Boost Your Energy to Get More Out of Your Day

Low-energy is a frequent complaint from both customers and staff.  I addressed the sleep component of low energy in my last blog, “Sleep Better to Get More Out of Your Day”.  Now, I’d like to talk about several supplements that are proven energy boosters without side effects.  If low energy is an everyday event and your sleep pattern has been addressed, it’s a good idea to have your physician check for possible health issues.  If you have the common mid-day slump, “brain-fog” or are addressing diagnosed health issues like chronic fatigue or fibromyaligia then the following supplements may be helpful.

Start your day with a quality multi vitamin & mineral to make sure your nutritional needs are being met.  I generally recommend one with high B vitamins since they help with energy and are so water soluble that we lose some of what we intake.  Super Nutrition’s Simply One for Women or Men is a high potency one that guarantees more energy within 1 week or your money back (we’ve rarely had a return).  This is a multi you can really feel.  If you have a sensitive stomach or prefer a whole food multi, New Chapter’s Perfect Energy is a gentle & effective energizing multi.

 

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There are lots of morning beverages to help awaken us to the day, I currently LOVE Runa Mint Guayusa Tea.  It has 24mg of caffeine and almost double the antioxidants of green tea and I find it opens my foggy mind and gives me a clear, focused, calm energy within moments.

 

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Ginseng is a great herb for energy, especially if you feel stressed.  If you have high blood pressure, ginseng is not recommended since may elevate it, but otherwise, I highly recommend Asian or American Ginseng.  Schizandra  is a Chinese herb and is used to support concentration, memory and alertness. It is nice because it can have an emotionally calming effect while still enhancing wakefulness and focus.   Rhodiola is a tonic herb and adaptogen (increases resistance to stress) and great herb for fatigue, poor attention span, and memory. Maca is a potent, ancient Peruvian superfood and increases stamina, combats fatigue, and as a bonus, boosts libido (and can enhance fertility).  Fish Oil is high in DHA, which helps with concentration and focus, which can be impaired with low energy.  We have these separately, but Irwin Naturals makes a nice combination called Ginza-Plus, which contains Maca, Rhodiola, Schisandra, Asian Ginseng, Cordyceps Mushroom & Fish Oil.  I feel a noticeable improvement in energy, decrease in brain fog and a mood lift from this formula quickly.

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D-Ribose has long been used to help athletes with recovery, but recent studies show that people with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, who used 5 grams of D-Ribose 3 times a day for 3 weeks, showed an average 44.7% increase in energy after only 3 weeks. I find this amazing!  Check out the website of Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a renowned expert on CFS and Fribromyalgia: http://www.endfatigue.com/tools-support/D-ribose.html for more on D-Ribose & this study.   He has also formulated several energy supplements that we sell here: From Fatigued to Fantastic Energy Revitalization Powder, Adrenal Stress End (stress taxes your adrenals & often presents as fatigue) and Revitalizing Sleep Formula (mentioned in my previous Sleep blog).

A well-respected local physician, Dr. Zach Bush, has formulated a product called Restore.  It is a prebiotic/extracted fulvic/mineral liquid supplement to help with digestive health, inflammation, energy and brain fog.  He considers it the backbone for any healing regimen and UVA has done clinical studies supporting his claims for restoring healthy bowel function, reducing inflammation, reclaiming immune function & reversing fatigue. ( http://www.newearthdynamics.com/Products.html ) In addition, I found that The University of Chile’s International Center for Biomedicine indicates that fulvic acid has properties that may help protect against cognitive impairment.

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Of course, it’s also important to eat regular, healthy meals to help balance blood sugar and energy.  There are many dietary lifestyles out there and different approaches work for different people.  Pay attention to how your food makes you feel and eat those things that give you better, long-lasting energy. Generally, try to eat complex carbohydrates, healthy fats (important for brain health—keep to about 20-30% of daily calories) and adequate but not extensive protein (excess protein turns to fat).  The RDA for protein is approximately .8 grams of protein for every 2.2 pounds of  body weight (you can go up to 1.8 grams if you are doing heavy physical exercise).

May you have abundant, clear-headed energy throughout your day!

 

Brandon Davis, MS, Ed. 

Supplement, Health & Beauty Manager

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