Dr. Thomas gives eight tips for better mood and energy

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Kenneth Thomas, MD, of Thomas Urology Clinic in Starkville gave eight tips to improve mood and energy during the Rotary Club program on Thursday.

Thomas said around 70 percent of visits to the doctor are related to fatigue.

“Stress is the biggest zapper of energy,” he said.

Thomas said the best was to reduce stress was to try to avoid it altogether, to compartmentalize, to address stress but see it as a challenge or to address it but focus on the positive instead of negative.

Next, Thomas said drinking enough water was crucial to maintain healthy body functions and have enough energy.

According to Thomas, people should drink half of their body weight in ounces daily.

Thomas said getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night is important to improve mood and energy, and less than six hours can be detrimental to longterm health.

He said exercise, sexual activity, a dark room at 69 degrees and no caffeine after midday can help improve sleep quality.

Thomas said regular exercise is the most helpful in improving energy, and it is most beneficial in the morning.

“It is going to be a little painful to be beneficial,” he said.

Next, Thomas said caffeine is healthy up to a certain amount, such as a 16 ounce cup of coffee in the morning.

He said coffee was healthier than soft drinks or energy drinks.

Thomas said nutrition was also a factor in improving mood and energy.

According to Thomas, a diet low in sugar and fat reduces inflammation and insulin spikes, and a diet high in protein in vegetables is best.

He said hormone levels in men and women affect overall health, and a doctor can determine if a person’s hormone levels are healthy.

Lastly, Thomas said time management can help improve a person’s energy and mood.

“Shedule your priorities rather than prioritize your schedule,” he said.

Thomas said it is important for everyone to make time to spend time with loved ones, get enough sleep and have a quiet time every day.