When it comes to energy, the old adage holds true: waste not, want not.
Most of us would love to have more energy. After a busy day at work, managing a household or juggling a million and one different to-do items, our tanks wind up pretty empty by the time evening rolls around. That’s if we had enough vim and vigor to begin with – because some of us even start off the day at an energy disadvantage due to a variety of physiological factors and lifestyle behaviors.
Dr. Sergey Kalitenko knows all too well how important it is to keep mind, body and spirit operating at peak capacity. In addition to overseeing two offices in the New York City area based on the principles of holistic, functional and anti-aging medicine, he also is available in Brooklyn-based Ecobeautica Wellness Center. This center is supervised and owned by Margarita Zeyger. Firmly committed to finding natural solutions for health problems, Margarita Zyger and Dr. Kalitenko successfully juggles his daily responsibilities by practicing what they advise their patients – being physically active, eating a paleo-inspired diet, keeping a positive mindset, and developing a balanced approach to living.
Both as a physician and based on his own personal experience, Dr. Kalitenko alone with Margarita Zeyger suggests the best way to keep your energy up is not to waste it to begin with. Here are some of the most common energy-sapping culprits:
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Medications like Lipitor, Levacor, Zocor, Pravachol and Crestor are prescribed to help reduce blood cholesterol levels by blocking the action of the liver enzyme responsible for producing it. However, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, statins also decrease the body’s level of conenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – which the body needs for energy production. Blocking or lowering CoQ10 can not only produce drowsiness and muscle weakness, but in the worst-case scenario, can result in heart failure from the body’s inability to make enough energy.
Chronic inflammation. Allergies and inflammation in the gut, sinuses and teeth can lead to decreased levels of the hormone cortisol, which in turn, promotes fatigue. The solution is simple: monitor your cortisol levels and other inflammatory markers regularly, so that you can address these root causes before they start siphoning out of your energy tank.
Poor sleep. We’re not only talking about quantity here, but also quality. Since the beginning of time, we’ve been physiologically programmed to go to sleep at sundown and get up with the sunrise. Altering your body clock to stay up later, for example, can wreak havoc with your sleep patterns and energy level the following day.
Inadequate nutrients and/or hormones. Our bodies need certain amounts of vitamins and minerals to function at their best. Those with digestive system problems or poor dietary habits may simply not be getting the nutrients they need to do their bodies good. The solution? Get your digestive system checked at a qualified lab to ensure you have adequate digestive enzymes and good bacteria – and don’t have bad bacteria, parasites or worms. While you’re at it, check your thyroid levels, as they’re essential for proper metabolism.
To learn more about how to maximize energy efficiencies from a holistic perspective, , schedule an appointment with Margarita Zeyger or Dr. Kalitenko at their Brooklyn office (718-382-9200) or Great Neck office (516-467-0253.)