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Dr. Erika Schwartz
Dr. Erika Schwartz is a leading national expert in wellness, disease prevention, and bioidentical hormone therapies. Dr. Schwartz has written four best-selling books, testified before Congress, hosted her own PBS special on bioidentical hormones, and is a frequent guest on network TV shows.


Renew Your Energy Right Now

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:08 AM EDT

If you could wave a magic wand and solve the secret to feeling and looking wonderful at any age, you’d find out there is no secret at all. If you can maintain a strong energy system you will feel great and look amazing your entire life.
All you really need is a continuous source of natural energy, and you’ve got the ultimate form of preventive medicine: by bolstering the energy system you help bring hormones into balance, limit the negative effects of inflammation, and boost the immune system, thus fortifying the body against the breakdown and debility that allows disease to take hold.
Our body has a finite amount of energy available at one time, sort of like your house’s electricity supply. If the system gets degraded as it ages, then it will work less efficiently. Whereas before you were able to do many things as once — just as your home could operate the air conditioner, hair dryer, microwave, sound system, and three TV sets simultaneously — now you find yourself struggling with just a fraction of the workload.
In your house, a circuit breaker pops, preventing damage to the entire system. You then know you need to call in help to revamp the system or decrease the workload.
Your body has no circuit breakers; instead you just overload. To survive, your body performs a grisly triage, trying to keep the most important systems functional — the basic life functions. Everything else gets starved; your brain gets foggy, your eyelids droop, you crave sugar, stop caring about sex, gain weight, and become sluggish, sleep becomes a nightmare, and your moods follow the decline in quality of life.
And that’s what opens the door to diseases and disintegration, to aging. Anyone who has ever driven on New York City streets knows what happens when you defer routine maintenance. In just a little while, all hell breaks loose, and it’s staggeringly expensive to make things right again.
I don’t want this to happen to you, and I know exactly how to make sure it never does.
With a little help from you I will make sure you own what I call the Royal Treatment, which makes it possible for you to go “from tired to terrific,” as you’ll learn when you follow the recommendations in this column.
No matter if you are 30 and just beginning to experience the energy decline, or well into you later decades when you feel the energy crisis acutely, you can make significant improvements in how you feel and look by implementing the Royal Treatment plan we are starting right now.
Research efforts from some of the most distinguished medical and scientific centers in the United States and abroad will help us restore and reenergize ourselves, eliminating many of the hallmarks of aging.
Scientists have seen these amazing results in their laboratories and I apply the information in my practice. I have seen transformations among my patients and myself that never fail to amaze.
Rejuvenating the body’s energy system is the key to maintaining health and vitality, and it can be accomplished through three simple steps:
Step I: Repair. To fix the overloaded system, slow down a bit. Take a day off, go to a spa and get pampered, sleep in, and add 15 minutes of meditation to your day. Take 500 mg of L-carnitine and 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 (I call it the energy pack) every day.
Step II: Recharge. Follow a gentle detoxification diet for three to five days, cut out sugars, caffeine and alcohol for a month, start moving by bringing exercise routinely in your life five days a week (three days with 30 minutes of cardio and two days of weights and stretching).
Step III: Revive. Change your look. A new hair color and do, a make-over at the beauty counter, a bold new red dress.

© HealthDay

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:08 AM
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