There’s no doubt about it - stress and fatigue are becoming more a part of our lives - eight out of ten Americans say they feel tired on a regular basis. Some of us feel tired most of the time. Many of us don’t have enough energy for our daily tasks. Almost all of us feel the need for a pick-me-up during a long day. Yet, turning to drugs or controlled substances for stimulation is asking for trouble. Overusing stimulants means dependency, irritability and lethargy, further reducing energy creating a downward spiral. Even traditional food stimulants like caffeine, sodas or sugar usually end up making us feel more nervous and more restless. Natural energizers have great advantages over chemically processed stimulants. They don’t exhaust the body, and are supporting rather than depleting. They can be strong or gentle as needed.
Nutritional therapy plan:
1. Your high energy diet should consist of 65-70% complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes); 20-25% protein, (nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, soy, yogurt and kefir, seafoods and poultry); 10-15% fats (unrefined vegetable, nut and seed oils, avocado, eggs and seafood). Don’t skip meals.
2. Keep your metabolism high, and your blood sugar levels up with healthy snack meals instead of 3 big meals a day.
3. Reduce sugar, caffeine (drains adrenals), and fatty dairy foods (produce clogging mucous). Take this 24 hour sugar test to see if your energy increases: Swear off sweets for 24 hours (have a high fiber whole grain bar instead when you crave sugar). Most people notice an energy boost the next day - without the let down feeling after 2 o’clock.
4. Take a protein drink every morning, like Whey or Hemp Protein. Add spirulina or bee pollen granule as a booster. Protein’s amino acids boost alertness.
5. Keep your iron up - low iron, low energy. Oatmeal, walnuts, eggs, black bean soup, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds (good for B-vitamins, too).
6. Drink plenty of healthy liquids. Dehydration’s first sign is fatigue.