| LINDSEY WILSON
Have you ever wondered about that friend who seems to always have the fuel to do an innumerable amount of things in one day? From work to the pick up line at school, to yoga class, to soccer practice, to preparing dinner, helping with homework, to meal planning, to running their side hustle, to updating social media with a Pinterest-perfect demonstration of some DIY home decor project…. How do they do it all and still have energy to go out on Saturday night, or host a dinner party for their whole friend circle?
No one expects you to do it all. You don’t even expect yourself to do it all. But we’ve all had those moments where we have the motivation to pick up a hobby, or volunteer on the PTO, plan that weekend getaway for you and your sweetie - yet the go, go, go of every day leaves us on “Empty” when our time frees up.
So, how can you squeeze a little extra out of your day without breaking the bank or going way too far out on a crazy limb with some magic, energy-boosting product? We rely on what we already know about the basic biology of our bodies. What is the easiest way to get them operating efficiently and at their highest level?
We’ve put together a list of suggested practices that are easily incorporated into your day. See what simple exchanges you can make that will give you a natural boost of energy to help you do the things you want to do while still completing the things you have to do.
Reduce Your Caffeine Consumption
This might seem counterintuitive because caffeine does in fact increase your energy. However, your body naturally produces a chemical called adenosine, which runs and accumulates all day long, eventually making you grow tired at night1. Caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors in your brain, but your body keeps producing the chemical. When the caffeine wears off, there is a boatload of adenosine waiting to bind to those receptors. The result is a huge energy crash 2.
Still want that boost of energy in the morning? Try switching to matcha! Not only does matcha give you the fuel to concentrate, it’s a slow burning fuel that lasts all day long. Best of all, it doesn’t come with jitters or a mid-afternoon crash. Our Organic Matcha Powder is packed with antioxidants and can help remove heavy metals from your system.
Eat More Protein
Protein helps regulate blood sugar levels because the metabolism of protein into glucose is very slow3. This prevents spikes and dips in blood sugar levels, which regulates your energy levels by keeping your blood glucose levels steady for long periods of time4.
Not a meat eater? There are plenty of plant alternatives that are high in protein and bursting with nourishing vitamins and minerals. Some options are:
- Black beans
- Kidney beans
- Green peas
- Hemp seeds
Increase Your Fiber Foods
By the same principle as protein, high fiber foods help keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day, and therefore keep your energy levels from a drastic drop5. The recommended daily intake of fiber is between 20 to 30 grams, but most of us barely make it to 15 grams in a day. Good high-fiber sources include:
Drink More Water
Dehydration can impair multiple functions of your brain, including mood and concentration. Studies show that even the slightest percentage of water loss (1-3%) leads to moods of anxiety, lower concentration, and increased feelings of fatigue6.
Decrease Processed Sugar
Processed sugar raises blood glucose levels in significant amounts and at a rapid pace. The response from your pancreas is to produce a lot of insulin to flush out the high levels of glucose out of your blood and into your cells. This results in big spikes and crashes in your energy levels, leaving you feeling drained7.
Add In Minerals
Magnesium is vital for energy production. It’s responsible for the regulation of biochemical reactions such as protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, and blood glucose control8 - all of which we know are important for maintaining energy levels throughout the day.
Hypophosphatemia is a condition that is the result of super low levels of phosphorus in the body. Symptoms include muscle weakness, irritability, confusion, and fatigue, though mild cases are symptom free.This is because phosphorus is essential for helping your cells store energy for when your body needs it9.
Reliable sources of magnesium and phosphorus include:
- Plain yogurt
- Cashews, almonds, peanuts
- Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds
- Black beans, kidney beans
Try Out Some Herbs
Traditional Chinese Medicine has incorporated adaptogenic herbs for centuries to combat stress and cortisol build up. The belief is that adaptogens like ashwagandha help bring the adrenal glands into a state of balance and protect against adrenal fatigue. TCM practitioners often prescribe adaptogens to help the body relax in the evening time, resulting in less stress, better quality of sleep, and more energy to work with during the day. Ashwagandha is most effective when taken as a tincture.
Add turmeric to your mixture to increase your energy benefits. Turmeric is a healing herb that can help reduce inflammation which can turn into a huge energy black hole. In fact, fatigue is often associated with chronic inflammation and inflammatory diseases. Naturally decrease your inflammation and increase your energy levels with these herbal remedies to tackle fatigue 10
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You’ll receive three of each per day for your choice of four, six, or eight days. At the end of your delicious and filling cleanse, you’ll feel like a renewed version of your beautiful self with more energy and rekindled vigor. Try your cleanse today!
Your body knows how to optimize its own functions. Now it’s up to you to optimize how you fuel those functions.
- The Effect of Acute Consumption of Energy Drinks on Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Blood Glucose in the Group of Young Adults (nih.gov)
- The Role of Fiber in Energy Balance (nih.gov)
- The effect of the interaction between glucose tolerance and breakfasts varying in carbohydrate and fibre on mood and cognition - PubMed (nih.gov)
- Magnesium - Health Professional Fact Sheet (nih.gov)
- Phosphorus - Health Professional Fact Sheet (nih.gov)
- Fatigue in chronic inflammation - a link to pain pathways (nih.gov)
Julie is a self-made writer on a forever journey of fitness and health. As a high school music teacher, she has seen and experienced the challenges of maintaining good health while simultaneously balancing a career and healthy relationships.
Julie has always lived a healthy and active lifestyle. She loves the outdoors, hiking, and camping. Over the years she has continued to learn smarter and better ways to take care of her body while continuing to do the things that make her smile. Naturally, all of her teacher friends wanted to know how she did it - what was her secret?
Julie found herself explaining over and over everything she'd learned in her research, and sharing her experiences through trial and error. Her friends would take her advice, try some new things, and then come back to ask how to take it to the next level.
"You should charge for this kind of information!" Became a constant phrase, and so began her career of writing to share her knowledge with the world through health and wellness companies looking to spread healing and healthy habits within their communities. Now Julie gets to combine two of the things she enjoys most - writing and wellness - and use them to affect change in a real way.
When not making music with her kiddos, or writing wellness tips for a higher quality of life, you can find her reading, hiking, drumming, and fitnessing