How To Identify the Reasons You Don't Feel Energized

Coffee, energy drinks, and foods that claim to increase your energy are everywhere for a reason. We have become a society of people who must hustle and always be productive to the point of burnout. We crave more energy to simply get through the day.

Women, you know all about stress. You have the physical energy of lifting kids into car seats, go to work, the stress pregnancy and monthly hormonal changes add to your body. Then there’s the mental energy in taking care of your family, work, and your to-do list.


These two forms, mental and physical energy, need to be refilled daily.

The mitochondria are our powerhouses of Energy. They produce energy and many factors influence our energy levels. The balance of all the hormones is definitely a key, in particular the Thyroid, Adrenal and Testosterone hormones.

My philosophy in practice has always been to find the root cause of the problem and a solution for the same. Nutrient deficiency has become very prevalent since the soil where our food grows is depleted of all the nutrients that it once had many years ago. On the other hand, we have made bad food choices like eating processed foods which comes in boxes and cans and have moved away from eating the “Real Foods”. The addition of pesticides in our foods is another big topic all together. Bottom line is that we lack essential nutrients which negatively affect our energy.


Spectracell’s Micronutient Testing has been a wonderful functional testing method to assess for these nutrient deficiencies. It is performed by a simple blood draw and provides a comprehensive report checking all the B- vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidant levels and more.


Remember, your health relates back to your gut.

Food is energy, so making sure you make healthy food choices is vital. The food choices you make and how often you eat will directly impact your energy. Eat balanced meals that provide all the three macronutrients, good carbs from multi-colored veggies and fruits, healthy fats like avocados, nuts and coconut oil, and a lean protein. Eating five to six small meals a day keeps one’s metabolism and energy levels up, unlike choosing an energy drink to kill your appetite, which not only gives you short bursts of energy but will eventually lead to adrenal fatigue if you start depending on them.


Your energy depends on how good your sleep is at night. Do you wake up rested or do you need a cup of coffee to get you going? Are you dragging during the day and wired-up at night? If you have any of these symptoms, definitely consider doing a hormone panel, including a complete thyroid and adrenal panel. The saliva-based comprehensive adrenal test is called Adrenal Stress Index.


Consider heavy metal testing.

Knowing the toxins or metals in you may help to decide if they are causing a depletion of your energy levels by unbalancing your hormones, thus affecting your thyroid.


Regular exercising keeps your energy levels up.

There is no excuse for not having time to exercise. There are so many options to choose from, like jogging at your neighborhood park, taking a yoga class, joining a gym, and if you cannot find even twice a week to commit to this, then follow some YouTube videos in the comfort of your home.

Women and men nearing their forties begin to complain of low energy. At this point in life, make sure that you check your testosterone hormone levels. Yes, it is as important in women as it is in men. Testosterone deficiency is directly related to the drop in your energy.

Mental energy is vital to your overall health as well. Since stress affects your thyroid and adrenals, it is important to learn how to cope with your stress in order to preserve your energy. A little reminder: A good place to start to relieve the worries in your mind is by practicing meditation, mason jar gratitude notes, journaling, and walking or jogging out in nature.


At my office, we recommend weekly “Energy Booster Shots” to our patients. It is a perfect mix of B-vitamins, MIC- which is an amino acid combination that works as a fat burner, chromium that helps metabolize sugars, AMP which converts to ATP (our energy building block).


You can be an energetic person well into old age. I have many patients who are in their eighties and have the energy of someone much younger. It’s possible for you too.



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ABOUT DR. MEL SCHOTTENSTEIN

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Mel studied Women, Gender, Sexuality, and History of Science and Medicine at Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. Interested in learning skills of medical mediation and to promote cultural competency amongst health care providers, she completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, Dr. Mel acquired a Naturopathic Medical Degree at Bastyr University in WA. While in school, she received additional training in Biological Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland. Dr. Mel completed training in Regenerative Medicine, Integrative Oncology, Medical Aesthetics, BHRT, Neural therapy, Biofeedback, Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine, Environmental Medicine, and IV Therapy.


Post-graduation, Dr. Mel entered a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program as well as a Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine. She received training in Medical Aesthetics from the National Laser Institute and became certified as a Wahls Protocol Health Professional (The only certified provider in AZ). Dr. Mel completed the post-graduate certification as a Swiss Biological Medicine Provider from the Swiss Biological Medicine organization. Her training at Swiss Biomed concluded with a one-on-one internship with Dr. Thomas Rau in Switzerland. While in Europe, Dr. Mel received training in the use of the Weber Endolaser for intraarticular/ intravenous/ interstitial/topical applications directly from the inventor, and founder of ISLA, Dr. Michael Weber. In addition, Dr. Mel studied PRGF-Endoret therapies at the Biotechnology Institute (BTI) in Bilbao, Spain, where PRGF was developed and patented by Dr. Eduardo Anitua, who was the founder of BTI.


Dr. Mel received additional training in PRP at the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics and became certified in all Vampire Therapies. She recently completed the Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship from the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). She is currently completing the A4M Stem Cell Therapy Fellowship and Peptide Therapy Certification.

Lastly, Dr. Mel has personal experience with her own health concerns, in that she has treated herself, which has resulted in the elimination of all medications. Today, Dr. Mel is able to mountain bike, hike and travel the world in pursuit of her passion for learning the latest innovations in medical theory and clinical practice, and mineral and fossil collecting.

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