There comes a time when we could all use a little boost in energy, especially during the busy season of summer! Thankfully there are many ways to support ourselves and boost energy through herbs and lifestyle habits.
Fatigue is a common complaint, especially after long periods of stress, busy schedules or just in general as we get older.
We have to look at the whole picture when it comes to supporting fatigue.
Be in touch with yourself and take a critical look at your habits, daily patterns and how you take care of your body and build your reserves. We get our vital essence and energy from our state of physical and mental state of being. With a little practice and support from certain herbs and foods- you can be feeling your best and ready to take on the abundance of this busy summer season!
An energizing adaptogenic formula that supports your adrenal system and boosts stamina and endurance. It’s fast acting, without the effects of stimulants, while slowly nourishing and building to your adrenal system. It restores mental alertness and pushes back against fatigue. It combines some of the most widely used adaptogenic herbs to protect your body from the depleting effects of stress.
Used as a daily tonic, the formula can help energize, support healthy athletic performance and boost stamina, help restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue and enhance your experience of general health and well-being.
Energy Tonic should be taken not just once or twice and put in the back of the medicine cabinet, but daily as a ritual, as a health habit that stays with you. It’s the little things we do everyday for a lifetime that have the greatest effect on our health outcome.
The leading herb in our Energy Tonic is Rhodiola—the root of an Arctic plant traditionally used to support stress and counteract fatigue. Rhodiola is helpful both in the short term because it is one of our “Stimulating Adaptogens” and in the long term because it builds and supports our adrenal system over time.
Keep this tonic on your kitchen counter in order to create the habit of taking it daily. Take 1/2 teaspoon (2.5mL) 2-3 times a day, straight or in a bit of water or smoothie.
A favorite for supporting fatigue and stress, Maca is very food-like in supporting our body with vital nutrients and acts as powerful adaptogen.
The people of the South American Andes, where this tuber like root is grown, have used Maca as a staple food and for its ability to improve physical performance. Used by herbalists to build baseline vitality, it is valued for its medicinal qualities but also its nutritional value.
It’s a great herb to include in smoothies other recipes and has a pleasant flavor.
1-2 tablespoons in powder form daily makes for a powerful and building way to keep our energy in check.
It’s probably the last thing you feel like doing when you are rundown and tired, but the studies out there show that low- intensity exercise boosts our energy levels. Make it a priority, even if it’s for 10-20 minutes a day, if you continue to introduce it as a daily habit, it will get easier. Experiment and find the best type of exercise for you–maybe it’s walking, yoga, cycling, running or swimming. You should be enjoying it as you are doing it! Plus the benefit of the endorphins puts us all in a better mood!
Adequate water intake keeps everything running smoothly, especially when it comes to energy and adrenal health. Most people are chronically dehydrated, and rely on liquids like coffee or tea to them them through the afternoon, which in turn, usually leaves them more dehydrated.
Ideally we should be drinking 64 oz of water a day, but this varies depending on your activity level and body weight.
As always, maintaining a balanced plate will get you the most adequate nutrition and gives our body the foundational support to continue on without stimulants or sugars. Eating foods that are whole in nature, and less processed will allow you to get the best nutrients available. Stick to fresh and local ingredients when you can, and learn the difference between processed carbohydrates, and whole simple carbohydrates.
Especially when it comes to exercise. Make sure that you are eating a snack that is carbohydrate rich about 30–60 minutes before you work out. This is what our body uses for fuel, so we don’t end up depleting our body or taking from reserves that we hardly have. After you exercise, don’t wait to eat. You’ll want to refuel yourself within 30–45 minutes with a combination of carbohydrates and protein. This provides the fuel we need to replenish bodies after exertion. Carbohydrates are also helpful in feeling more energized after a workout.
Take a hard critical look at your caffeine and sugar intake. Most of the world relies on caffeine to get us through the day or jump start our mornings. We can take as many herbs as we want, but if we are ignoring the fact that we are running on empty and drinking loads of coffee each day and relying on sugar to give us the spike in energy, we won’t ever get to a state of balance. These empty stimulants eventually wear us down, and have us living in a state of chronic imbalance.
Try reducing week by week and make gradual shifts so that you don’t have to quit cold turkey, or are left with sugar cravings.
The body craves solitude and downtime. And sleep is essential for our energy.
It is when we do our best work at keeping ourselves healthy. Sleep is often disregarded as a tool for well-being and its priority on our lists can get lower when something seemingly more important comes along. We know we need it, but are often not getting enough. Sleep allows us to be still and gives our body a chance to rebuild itself physically. It makes us more capable of being happier, healthier and energetic. This is the ultimate building block.
If good quality sleep is a struggle for you—find some gentle herbal solutions here.
To help you shift the mindset around using stimulants to get you through the day. A few favorites to add into smoothies are: Maca, Cacao, Schisandra, Nettles, Tulsi, Ashwagandha and Reishi.
Here’s an example of an afternoon pick-me-up that is full of nutritious offerings, and super tasty:
This smoothie is full of medicinal herbs, adaptogens and nutrients that are essential for our body to thrive and feel full of vitality.
Blend on high for 2 minutes, adding more coconut water to get the consistency right. Serve cold and top with shredded coconut, chopped nuts, fresh fruit etc.
Enjoy around 2-3 pm!
Wishing you boundless energy this summer season!
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