With the hustle and bustle of today’s society, it’s inevitable that many people experience increasing amounts of stress, low energy and fatigue, lack of motivation, and in some situations, even depression. The business of life often times poses a challenge for people to eat healthy and exercise, both of which help reduce stress, increase energy, and also help maintain a healthy body.
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, there are two boosting energy tips that I share with patients, family and friends, in order to help reduce stress, reduce body fat, diminish fatigue, and reduce the risk for depression. One way is juicing in the morning. Many people ask the question, “Why not just eat the vegetables and fruit, instead of juicing?” And the answer to that question is, we don’t eat enough vegetables and fruit, which is why juicing is so beneficial in that it provides a way in which you can consume all of the vitamins and nutrients from plant based foods that will help increase your energy to start the day. These types of food can include beets, carrots, celery, cilantro, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, parsley, grapefruit, granny smith apples, and oranges. A balanced amount of vegetables and fruits will give you that energy kick for the day!
Take a brisk walk! Often times people make the excuse of, “I don’t have a gym membership anywhere, so I don’t know how or when I can work out.” Well the truth of the matter is, you don’t need money to work out. Simply throwing on a pair of gym shoes or comfortable walking shoes and some clothes to walk in from home, is all you need. A thirty to forty-five minute brisk walk will help increase energy, decrease fatigue, and help promote a healthy body.
A glass of vegetable juice and a brisk walk outside will help boost your energy to start the day, and ultimately help promote a healthy lifestyle change which will reduce stress. With these boosting energy tips, you will have the ability to manage stress more efficiently, think clearly, and feel more energized to accomplish your set tasks and goals for the day!
Danielle Pierre recently graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Pierre was awarded the Beatrice Schulz Award, given to the student demonstrating “good moral character,& excellent ethical & clinical practice during clinical rotations.” Now a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and a licensed therapist practicing in the state of Nevada, Danielle was first inspired to become a doctor as a teenager. After witnessing her once strong and independent grandmother, become paralyzed after suffering from a stroke, she spent countless days in the hospital, during her rehabilitation in therapy, observing how she was regaining her strength, independence, and sense of hope. From that moment, Danielle knew that one day, she would impact the lives of others through medicine.
Dr. Pierre’s passion for helping others, not only exists locally, but has expanded globally, especially after serving overseas in the Dominican Republican in 2008, and also in Haiti in 2009, and 2011. Experiencing and witnessing the lack of access to quality healthcare, food, and shelter, she came away with an even more profound awareness for health and economic disparities that not only exist in the United States, but abroad-especially among African-Americans and the Diaspora. Her involvement in the United States and other countries motivated her to create “Be The Cure,” to encourage youth, especially African-Americans, to pursue careers in the medical field to help address health and economic disparities. Dr. Pierre’s experiences in the medical field has shown her how the skills of just a few skilled individuals can impact and transform the lives of countless others. Together, by inspiring our youth to impact the lives of people in despair, they will ultimately be the cure to malnutrition, be the cure to poverty, and be the cure to disease.
For more information about “Be The Cure” visit www.BeTheCure.us