Everyday Energy Zappers

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Everyday Energy Zappers

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Everyday Energy Zappers

Wedding Stress: You're low in magnesium

"Your body needs this mineral to help convert food into energy," says Tara Gidus, R.D., a nutrition consultant in Orlando, Florida. In fact, one study from the Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, found that women who were deficient in magnesium used more oxygen during physical tasks than those with adequate levels. Unfortunately, 65 percent of women fall short of the recommended daily allowance of 320 milligrams.v

De-stress Yourself

Meet your quota with foods high in magnesium, such as spinach (160 milligrams per cup, cooked), pumpkin seeds (151 milligrams per ounce), white beans (113 milligrams per cup, cooked), Brazil nuts (107 milligrams per ounce), and halibut (91 milligrams for 3 ounces).

Wedding Stress: You're in a slump

"When you hunch over, your chest collapses and your lungs compress, reducing the amount of air you take in," says Patrice Winter, a physical therapist in Fairfax, Virginia. "As a result, less oxygen gets to the brain, leaving you fuzzy-headed." Slouching also strains muscles in the neck and upper back, sapping your stamina. "For every inch you lean forward, it takes about twice as much physical effort to hold up your head," explains Winter.

De-stress Yourself

Having strong core muscles can help support your spine, so incorporate strengthening moves, such as slow crunches, planks, and push-ups, into your workout. "Then check your posture every few hours throughout the day," says Janice Novak, author of Posture, Get It Straight! Make sure your shoulders, ears, and hips are aligned. "Over time," she says, "this posture will become more comfortable and natural for you."

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