If your energy levels don’t meet your expectations, you’re not alone.
Are you ready to jump into 2017 and off that energy rollercoaster for good? Mental, physical, and overall health are usually top priorities this time of year, but all this renewed vigour and high energy living takes, well, energy. Often, the end of January also brings resolve and stamina to an end. You may need to employ these no-fail, all-natural ways to boost your energy.
Know your body (and your energy)
Natural and effective energy boosters can help revitalize and replace lost energy. According to registered holistic nutritionist Kirsten Janz of Whole Body Wellness in Maple Ridge, BC, ruling out any underlying medical issues such as anemia or thyroid problems will ensure you get proper treatment and ensure that energy enhancers can do what they should. As Janz explains, “If your energy levels are poor, you should search out the reason why. Know yourself well enough to know when something’s not normal.”
We often seek out energy boosters because the stakes are high and energy is one of our most valuable resources. Separating beneficial enhancers from sugary imposters is important, so you don’t feel cheated by those that overpromise and underdeliver. Choosing the right supplements can make a huge difference to the overall effect you feel on your energy levels.
Supplements and functional foods to the rescue
Using reliable, endorsed natural boosters is key to sustained energy levels without a crash. Recommended as some of the best energy enhancers available, the following supplements are readily available at natural health food stores and will provide the support you need so you can get revved for the year ahead.
Called the energy vitamin, B12 can be taken in supplement form. In the body, it helps convert the food we eat into energy.
Siberian and American ginsengs
Known as adaptogenic herbs, they are thought to “adapt” to stressors that affect the body and help sustain energy.
Chia seeds are a favourite due to their blood sugar- and insulin-stabilizing effects. They have a great ratio of fats to carbs to protein and may keep you feeling energized longer.
Did you know?
You can add matcha powder and chia seeds to smoothies and meals for great energy-boosting benefits—and they taste great too!
Most supplements and functional foods do their best work over time. After you’ve consulted your naturopathic doctor or holistic nutritionist and decided which ones will work best for you, stay consistent and pay attention to your body.
Coffee, tea, and alternatives
Not ready to give up your daily cup of joe? Kick things up a notch by trying one of these suggestions!
For a quick energy fix, try an alternative to regular coffee, such as the famed “Bulletproof Coffee,” which is thought to be more stabilizing for blood sugar. Or, opt for cold-pressed coffee, which is less acidic than regular drip coffee.
A herbal supplement that is making waves, yerba mate is high in caffeine, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, making it an energy powerhouse.
Ginger root “tea”
For a tea alternative, try ginger root. It acts as a stimulating and warming herb that can gently increase energy and support the body.
Matcha green tea
A favourite of Janz’s, matcha is power-packed with vitamins and minerals the body needs. It also contains L-theanine, an amino acid thought to increase alertness.
Extra energy-boosting tips
- Instead of a sugary snack, try a smoothie packed with veggies and fibre for more nutrition and sustained energy.
- To increase mental energy and focus, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil in a diffuser.
- Don’t forget water! Dehydration can make us drowsy.
In addition to supplements, why not make some positive lifestyle changes to relax and slow down? If not, your body may find it difficult to replace lost energy stores. Naturopathic doctor Deanna Weiss of Whole Body Wellness encourages us to “take a break—rest, relax, meditate, exercise—these are simple (and free!) ways to boost your energy.”
The shape your day takes will depend on your energy. So whether you need long-term, sustained energy or a quick pick-me-up, stick with natural and effective energy boosters, so you stay alert and enjoy long-term benefits. Combine these with some great adventures and restful relaxation to make 2017 your year of energy!