I meet a lot of people who are excited about changing their life. They’ve got big dreams, bigger goals and even the resources and support to reach their goals! They want more than anything to take their life to the next level!
But there’s one problem… they’re just too dang tired!
Can you relate? Are you frustrated because you know exactly what to do to improve your life and reach your goals, but when the time comes to get things done you just… want to lie down and take a nap?
SIGH. “Adulting can be so hard!” you’re probably thinking.
I hear you, my friend. Once upon a time I used to wake up feeling like a bag of bricks! I made it to work, thanks to a daily, piping hot cuppa joe. But even with caffeine, I felt like my energy was lacking and that I couldn’t do everything I wanted because my body wasn’t syncing with my desire for more activity.
Luckily, thanks to some incredible mentors and empowering friends, I’ve discovered a few tried and true methods to increasing energy! And you can use these at any time of day because, unlike caffeine after noon, they won’t keep you up or disrupt healthy sleep.
Let’s jump right in!
#1. Apple Cider Vinegar Energy
- 8-16 ounces water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (make sure it contains “the mother’)
- the juice from half a lemon
This energy-boost is going to improve digestion, balance your blood sugar levels, curb your appetite, and give you a healthy bounce in your step.
You can take this first thing in the morning before breakfast (or before any meal) to increase energy and also improve digestion and immunity.
#2. Reduce Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is the known as the "stress hormone." Too much of it (and for too long) can zap your energy like crazy.
Our modern life tends to keep our cortisol levels high, unless we do something about it.
Here are a few ways you can reduce your stress and increase your natural energy:
If you’re feeling sluggish and tired a lot, you will almost definitely benefit from more movement! It may seem counterintuitive, but getting reasonable amounts of exercise can actually BOOST your overall energy and vitality.
Check out some of the benefits of exercising:
- Increases endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural “feel-good” hormones that help to improve mood, relieve pain, reduce stress and increase energy! These are boosted naturally when you exercise.
- Improves sleep. People who exercise get better quality sleep. People who sleep better have more energy. If you want to optimize this even further, exercise in the morning.
- Strengthens heart health. Exercise boosts cardiovascular health, which then improves performance and endurance.
You don’t need to become a marathon runner or an olympic weightlifter. Simply prioritize daily exercise in some form or another. Make it something enjoyable so it’s easier to make a habit. Push yourself a little, but not too much. Aim for 20-30 minutes every day and see how you feel.
This may sound a little hippie to you, but just wait!
You are an electrical being. Your body is made up of billions upon billions of atoms that make up your 100 trillion cells. Each atom is a particle of energy.
In order to maintain homeostasis, your cells must have a resting potential (charge) that is slightly negative. That means you need plenty of electrons to stay balanced, healthy and ENERGETIC.
What does this have to do with earthing? Mother earth is a six sextillion metric ton battery that is continuously being recharged by the sun’s solar energy, lightning and heat from her core. Her surface is alive with pulsating frequencies that are vital to the biological machinery of global life. Her energy literally influences every living thing on the planet - including YOU.
The earth naturally maintains a negative electrical charge. Negative-charged free electrons are abundantly present on the earth’s surface. When you are in direct contact with the earth (skin touching the ground or wearing non-electrical inhibiting material), the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body!
Also referred to as “grounding,” earthing has been found to:
- Increase energy.
- Improve chronic fatigue.
- Defuse the cause of inflammation and inflammation related disorders.
- Reduce stress and promote calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones.
- Improve sleep.
- Speed the body's natural healing processes.
- Soothe headaches and muscle tension.
- Normalize the body's biological rhythms.
Modern living has disconnected us from mother earth… we are often indoors, we drive cars with rubber tires, we wear non-conductive material and spend the majority of our time disconnected from the planet.
How can you start receiving the benefits of earthing every day? Get outside. Take off your shoes. Stand or sit directly on the earth. Make it a habit. That’s it!
#5. Add Some Superfoods To Your Diet!
If you’re in an energy slump, Mother Nature’s got your back! All raw, real foods contain energy boosting micronutrients, but there is a particular group of foods that really work to target your fatigue.
Have you heard of adaptogens?
Adaptogens help the body to maintain homeostasis (balance). Unlike coffee, sugar, energy drinks and other stimulants, adaptogenic herbs will help you have sustained energy and vitality while also giving you a clearer mind and sense of calm.
Adaptogens enhance your body’s natural ability to resist physical, chemical and biological stressors. They bring your body back to normal from one extreme or another. They work kind of like a thermostat, detecting when something is slightly off and bringing it back to center.
If you are excessively tired, they help to restore energy. If you are in chronic-stress mode or have anxiety, they help to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and bring a sense of calm and clarity.
Here’s a list of my favorite adaptogenic superfoods:
Rhodiola - improves mood, alleviates symptoms of depression.
Cordyceps - improves endurance and stamina, increases libido, strengthens the immune system, enhances aerobic performance, reduces stress.
Siberian Ginseng - is an ingredient often found in energy drinks, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, improves libido, reduces inflammation, encourages a sense of well being, alleviates symptoms of depression, improves memory.
Reishi Mushroom - reduces anxiety, helps relieve insomnia, combats fatigue, lowers blood pressure.
Ashwagandha - supports physical well being, stabilizes mood, improves memory, boosts focus and endurance, reduces cortisol in the body by 26% or more.
Astragalus - boosts immune system, supports the heart and liver, restores compromised immune response due to excessive stress and toxicity, especially supportive for those susceptible to infections and who have consumed large quantities of antibiotics.
Eleuthero - improves symptoms of chronic fatigue, improves memory and feelings of well being, alleviates symptoms of mild depression.
Maca - highly beneficial for reducing fatigue and enhancing energy, boosts endurance, contains 55 phytochemicals that improve vitality, heightens libido, may decrease anxiety.
Those top four superfoods (rhodiola, cordyceps, Siberian ginseng, and reishi) are ALL included in Organifi Red Juice. That's probably why so many people tell us that Red Juice has helped them quit their morning coffee or stop feeling that "afternoon slump." Superfoods for the win!
Your energy is up to you! If you are tired all the time, the good news is that you can do something about it.
Try out some of these energy-boosting methods for yourself and let us know which ones work the best for you!
- Drew Canole (and the Organifi Team)