Here are some surprising ways to increase your energy reserves!
One of the things which often surprise people who are making positive changes to their lifestyle is the unexpected resurgence of energy that had dwindled away. In the many years that I have been teaching, speaking, and motivating, I have seen countless individuals regain their energy levels… to their astonishment and delight.
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Reset Your Circadian Rhythm
We get “out of sync” with the natural rhythms that regulate our sleeping, waking, and cortisol levels. Living on “second winds” by staying up and pushing past the tiredness does give us energy for a time, but it is borrowed. Cortisol should be naturally high in the morning, allowing us to wake up refreshed, ready to meet the day. Gradually throughout the day, it decreases until it is at its lowest in the evening. Making excess cortisol at night means we have borrowed energy from tomorrow, undermining the vitality we need for our daytime activities.
In the darkness of evening, we make melatonin… our sleep hormone. But we cannot make melatonin in the presence of the high cortisol associated with second winds. When we are ready to go to sleep, we cannot. The quality of our sleep is affected and we do not awake refreshed.
A third key to resetting your circadian rhythm is to spend time outside in the sunlight, especially in the morning. This turns off melatonin production and turns on serotonin, which makes us feel happy and satisfied, ready to meet the demands of the day.
That’s right… fats! But not just any fats. Our cell membranes are made of fats and the type of fats we consume makes an astonishing difference to intercellular communication, hormonal messages, insulin sensitivity or resistance, nutrient assimilation, energy production and detoxification. Consume plenty of beneficial fats and eliminate all sources of damaged, processed, harmful fats. You will be amazed at the many benefits, with increased energy at the top of the list. Not sure which fats are right? Just ask our staff!
Resist Stress with Adaptogens
Your body is constantly making adjustments to a variety of external and internal changes: light and dark, hot and cold, blood sugar fluctuations – even standing up and sitting down. You may not realize that the myriad demands placed on your adrenal glands to maintain homeostasis, or balance, create stress. For example, if you have been lying down, your blood pressure should rise when you stand up and then go back down. Your adrenal glands take care of the stress of this rebalancing; a feeling of temporary lightheadedness is a sign that they are overtaxed. Adaptogenic herbs strengthen your body’s stress resistance and support the adrenal glands in the challenging, second-to-second task of keeping you on an even keel… with energy to spare.
Restore Proper pH
You may know that a balanced pH level lowers your risk of disease and is a key factor in maintaining strong bones, but you may be surprised to learn that it is even more important for abundant energy. Your body produces acidic by-products such as lactic acid and uric acid, which are neutralized by the minerals found in vegetables, fruits, spices, greens and other whole foods. When your body’s alkaline buffers are insufficient to neutralize these acidic wastes, damage to your overall health… and energy… will result.
Regain Insulin Sensitivity
You began your life with cells that took up and used the hormone insulin efficiently, but somewhere along the line your cells became resistant to insulin, creating a whole network of problems in the body, not the least of which is the loss of energy. Now you must restore your insulin metabolism and regain the insulin sensitivity you once had, so that you may regain your energy. Start with real food combined in insulin-balancing meals and snacks, and assist the process of healing with a variety of carefully selected supplements. You will love the energy that results!
Come into any Goodness Me! location and talk to our qualified, caring staff about how you can enjoy the energy you desire and let the deep, energy-zapping fatigue fade away. And remember, the power to change your health is in your hands, and the time to do it is now.
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