Here are some ideas to boost energy:
HYDRATE: Drink lots and lots and lots of water. According to a recent article in Redbook magazine, ” When you feel thirsty, you’ve already lost 2 to 3 percent of your body fluid. Even this mild dehydration can make you feel tired or lethargic: Your blood volume lowers, which means you don’t get as much blood to your brain and your heart has to pump harder.” I bought a cute water bottle and bring it with me everywhere. I also have a water bottle at home with a straw which makes it that much easier to gulp it down!
DIFFUSE UPLIFTING ESSENTIAL OILS: We are big essential oils fans! I turn to an oil for support in nearly every area of my life, and its so awesome to have a tangible tool that can shift my energy levels! Of course there are MANY oils that can boost energy naturally through inhalation or topical application but my favorites are Orange, Peppermint, Bergamont + Lemon! When you smell essential oils, your body responds by releasing endorphins (which can help relaxation), seratonin (which aids in calming), and even noradrenaline (which is a stimulant). (Woods-Lavoie, 2001). These responses mean that just the act of inhaling essential oils can help your body calm, relax, or get energized!
ANTIOXIDENT SUPPORT: get your super-foods in! We all know how important nutrition is to our overall wellness. If you are feeling tired + lethargic try cutting out processed foods, sugar + some carbs. Try adding in nutrient dense foods like dark leafy greens + fruits high in Vitamin C to give your immune system a boost. I have been making green smoothies mid-morning (check out @simplegreensmoothies for amazing healthy smoothie recipes). I also love green tea, chia seeds and Ningxia Red (goji berry superfood drink) for supplementing my nutrition. Gotta beat those free radicals by creating an unfriendly environment!
SKIP THE CAFFEINE: I’ve tried this a few times and did notice a difference. Skip the morning coffee and drink lemon water or tea instead. Wait until mid-morning or after lunch to treat yourself to a coffee. Or try the Bulletproof Coffee, “Bulletproof Coffee is not your average latte. It’s a high-performance drink that has a massive impact on your energy and cognitive function.” Basically you blend your coffee with ghee (grass fed butter) to make a foamy latte… According to bulletproof’s website, “Grass-fed butter is higher in essential nutrients. Your body craves good fats for hormone balance and brain health. But good quality, grass-fed butter also contains omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, CLA (a fatty acid with powerful fat-loss benefits), and antioxidants.”