We’ve all been there. It’s the middle of the day and you’re exhausted. You went to sleep at a decent hour, slept relatively well and ate breakfast when you woke up. What can you possibly do to create more energy?
I have been on a serious quest to rejuvenate my energy levels lately. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. My Candida overgrowth issue (Read more here) has really lit a fire under me to step up my health game. Some of my previous supplements. combined with some new ones have made a profound difference in my energy levels.
Here is what I’ve been doing on a daily basis:
1. Drinking lemon water before ingesting anything else.
Lemon water has a profound effect on the body. Not only does it help balance the pH of your body, it also hydrates your lymph system, which helps your energy levels. Pathways to Family Wellness describes it like this:
Believe it or not, 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue), it can’t perform all of its proper functions. This leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, weight gain, and the list goes on. Your adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and, along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!”
It’s always best to use fresh squeezed lemon juice. However, Santa Cruz Juice is an organic alternative that is pure lemon juice.
2. Next up…Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar… make sure it is “with the mother” (the super important, beneficial bacteria that you have to shake to mix) . This tangy tasting liquid is a tough one to take, but it is definitely worth the minute of nastiness on your palate. Apple cider vinegar is a quick energy booster. According to Reader’s Digest:
Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote. What’s more, apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water to boost your energy.
3. Maca Root Powder
This superfood can be put in almost anything. I have started out with 1 teaspoon of Maca Root Powder in my omelette each morning. I can’t even taste it, but I noticed more energy the first day I tried it. I’ve also heard of people putting Maca Root Powder in their smoothies, but have not tried it yet. Smart Supplementation by Huntington College of Health Sciences describes the reasons behind the energy boost that Maca Root Powder provides:
Maca’s nutritional value may contribute to its energizing properties. It is rich in sugars, protein, starches, and essential minerals, especially iodine and iron.5 6 7 The nutritional value of dried Maca root is high, resembling cereal grains such as maize, rice and wheat. It has 59% carbohydrates, 10.2% protein, 8.5% fiber and 2.2% lipids.
4. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay has long been used for detoxing. It can be used internally and externally and has a myriad of benefits. I drink 1 tsp of Bentonite Clay mixed with water, about an hour before I take my nightly supplements. Bentonite Clay pulls the toxins from the body and leaves you feeling energized the next day. A word of advice… since Bentonite Clay attracts metals, do not use a metal spoon or container when mixing it. You don’t want the metal going into your body for further pollution. Dr. Axe’s article on 10 Proven Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses describes the energy boost from Bentonite Clay:
Bentonite clay helps to get oxygen into the cells because it has the ability to pull excess hydrogen from the cells, leaving room for oxygen to take its place. When cells have more oxygen entering them, you feel more energized and your body can repair itself more easily from illness or hard workouts, including improving muscle recovery.
I use Redmond Bentonite Clay.
5. Pau D’Arco Tea
Pau D’Arco is a light and refreshing tea from South America. It can be taken in capsule form, but is more effective when taken in tea form. Pau D’Arco has been known to heal cancer, candida and inflammation. Dr. Axe’s article Pau D’arco Tea — Fights Candida, Cancer & Inflammation describes the benefits of Pau D’Arco at length, including its detoxing effects:
Pau d’arco works as a detoxifier by having a laxative effect. It’s known to loosen bowels, which aids digestion and regularity. By stimulating the digestive system, pau d’arco tea helps the body rid itself of excess fats and toxins. It’s important to keep foods moving through your body, especially the colon. The colon is the body’s sewage system, but like all healthy and properly functioning sewage systems, it needs to be cleaned, emptied and maintained to function properly.
I use the Buddha Teas Pau D’arco Tea and have been extremely satisfied with its taste and benefits.
These 5 natural supplements have done wonders for my energy levels. Have you tried any of these? Have you felt a difference in your energy? Comment below!
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