Wouldn’t life be a lot better if you weren’t always so tired and actually had more energy?
Seriously – low energy is probably responsible for a huge proportion of our problems! Having low energy makes it hard to wake up in the morning, low energy makes us not really want to exercise; Low energy prevents us from performing our best, and for some it keeps us from really enjoying life.
Most people confuse having low energy with being lazy; when the real problem is that it takes energy to start changing your lifestyle and to do things like exercise more or sleep better to improve your energy… so where do you begin? The answer is simple: you begin with your diet!
There are tons of ways that you can improve your energy levels through your diet, and here are 7 of them!
One way you can add boost your energy levels using your diet is by consuming more glucose. This won’t give you long-term energy but it will help you to improve your energy in the short term and give you a little jolt when you’re struggling.
I don’t believe in ‘cheating’ on your diet, however, I do condone keeping certain foods in your diet that make you happy - as long as it's in moderation. One of my favorite ways to boost my glucose is by eating Gummy Bears! In fact, I eat gummy bears before, during and after my workouts. Now by no means am I promoting you to eat the entire bag. . . . like I know some of you want to do. I personally only eat 4 Gummy bears each serving, and I prefer to eat gummy bears that are gluten and fat free. Albanese and Black Forest are my go to's. A glucose tablet is also another great option.
Using glucose on a regular basis is not a recommended way to keep your energy levels up though. Instead, it’s better to use MCT oil, which comes from coconuts and other natural sources. This type of oil doesn’t get absorbed by the body in the same way as other fats and it encourages the body to produce ketones – a type of energy that has a lot of particular uses for the brain, and are produced in the liver.
B12 plays a vital role in the production of red blood cells. It is a vitamin that is found in meats, fish, breakfast cereals and milk. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement. Taking B12 helps to correct the immature red blood cells caused by B12 deficiency - meaning in turn it will fight off fatigue and increase energy metabolism.
Chia Seeds is an ancient superfood that is capable of absorbing several times their weight in water!
Have you ever heard of the Tarahumara tribe? This group of indigenous people are able to run hundreds of miles in a single go and they accomplish this at least in part thanks to chia seeds. Simply sprinkle these flavorless little black seeds in your food, baked goods, yogurt, smoothie or protein shake.
Iron is used to create red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. More iron = more oxygen where you need it – Thus giving you more energy. Iron supplements come in pill and liquid form.
This herb has been commonly used in traditional medicine. It can enhance physical performance and improve endurance. This can be done by taking Rhodiola Rosea in capsule, tablet, dried powder, or liquid extract form.
Meanwhile, anything that can increase mitochondrial energy metabolism will greatly enhance energy levels – CoQ10, PQQ and creatine are all very good examples (also found in organ meats).
What it All Boils Down To
They say you are what you eat - When you consume a well-balanced diet along with adding supplementation in areas where you may have deficiencies. It allows you to get through your day without having to drink caffeinated or sugary drinks that often result in you crashing after the effects of consuming those beverages where off. Taking natural herbal supplements can help fight fatigue and depression - all while improving energy levels and increased brain function. It's often best to gradually make slight adjustments to your diet to see what works and doesn't work for you.