Wondering how to boost energy levels? There are certain things you can do everyday to look and feel your best for yourself and your family!
The goal is to have consistent energy through the day. Not highs and lows, not the afternoon crash, and definitely not the can’t-get-out-of-bed- mornings. Goods news is, our movement, what we eat, the emotions we choose to feel, and what we avoid can Boost Your Energy Levels and allow you to get more done.
I do know that sometimes,(most of the time) getting the amount of sleep we want or what our body wants is not possible. That is why it is important to stay away from things that steal your energy even more, yand flood your body with energy givers.
The goal is to try and do more things in a day that build energy up within the body compared to things that steal the bodies energy.
The Body’s Energy System
- Our bodies have an amazing energy system that is constantly expending, replenishing and storing energy.
- The goal is to have extra energy stored up each day to accomplish the things we have to do and the things we want to do.
- Most people are living in a negative energy state- expending more energy than they have resulting in fatigue, fogy thinking, and lack of motivation.
- Side note: If you are not getting enough sleep every night, you will be tired and instead of reaching for caffeine and other stimulants to wake you up, give your body what it is asking for, sleep. If you can,take a nap, go to bed earlier, anything to catch you up on the rest your body needs. I know that is not always possible though, so doing more of the energy building techniques can help make up for this.
- Diet, exercise, and rest are critical, but you can take your energy system to a new level by taking control of your emotions and creating heart-rhythm coherence.
- Sugar: soda, fancy coffee drinks, candy, chocolate bars, juices
- High glycemic/carbohydrate foods: breads, tortillas, crackers, cookies, pasta
- Too much caffeine: More than two cups of coffee a day will stress your adrenal glands which control your energy levels and result in an energy crash later in the day
- Bad food combining: Eating protein with starches puts quite the strain on your digestive system. When it has to work so hard at digesting food, it does not have much left to give you energy. That’s why eating a sandwich with meat on it will most likely give you low energy in the afternoon. Try eating protein with veggies or starches with veggies at a meal. AND fruit alone. Your digestion will be happy, and your energy will be a priority of the body.
- Sitting too much during the day: This does not allow oxygen and blood to the brain and heart, leading to fatigue.
Emotions and Energy
Although diet and exercise play a role in our energy- research is showing that the emotions we choose to feel each day play a far bigger role than we imagined.
- Negative emotions: Negative emotions have been scientifically proven to drain energy from the body. This is because it causes the energy in your body to go to your fight or flight systems- taking energy away from the heart and brain. Fear, worry, anger, and frustration are huge energy drainers.
- Compassion, gratitude, care, love, joy and courage actually biologically generate energy in the body.
How to Boost Energy Levels
We need to intentionally take the time out each day to do things that build energy in the body.
If you do nothing else but the following-you will be blown away!
- Cut out sugar and gluten
- Move throughout the day
- drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water
- take a break 3x a day to focus on what you are grateful for
The Sun: The sun brings life to our cells. It gives a a unique nutrient that is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in our body. Take a 20 min walk in the sun to get a second burst of energy.
Any kind of movement creates energy in the body. When you move, you generate momentum in the body. The next time you are tired- just move- and take regular movement breaks throughout the day!
- Jumping Jacks
- Push ups
Practice Positive Emotions to Generate Energy Surplus
- Intentionally focusing on what you are grateful for each day, what you appreciate in life, what brings you joy, and imagining the future of your dreams- all physically generates energy in your body.
- Complaining, worrying, and constant checking of social media physically drains energy from the body.
- Each day, take a few times our to intentional focus your attention to create a surplus of energy energy.
The most energizing drinks often times have no caffeine at all. Just concentrated nutrients that wake our cells right up! Try one of these next time you need an energy pick me up 😉
- Green Juice: Juice made from cucumbers, lemon, celery, leafy greens, and green apple is like natures coffee. It is bursting with enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that literally make you feel alive and full of energy.
- Lemon Water: Lemon is a natural energizer: it hydrates, and oxygenates your body so it feels revitalized and refreshed!
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Like lemon, ACV is full of enzymes and organic acids that cleanse and oxygenates your cells. Try making a drink with 1 tablespoon ACV, 1/2 lemon, and honey or stevia to sweeten for a true energy drink!
- Matcha Green Tea, Yerba Mate: If you do need some caffeine these teas are one of the best choices around! These teas are bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids that are cancer preventing, anti aging, and clarity promoting.
Drink Water Through The Day: This. Is. Big. Most people who get tired in the day are actually dehydrated and their body is begging for some water to fuel the cells and keep them thriving. I have met so many people who had a dramatic increase in energy because they were getting at least 64oz of water a day. Set a goal for drinking this much each day and see what may happen!
Making sure to incorporate these foods into your diet every day, especially at each meal for consistent energy.
- Vegetables: All kinds, prepared in all ways.
- Healthy fats: Coconut oil, avocado, butter, coconut butter, wild caught fish, chia seeds, olive oil.
- Clean proteins: Organic pasture raised animal products, organic eggs, soaked nuts and beans.
- Fermented Foods: Sauerkraut, kimchi, keifr, coconut kefir, are full of organic acids, enzymes, and probiotics that nourish and determine the health of every cell in the body.
- Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, which lessen the effects of stress on the nervous system, which cuts back on the adrenaline, ‘fight or flight,’ response, leaving us with more energy for daily use. It also helps relieve depression , stabilize blood sugar, and reduce inflammation.
- Maca: Maca is known for enhancing energy and endurance, as well as being an effective adaptagen for everyday living. Maca contains 55 phytochemicals as well as minerals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body.
- Reishi: Reishi is a mushroom that is known as “the elixir of life” in China. It is used for increasing energy, boosting the immune system and reducing stress.
Now make a list: what are the things that are draining your energy, and what are the things you are doing to create energy? Today try to do more energy building things than energy draining and you will begin to store up a surplus that will make you feel great every day!