I have tried all of these four tips, but uptil now i am not successful, can you guide how many days or months should i keep on?
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