How To Get Energy Naturally

How To Get Energy Naturally

Energy is a funny thing. For some of us, it comes naturally. We can jump out of bed and get the day started no problem. Yet, for others, it takes a giant pot of extra strong coffee to get our minds to even begin to function properly.

 

Then we can reach those afternoon sluggish moments. That 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. bracket where our bed is calling us loudly. All while we continuously try to get work done even though we can hardly keep our eyes open or our brain working. 

 

As a common occurrence for many of us, it becomes something we don't actually feel we need to overcome because "it's normal.”When in fact, having this lack of energy during the day is something we should be considering to be abnormal. But how can we fix it?

 

With our heart, brain, muscles and liver needing to use energy, our bodies can and should be producing it on its own. But where does this energy come from? The short answer is it comes from what we consume. Kaiser Permanente puts it perfectly by stating, “Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. When the stomach digests food, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose. The stomach and small intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies, to be used later.”

 

With this in mind, we need to understand the types of food we consume will determine how much energy we have throughout our day. For instance, throwing down a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage and white bread, a burger for lunch and a pizza for dinner isn’t going to exactly give you a good jolt of energy throughout the day. The heavy foods can make you feel sluggish and could be the reason you're reaching for coffee to keep you going. Consuming a healthy diet with natural ingredients can increase your energy levels with little to no sluggish time. Below are some natural options you can try!

 

Foods That Boost Energy

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a very popular energizer food across the table. This is due to its slow-releasing energy as it is a complex carbohydrate. Containing the soluble fibre glucan, it forms a gel-like consistency when combined with a liquid. Because of this, our stomachs delay the digestive system from emptying too quickly and will also delay the absorption of glucose. Creating continuous energy throughout your morning (if that’s when you eat it). 

 

Oats are also full of vitamin B, iron and manganese, alongside some other great vitamins and minerals. 

 

When it comes to oats, the best option we have known so far is to soak oats overnight before consuming. This activates the oats and allows for absorption to be successful. You can do this by placing oats in a jar with water and a little squeeze of lemon overnight, rinse in the morning and create your delicious dish. 

 

Eggs

Scrambled, poached or fried, there aren’t many ways to do eggs wrong. When they give us the energy we need throughout the day; it becomes a food we can easily add to our diets. 

 

Eggs are a complete protein which means it contains all of the essential amino acids. That’s 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats, along with B-vitamins and a little vitamin D. Everything you need to give you enough energy to support your day. 

 

When it comes to amino acids, the most abundant source is leucine, which according to Healthline is able to “help cells take in more blood sugar, stimulate the production of energy in the cells, and increase the breakdown of fat to produce energy”

 

Just be wary of your fat intake when making eggs. Eating eggs can be healthy, but if you are adding a lot of fat to the pan or adding mayonnaise to it after, it can take away from being a healthy addition. 

 

Fish

Vitamin B, D, omega-3 fatty acids and its effects on inflammation are why fishes like salmon, sardines and mackerel (and even oysters even though they aren’t a fish) are a great energy source. When we lack vitamin D, we not only lack energy but it can also affect our muscles and mood. As usual, we get vitamin D from the sun, but depending on your circumstances; a nice piece of fish could be your vitamin D answer. 

 

When it comes to the benefits, vitamin B12 in fish can aid in red blood cell development and help our bodies in absorbing iron. Omega-3 is seen to reduce inflammation which can cause fatigue. 

 

Overall, a nice piece of fresh fish for dinner sounds like a great option!

 

Beans

Beans, beans the musical fruit, is able to give you the energy you need to get through almost anything. As another low GI carbohydrate, they are also slow releasing energizers. Throw in some protein, rich nutrients and antioxidants, you really can't go wrong. 

 

If you are someone who seems to finish off the beans, beans song with a few toots, it's good to know that sprouted beans are much better and easier on the digestive system. Every bean is different, but there are some great videos and information online to help you in the process. 

 

Opt for chickpeas, soybeans (edamame), black beans, black-eyed peas and lentils.

 

Fruit and Vegetables 

Fruit and vegetables will always be a part of a healthy diet. 

 

When it comes to fruit, don’t look at their natural sugars like table sugar. They are vastly different. Natural sugars in fruit, although absorbed in the bloodstream for a quick boost of energy, won’t give you the sugar crash other refined sugar products will give you. Being high in fibre with lots of beneficial vitamins and antioxidants make them a great option to grab for when you need a bit of a pick me up. 

 

Opt for bananas (Especially pre and post-workout.), oranges, apples, strawberries and dark berries. 

 

As for vegetables, leafy greens seem to be the go-to choices, although consuming vegetables at any time of the day is going to benefit you immensely. With a long list of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C, E, K, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and the welcomed additions of fibre, antioxidants and folic acid, it is an addition you should make. 

 

Opt for spinach (Try to consume cooked spinach or opt for frozen spinach to add to shakes.), kale, swiss chard, collard greens and mustard greens. You can also go to beetroots and sweet potatoes.

 

Natural Energy Supplement

 

Ashwagandha

As a supplement that has been shown to aid in athletic performance by increasing energy levels, it’s only obvious that ashwagandha is a great addition to your diet. As an ancient medicinal herb and adaptogen, it is able to alleviate stress, has been shown to stabilize blood sugar, is immune boosting with anti-inflammatory properties and is seen to increase energy, stamina and endurance. 

 

As an up and coming herb in the health world, Ashwagandha is going to be your best option for consumption when it comes to choosing in natural energy supplement. We have our 100% vegan friendly Natural Ashwagandha supplement with an addition of black pepper for better absorption. With all natural ingredients of 1300mg Organic Ashwagandha and 10mg of Organic Black Pepper you will be able to get your needed energy while staying relaxed.

Natural Ashwagandha

 

Does Water Give You Energy?

Although one that seems like an obvious answer,yes DRINK WATER! Do you know what's the most common energy level dropper of all? Dehydration. Even being a little bit dehydrated can alter mood, throw off concentration and change energy levels. 

 

Carry a, preferably BPA free, water bottle around with you and continue to fill it up. You can also look into apps that remind you when to drink a glass of water. Not only will you be hydrated and full of energy, but you will also have beautiful skin, nails, hair and your digestive system will be thanking you! While we’re on that topic, you can even add our Premium Collagen Complex supplement to your water consumption to get more of a boost for skin, hair, nails, and digestive system benefits!

 

Energy is important to us, and what we consume has a lot to do with it. If you feel like you may need to change your lifestyle in order to produce natural energy, then go for it! There is no better time than now to focus on your health. More energy will always equal a more focused, happier and healthier you! 

 

Written by: Kristina Innemee

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