5 Secrets to Achieving Better Energy Naturally
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “I need more energy!” Or… “I’m so tired!” Or… “Oh, to be young again!” These are common phrases we hear from coworkers, friends, family, and – let’s face it – ourselves. Almost everyone you meet these days seems to be running low on energy and high on stress. This, of course, is an unhealthy and unsustainable way to live. Everyone seems to be searching for a way to increase energy, and while many companies will sell you the latest “energy extravaganza”, these are often pumped full of chemically enhanced caffeine and sugar. So how can you increase energy naturally? Here are some suggestions:
Tip #1: Stick to Unprocessed Foods That are High in EnergyFruits, vegetables, and foods high in healthy fats and proteins are your best bet when seeking an energy-packed diet. The reason for this is simple: your cells need these nutrients to produce energy. Many people believe that having fat in their diet is unhealthy. However, the opposite is actually true (as long as you are choosing healthy fats). In fact, according to www.heart.org: “Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth. They also help protect your organs and help keep your body warm. Fats help your body absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones, too. Your body definitely needs fat.” So what are some healthy sources of fat?
- Fatty fish such as salmon or tuna
- Nuts and seeds
- And many more….
Tips #2 & #3: What You Avoid is Just as Important as What You EatDid you know that many energy products contain ingredients that will actually lower your energy levels in the long run? It’s true. Most energy products give you a short-term energy boost by providing a shot of caffeine, sugar, or both. Both of these ingredients will give you a temporary energy surge. But both of them will leave you with a crash because neither help your body produce energy naturally. So tips #2 and #3? Avoid sugar and… Avoid caffeine
Which Comes First, the Energy or the Exercise? (Tip #4)This one might seem counter-intuitive or like a catch-22, but you need to exercise more to have more energy. Kind of like how a finely-tuned engine produces more horsepower, a finely-tuned body produces more energy. This is one of those delayed gratification things. You won’t see results when you first start, but over time you will notice an improvement in your energy levels as you build muscle.
Support Your Energy Producers: Your Cells!This one should be a no-brainer, but many people don’t think about their cells when they think about energy production (or lack thereof!) Energy production happens in your cells. There is a lot of really fascinating science behind it, but here are the basics:
- You eat food, which travels to your stomach and is converted into glucose
- Glucose enters your bloodstream through tiny vessels in the lining of your stomach and small intestines
- Your pancreas produces insulin according to how much glucose is in your blood
- Insulin “unlocks” your cells to let the glucose in
- Your cells use the glucose to produce energy