Are you waking up feeling exhausted – day after day?
Do you have a massive week or month ahead and think you may not make it?
I have put together a short list of my favourite energy boosters. Each one packs a powerful and potent energetic punch and will get you back on your A-Game in no time!
10 Energy Boosters That Work In Just Hours!
1. Go Raw
If you are not or have not participated in a raw or vegan diet recently, now is the time!
Animal protein is more difficult for the body to digest – it uses up precious energy to process and break down animal proteins – which underpins the Dukan Diet made popular by the Middleton Family at the time of the Royal Wedding.
By avoiding animal proteins and opting for more easily digestible foodstuffs like leafy greens, lightly steamed vegetables (not too many starches!) your body will break down and convert the necessary nutrients and carbohydrates into energy more quickly. This is what you need when you have a big week ahead!
2. Increase Water – A LOT!
Most people do not consume anywhere NEAR the amount of water they need each day to perform at their optimal level. The general rule of thumb is…
Drink Half Your Weight in Ounces of Water Each Day
i.e. If you weigh 140lbs (pounds or 63.5kgs) then you need to drink 70 ounces (or just over 2L per day)
Dehydration leads to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue and can make exertion feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally.
Not drinking sufficient water also has been shown to affect both mood and concentration, and increased the frequency of headaches in women, in addition to impairing memory and causing increased feelings of anxiety and fatigue.
In short? You CAN NOT perform at your best if you are dehydrated. Period.
3. No Caffeine!
I used to be a coffee fiend and woe betide those who messed with my Morning Cuppa! I have since quit coffee altogether and only have one cup of black tea per day.
When you consume caffeine, your body sends a message via the Sympathetic Nervous System to the pituitary gland telling it to release stress hormones – namely adrenaline and cortisol (also known as epinephrine and norepinephrine).
These same stress hormones are present in your body when you are in danger or have a near miss (i.e. avoiding a serious car crash or being chased by a rabid barking dog… or neighbor!) These hormones prepare your body for extreme exertion – to fight or get the heck out of there (flight).
Additionally, your adrenal glands also release cortisol – which is the long term stress hormone. This hormone helps you deal with long term stress by increasing bloody glucose levels and depressing the immune system.
In short, pumping your body full of caffeine each day – and repeatedly throughout the day – is forcing it to perform at extreme levels for no reason.
Eventually, as with anything, your body will begin to tire. Your adrenals will begin to function “inefficiently”. This is where Adrenal Fatigue – known in medical circles as Adrenal Insufficiency – comes into play. This is a crippling health issue with many serious effects… I advise strongly against using caffeine for energy because I am recovering from this health issue myself.
Trust me. Its not worth it.
Put that cup of coffee down and get a glass of water!
4. Bite Size Meals
Rather than ingesting a huge carb-laden meal on 3 seperate occassions throughout the day, break it down into smaller meals. Even having 6 small meals is a good start!
By grazing throughout the day on smaller portions of food, instead of having large meals heavy on carbs because you’re starving, you will avoid the peaks and troughs in your blood glucose (also known as blood / sugar levels). This means you avoid the 3pm crash that you have right after lunch!
Have pre-prepared healthy snacks that are high in minerals and nutrients – think vegetable sticks, boiled eggs, raw nuts, smoothies and green juices. Go easy on the fruit – its high in fruit sugars and can spike and crash your energy.
5. Green is GOOD!
Whenever I am preparing for a massive week ahead – or my energy and mood is off – the first thing I reach for is a big batch of greens! I will do a shop and load up on spinach, kale, celery, silverbeet, heads of broccoli and a bottle of chlorophyll. This is my staple Energy Boost collection!
I will load up my morning smoothies with greens + berries, I juice with apples, greens and lemons and I lightly steam platefuls of greens for meals.
Leafy greens are full of alkalising minerals, easily digestible and bio-available nutrients and loads of calming, alkalising chlorophyll. All these things support your body, aid it in processing nutrients and carbs into energy faster and feed your cells with the best of Mother Nature’s larder.
If you’re eating out, order a green side salad and skip the fries. If you’re eating in, steam up an entire head of broccoli, drizzle with a little olive oil and salt and crunch away. If you must have protein with it, go with fish instead of red meats. It is easier to digest.
6. Boost With Juice!
I am sure I do not need to rabbit on about all the benefits of juicing here. Here is some amazing information available from Dr Mercola about the immediate benefits of juicing up fruits and vegetables.
One thing of note as mentioned by Dr Mercola is that consuming freshly juiced fruits and vegetables can provide immediate energy increases within only 20 minutes!
Instead of grabbing a coffee before that big meeting or pitch coming up, roll in with a litre of freshly juiced fruits and vegetables and be clear headed AND cool, calm and collected!
7. Healing Herbs
The best way I find for herbs to get to work ASAP is via Herbal Infusions.
Contrary to popular opinion, a herbal infusion is NOT a cup of tea! In point of fact, it is a very potent concoction with a therapeutic amount of herbs (and it is not for the faint of heart if you’re adverse to different flavours!)
My all time favourite herbal infusion recipes are:
- Stinging Nettle + Holy Basil (Tulsi) (a stress busting formulation for everyday use; great for maintenance)
- Stinging Nettle + Oat Straw (a lovely, gentle, nurturing formulation which is perfect if you’re feeling a little vulnerable or weakened by stress)
- Peppermint + Echinacea + Elderflower (great for stopping a cold in its tracks & giving you a lift)
- Peppermint + Stinging Nettle (like a cup of coffee that just keeps on giving + no 3pm crash!)
I buy my herbs in bulk, 5kg bags and use them most days.
Each recipe requires 30g of herb to 1L of hot water. Steep for at least 4 hours (overnight is fine) then straight and drink (I add a splash of apple juice for flavour!)
Stinging Nettle, as an example, contains just about every vitamin and mineral your body’s cells require for healthy development. I literally feel INSTANTLY energised when I have a big glass of Nettle Infusion!
8. Switch Your Supplements
If you are taking vitamin and mineral supplements currently – good on you!
My suggestion is though that you take a good, hard look at the colour of your urine. I know, I know – yuk – right?
The reason I say that is this: I have spent a small fortune on “the best” supplements on the market. I mean thousands of dollars. Most of them never changed how I felt – not one iota.
I then stumbled over a source that create real FOOD based nutritional supplements. I started taking them and within days felt a huge positive shift in my energy, moods, cravings and stamina. It was staggering!
My research has shown me that most supplements are synthetically produced or synthetically derived. In fact, studies have shown that most supplement products contain vitamins and minerals that have a totally different molecular structure than food based sources!
How is it possible then for the human gut to absorb these nutrients – produced in a lab?
In short? They can’t.
Hence – look at your urine.
The best way to tell if your supplements are doing any good? You will have healthy cravings, increased water desire and urine of a normal natural mild yellow colour. If your urine is fluro or bright yellow, switch brands to something REAL.
9. Specialist Herbs
If you are in need of serious energy, seriously fast then its time to bring in the Big Guns!
Specialist Herbs are herbs that are for a specific purpose. In this case, to increase energy, stamina, mental alertness, cognitive (brain) function and immuno-function.
My all time favourite specialist herbs are:
- Siberian Ginseng
- Panax Ginseng
- Stinging Nettle
- Holy Basil
Adaptogen herbs will aid the body in dealing with stressors and have an overall tonifying effect.
Tonics are healthful, nourishing, restorative, nutrient dense herbs that have an immediate impact on energy levels and aid in increasing physical and mental stamina.
I always find dried herbs soaked in water (as above in herbal infusions) gives me the best bang for buck, the fastest result and the cheapest means of ingestion.
You can also have these herbs in tincture form or via another type of maceration (i.e. herbal oils, honeys, vinegars etc).
By simply breathing more deeply into your lower body, you will draw in more oxygen. Oxygen is the driver in efficiently creating usable energy from glucose and fat, and the biggest limiting factor in performance athleticism i.e. if an athlete can not take in more oxygen, they will be beaten by the athlete that can.
Deep breathing has been found to release endorphins. Endorphins boost mood and help the body to alleviate the experience of pain. Increasing your oxygen intake results in better blood flow, which means your cells are fed more quickly and can release the energy you need faster.
In short, breathing – whilst a relaxation tool – is also necessary for aiding nearly all of your body’s processes and functions; much the same as water. By increasing oxygen and water intake to optimal level, you are giving your body a chance to perform optimally also.
And isn’t that what we’re all looking for?
Here’s to your health – and energy!