I don’t know about you, but I used to feel overwhelmed by all the information and advice on how to increase my energy levels. I tried detoxes, cleanses, felt like I was missing out, I felt like a failure because I couldn’t stick to the programs and I really felt that figuring out how to have more energy was taking more energy that I just didn’t have! I had complicated it. And with all the advice that is available to us, it is easy to complicate it! However, in my exploration to find the perfect diet, workout, sleep pattern for me to have the ‘fountain of energy’ I noticed that I forgot some simple truths and maybe you have also. I believe we have forgotten two simple health fundamentals that are the same no matter our age, gender or nationality. And this may be because like me I was after the quick energy fix, I had things to do, and I wanted them done immediately; actually, I wanted them done yesterday. These health fundamentals are so simple, I think I just overlooked them, 1. Eat the right foods and your whole body, your brain, your gut, your liver can keep running at it’s optimum all day; 2. Eat processed foods loaded with gluten, sugar and caffeine, and your body feels upbeat for a short time, and then the energy drops, and you feel tired sluggish and worn out and 3. Move your body, emotion comes from motion.
If you are feeling tired, depleted and all round exhausted here are some tips that will transform your energy levels, helping you feel more energised and increase your productivity and mental clarity.
- CHOOSE ALKALINE FOODS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY THROUGH YOUR KIDNEYS All foods once metabolised produce an alkaline or acidic residue in the body, this residue is filtered through our kidneys. When our kidneys have to filter excessive amounts of acid, they have to work hard, and this process drains you of energy. Whereas alkaline foods flow through our system more quickly and the kidneys don’t have to work as hard, our organs and cells run efficiently and for optimal energy. Alkaline foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and non-alkaline foods include processed foods, meat and dairy. Eat at least one alkaline food with every meal and snack, and add in alkaline foods until you are eating more alkaline foods than acidic ones.
- USE SPROUTS TO BOOST VITAMINS AND MINERALS IN YOUR BODY Sprouts have higher concentration levels of vitamins and minerals, and this increases their bioavailability for our body to better absorb the nutrients. Unlike their unsprouted counterparts, the nutrients are more manageable for our body to access and convert to energy. Broccoli sprouts, lentil sprouts or alfalfa sprouts can be added to any meal for an incredible boost of vitamins and minerals. For example, Broccoli sprouts contain a compound called sulforaphane it is a sulphur based compound that is the most potent liver detoxifier known and its made by a chemical reaction when you chew broccoli. But broccoli sprouts have roughly 25 times more sulforaphane (amongst other things) than mature broccoli. You can sprout any seed or legume. You can buy kits from your local health food store or Amazon.
- LOAD UP ON ENERGY FATS TO BOOST BRAIN POWER Fats are the major building blocks that surround our cells, they make up the majority of our cell membranes. This includes our brain. Oh, by the way, ‘baby brain’ is a real thing. During pregnancy, fats are used to develop the baby, and we need to nourish our good fat levels so we can replenish what we give to the little poppet developing in our belly. This is why you notice many doctors encourage women to take their omega-3 with vitamin D during and after pregnancy, as it takes around 2 years after the birth for our levels to normalise. I digress, back to good fats and boosting energy. You can get an energy fix by cooking with saturated fats such as butter and coconut oil. These are the most easily converted to energy. Eating monounsaturated fats like olive oil and avocado and polyunsaturated fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in small fish like anchovies and sardines, will also increase your energy levels and may reduce brain fog. Avoid the man-made trans fats found in processed foods, these add no value to health and wellbeing.
- EAT RAW FRUITS, VEGETABLES & SEEDS TO ENERGIZE YOUR GUT Eating raw fruits, vegetables and seeds allow us to maximise their digestive benefits. Cooked food can lose a lot of the enzymes that we need for healthy digestion, and fewer enzymes mean we use more energy. Think about the celebrations we have with family and friends where there are six courses, each one more delicious than the next, you generally aren’t feeling up to doing much except walking from the table to the sofa for a nap. Eat at least half your plate of raw food at each meal and begin to feel the energy levels rise.
- DRINK LUKEWARM LEMON WATER TO WAKE UP YOUR ORGANS Lemons are available all year round, although they are at their peak nutritionally during summer. Lemons are high in vitamin C, folate, potassium, flavonoids and limonins (found in the lemon juice). Drinking a glass of lukewarm water with the lemon first thing in the morning helps to ‘wake up’ your liver and gallbladder, it gets your whole intestinal tract moving and flushes out toxins. Avoid cold water as this shuts down the glands in your stomach that produce stomach acids, and the lemon needs to be fresh, not a prepared juice, to assist in stimulating the production of digestive enzymes. The lemon juice helps support in keeping the body alkaline, and those benefits are outlined in tip #1.
- MOVE TO BOOST CIRCULATION Jump or bounce. A jump will increase blood flow and circulation by pumping energy through your body. It will invigorate you, and clear your mind. Start by sitting and then jump up reaching your hands into the sky as high as you can go. Repeat it a couple of times, add in a vocal ‘Yeah’ or fist pump to invigorate yourself. Bouncing, or rebounding, using a mini trampoline, will not only increase your energy levels but practised regularly may assist in better muscle tone, sharper vision, greater coordination, better balance and more rhythm.
I started with tip #5, the lemon water drink. It takes the place of my coffee now, and I drink it throughout the entire day. I gradually added in other tips and have noticed significant changes in my energy levels. No more mid-afternoon slump for me and I am excited to begin my day, every day!
What tip will you practice first? Is it easy for you to practice small changes consistently? Share in the comments below. I read everyone of them.
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Ocea Marie xx