Exhausted, burnt out? Low-energy often appears alongside some usual suspects. Shake off these energy killers!
High Dose – Caffeine
Got a 3-4 cup a day habit? You’re not alone. But simply relying on caffeine alone for dealing with low energy can do a body more harm than good. Caffeine is a stimulant, which impacts the central nervous system. While it has been shown to temporarily relieve fatigue and drowsiness, it is also an addictive substance that can impact calcium absorption, increase fasting insulin concentrations, and negatively affect stress hormones. For some, caffeine may also cause feelings of anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness, which can further exacerbate low energy levels.
Instead, work on ways to reduce caffeine, and get clean, lasting energy from greens+ extra energy with natural, low-dose caffeine from Kola Nut. If you are in a café mood, try a barista inspired variation life this Warm Mocha Smoothie.
Sugar is too-often used as a quick fix when it comes to energy. As a fast burning carbohydrate, it offers us a readily available source of energy that also stimulates dopamine, one of our “feel good” hormones. But sugar’s effects are very short-lived. When we eat sugar (and this goes for many energy drinks too), our pancreas releases insulin to help clear the sugar from the blood; the more sugar we eat, the more insulin is secreted, leading to blood sugar imbalances. It also depletes our body of key energy boosting nutrients like B-vitamins, while also negatively impacting our digestive health, allowing bad bacteria and yeast to proliferate, setting the stage for nutrient malabsorption.
Can’t conquer your sweet tooth? There are plenty of decadent and nutritious recipes for smart snacking, like these Raw Superfood Energy Balls.
Chronic stress takes a toll on our body, and has been linked to chronic inflammation as well as serious conditions like high blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances, thyroid problems, insomnia, gastro-intestinal ailments, and mental health issues like depression; all of which can have an impact on energy in their own right. Chronic stress leads us experience feelings most of us know all too well on a daily basis: exhaustion, anxiety, depression, and feeling burned out. Stress can also deplete certain nutrients that our body needs to function properly, mainly water-soluble vitamins B and C!
Easier said than done, but try to relax, and step back from stressful situations for some perspective. Don’t be afraid to say “no” and learn your limits. You can also be proactive by nourishing your body so it can better manage stress. Adaptogens, like Siberian ginseng, licorice root and rhodiola found in the greens+ extra energy formula are time honored plants and herbs that can help your body cope with stressors.
Trying to get everything done in a day leads many to burn the midnight oil. This one is a no brainer: At the end of busy days, nothing is more restorative than a good night’s sleep and without it, of course energy levels will plummet. But winding down and shutting off a tense internal dialogue is easier said than done. Be proactive by limiting caffeine intake during the day and avoiding alcohol closer to bedtime. Unplug from email and web surfing at least an hour before retiring and designate the bedroom as a sleep-only zone.
Bonus pro sleep tip: taking 1 capsule of sleep+ time release before retiring can help you obtain some serious slumber and wake up refreshed. Fast-acting and non-addictive, sleep+ time release contains Passionflower extract to calm the mind to help you get to sleep, and time-release melatonin helps stay asleep and achieve restorative sleep cycles.
Our food is fuel – literally! At the very basic level, our food provides us with the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat) and the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) our body needs for growth, and to sustain all of its daily activities. But there is more to nutrition than checking these boxes if what you’re looking for is glowing health and energy. Consuming a whole food diet, rich in colourful plants, healthy protein sources, and nourishing fats is crucial to preventing nutrient gaps – why? PHYTONUTRIENTS! These are what give plants their vibrant colours, tastes and textures – and unique health benefits!
But – despite doing our best to eat healthy, the food that we eat today is far less nutritious than it once was, thanks to the growth of big business farming, soil erosion, the heavy use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and the proliferation of non-GMO crops.
This is why, besides eating well, it is important to supplement wisely with a green superfood (greens+ that is PACKED with phytonutrients), and an omega 3 fish oil– like triple strength omega3 + D (for extra nourishment in the winter months). Addsupplementation to your daily nourishment routine so you can fuel your fire to live your passion!
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