Stop Feeling Tired – Do These Things to Boost Your Energy

Let’s admit, not many of us would say we have all the energy we want.  While we may not have endless amounts of energy like a 3 year old running around and bouncing off walls we can do specific things that will help our bodies feel more alive and energized throughout the day.  Here are some great tips on giving your energy levels a kickstart.

  1. Exercise, exercise, exercise!  You don’t have to hit the gym for 2 hours every day to achieve a healthy exercise level.   Studies have shown that a brisk 10 minute walk can boost your energy for up to 2 hours afterwards and longer if done every day the window of energy increases.  Not only does it help your energy level but it helps you be in a better mood.  Get out and walk!
  2. Take a nap.  O.k. I understand with busy schedules this may not be possible.  If you can’t take a nap then make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  Nothing can make you feel more tired than not getting enough sleep.
  3. Eat Breakfast.  Yes, your mother was right.  Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  Your body needs fuel to start the day.  Don’t deny your body a chance to get off to a good start.
  4. Drinking water.  What?  Yes, Water.  Even a slight dehydration can make your body feel fatigued.  Also, thirst can often be associated with hunger.  Drinking the water will not only help you feel more awake but it helps you feel full.
  5. Healthy snacks – Don’t just eat 3 meals per day.  Space out your eating by eating smaller meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner and then eat a couple of healthy snacks in between.  This will keep your engine running all day.  Preferably eat a piece of fruit paired with some protein like cheese or nuts.
  6. Cut back on the drinks.  Alcohol will zap you quicker than anything.  There’s nothing wrong with a glass of wine at night but don’t be throwing back drinks.  Alcohol will dehydrate you faster than anything.
  7. Drink a cup of coffee.  The original energy drink.  Coffee will help you get your engines running.  Stay away from the heavy cream and sugar.  If you can’t stand black then use a little milk.

There you go.  7 tips to boost your energy.  One for every day of the week.  Start with one and add one each day.  By the end of the week you’ll be zipping along like you were a teenager again!

If you need help with a medical problem and live in or around Nashville, TN or Madison, TN feel free to call our office or book an appointment online.

Here’s To Your Health

Dr. K Bennett


How Unemployment Affects Your Health

I recently read about a link between unemployment and heart attacks.  I never thought about the psychological effect not having a job could have on your heart.  It does kind of make sense though if you think about it.  Here’s what the study had to say

I recently read about a link between unemployment and heart attacks.  I never thought about the psychological effect not having a job could have on your heart.  It does kind of make sense though if you think about it.  Here’s what the study had to say

Researchers found that the first year of unemployment provided the greatest risk, and if the person was laid off more than once their risk increased.  This study looked at almost 14,000 people, ages 51-75 over an 18 year period.  About 70% of the participants were unemployed at some point during the study, either through quitting their job or being laid off.  During this study period approximately 8% of the participants had a heart attack.  The numbers that really stood out were the people that lost four or more jobs were 63% more likely to have a heart attack than people who had not lost a job.  If they lost only one job then they were 22% more likely to have a heart attack.

Race and gender didn’t really matter when it came to risk.  Both genders and all races were pretty much equal in the study.  What the researchers believe to be the smoking gun is cortisol.  Cortisol is a stress hormone that seems to be highly present in situations like unemployment.  Financial uncertainty and heightened anxiety definitely contribute to this hormone being present.

Other factors with unemployment were lifestyle behaviors.  Unemployed people tend to smoke, drink too much, eat unhealthy foods, and not exercise; all contributors to an unhealthy heart.  Often times being unemployed can create a downward spiraling effect both physically and emotionally.

Having a job gives us a sense of purpose here on earth.  Having that responsibility allows us to plug into society and reap the benefits of our work.  Many people dream of not having a job to go to, but deep down we all desire to be good at doing something.  I think it’s this deep down desire that keeps our health and mind in sync when we carry it out on a daily basis.  In today’s economy of high unemployment we need to be alert when it comes to our health and factors that could put us at risk.

If you need an overall check up from a doctor in Madison, TN feel free to contact our office or book an appointment online.

Here’s to Your Health

Dr. K Bennett


What You Need to Know About Energy Drinks

I posted an article recently on our Facebook page about the dangers of energy drinks.  Since then it has come to light that several deaths and many illnesses have been associated with these highly popular drinks.  Let’s take a look at some of the dangers of these drinks.

In every convenience store, grocery store, and gas station in America we see the colorful and heavily marketed energy drinks.  But what else should we know about them……?   The energy drink “5 Hour Energy” has been linked to 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations as well as 92 other reports of people becoming sick after using the product.  5 Hour Energy sells their product as a nutritional supplement, therefore they have to report such findings to the FDA.  Keep in mind that these reports don’t prove that the deaths and sicknesses are definitively caused by the drinks.  There is a investigative process that must take place in order to get the clear picture.  However these reports do make us stop and pause about what is going on.

Another popular brand “Monster Energy” also had deaths linked to their product.  Five deaths and scores of others needing emergency medical attention.

So what is causing the problems?

One thought is the caffeine levels in these drinks are so much that people don’t realize they shouldn’t drink multiple drinks per day.  5 Hour Energy has about 215 milligrams of caffeine whereas an 8 oz cup of coffee has anywhere from 100 – 165 milligrams of coffee.  A maximum recommended dose for healthy adults is 400 milligrams per day.   Depending on the person, taking on too much caffeine could result in unstable heart rhythm and or seizures.

The lesson here is to be cautious about everything you eat and drink.  Maintaining a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables along with dedicated sleep of 7-8 hours per night, paired with daily exercise is the best way to boost your energy levels.  Many food and drink manufacturers chase the almighty dollar and a lot of times we as consumers are caught in the crossfire.  Don’t accept testimonies and reports from crafty marketing claims by these companies.  Do your own research and consult with a professional doctor in order to determine what is the best path for your health.

If you need to consult with a family doctor in Nashville, TN, give our office a call or visit us online to book an appointment.

Here’s to Your Health

Dr. K Bennett


What Does the Presidential Election Mean For Your Healthcare?

As the nation watched and waited on pins and needles the election returns, many were disappointed while slightly more were filled with joy.  No matter which way you voted or how you feel about our current President, we all will be under the same healthcare system moving forward.  Now is the time to educate yourself on the coming changes and how that affects you and your family.

You may remember that President Obama passed historic health reform in his first term.  This law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, guarantees that all American will have the ability to get affordable health insurance starting in 2014.  During the debates we heard Romney say that he would replace the law if he were elected.  Now that Obama has secured his second term, the path is clear for him to implement this law.

However, the implementation of this law will be a bit tricky.  The two main components are state-run programs for people to buy insurance online with some help from the government and an expanded Medicaid program that will allow more people to qualify.  The problem with these components is that Congress is trying to figure out ways to cut government spending with the upcoming “fiscal cliff” staring us down.  Medicaid will undoubtedly be a big part of these debates in Congress.  Earlier this year the Supreme Court upheld the decision on the health care reform to be constitutional, however, they did say states had the option on whether or not they would expand their Medicaid programs.  Certain states, such as Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas said they would exercise their right to not expand their Medicaid programs.

For the state-run exchanges they must work fast to get their online marketplace ready for business.  The deadline for these exchanges is October 2013.   As of right now (Nov 2012), only 15 states have solid plans in place for their exchanges.

Obviously there is a lot of scrambling, planning, and shuffling of resources to get this health care law in place.  If you are needing affordable healthcare now you should try our medical walk in clinic in Madison, TN.  We have reasonable rates for those without insurance and we take all major insurance including TennCare.

Here’s to your health!

Dr. K Bennett


Organic vs. Non Organic – Which Way To Buy?

Organic vs Non organic.  Cheap vs expensive.  When it comes to feeding a family, trying to be healthy, and staying within a budget one can quickly become overwhelmed.   There are so many choices when it comes to buying food we often get bogged down by the options.

Here are some quick and easy tips when it comes to trying to figure out which organic foods are best for you.

Investigate which fruits and vegetables have high pesticide residue.  Here’s a list of food called the “Dirty Dozen” with these high pesticide residues.

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Sweet bell peppers

4. Peaches

5. Strawberries

6. Imported nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Spinach

9. Lettuce

10. Cucumbers

11. Domestic blueberries

12. Potatoes

If the food has a thick peel then it’s usually void of the non organic pesticides.  These foods include bananas and oranges.  In addition to these here’s a list of foods that have LOW pesticide residue.  This list is often referred to as the “Clean 15”.

1. Onions

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Cabbage

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Mangoes

9. Eggplant

10. Kiwi

11. Domestic cantaloupe

12. Sweet potatoes

13. Grapefruit

14. Watermelon

15. Mushrooms

One way to eat organic without breaking the budget is to buy frozen organic foods.  These are generally less expensive than the fresh organic.  Some examples of frozen organic foods are blueberries, raspberries, and other fruits and vegetables.

The main point is to try and eat several servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day.  If you can’t afford to go organic, eating non organic fruits and vegetables are better than candy and ice cream.

If you need advice on eating healthy or need a family physician in Madison, TN feel free to contact our office or visit us online.

Here’s to your health

Dr. K Bennett