By Be Well Health Coach Katrine van Wyk
You deserve to go through your day feeling full of energy, enthusiasm and vitality. Sadly, that’s not how many of us feel most of the time. With busy schedules, demanding jobs and the expectation of always being available and on life can be exhausting! Here are some tips for boosting your energy levels TODAY.
Sweating, moving the body, and getting the heart pumping (aka exercise) is a great way to boost both your mood and energy. The body releases feel-good hormones in response to the exercise making you feel energized and happy. In addition, regular exercise improves your endurance and muscle strength, which help you go about your day with ease. And because exercise helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently to distribute oxygen and nutrients to your body, you’ll feel more energized.
2. Drink a Green Juice
I think of green juice as my daily IV vitamin shot. Because all the fiber is removed in a juice, the nutrients from the vegetables get distributed quickly to the cells. Green vegetables are also full of chlorophyll, a potent antioxidant that supports cleansing. Try a green juice instead of a coffee next time you’re in a slump and see how it makes you feel!
3. Get Downward
Both invigorating and restorative, yoga can have tremendous benefits on your energy, helping recharge your batteries and move energy (prana) through your body. In particular, poses that turn you upside down or elevate the legs higher than your torso help energize your body and mind. By draining fluids from the legs and flushing the head and organs with fresh blood, these upside-down poses leave us feeling invigorated! I once heard that 15 minutes of lying with your legs up the wall is as restorative as a 2 hour nap – I can’t scientifically prove it – but it sure feels great.
4. Green and White Tea + Yerba Mate
Swap out coffee for something a little less stimulating. Sure – you may still want a bit of caffeine in the morning or afternoon to help you stay focused and sharp, but coffee is acidic, depleting and can contain too much caffeine for many of us. Green and white tea are better options that still contain some caffeine, yet are easier on the body and adrenals. Yerba mate is another option. This brew has been a South American favorite for centuries. Interestingly it contains compounds that have been found to have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue and yet a stimulating effect on myocardial (heart) tissue, improve mood and increase mental energy!
5. Cut Out the Energy-zappers
There’s no doubt about it. Certain habits, foods and drinks that we consume can zap our beauty and energy. There are the obvious ones – like sugar, alcohol and processed foods – but there might even be other ones that you haven’t identified yet. Try doing an elimination diet or a Be Well Cleanse (which also follows an elimination diet) to identify foods that you may be sensitive to and that are zapping your energy every day. By removing these foods you might find a whole new level of energy.
6. Rest – Obviously
If you’re feeling tired, sluggish and run down it’s time to examine how much rest you’re actually getting! Are you sleeping well and enough? Do you take time every day to really switch off and restore? Take this from a new mama – sleep is not over rated! We need at least 7-8 hours at night to support our body to function well. If you have a hard time falling asleep try implementing an electronic sun down an hour before bed and try some gentle yoga poses or meditate. Once in a while treat yourself to some restful self care; some acupuncture, restorative yoga, a SPA day or a massage.
Sometimes we simply don’t manage to get enough nutrients from our daily diet. If you’re in need of a little extra boost, try the Energy Formula that contains nutrients that specifically support the mitochondria – the powerhouse of the cell and it’s energy production. For anyone dealing with a lot of stress, adaptogens can be useful herbal supporters that help the body better adapt to stress, anxiety and healthy regulation of cortisol.