If there's one thing that’s on everyone’s list of desires, it's energy.
With more energy comes achievement of your other desires; a fitter, healthier, sexier body, a more fulfilling life and a happier you.
Chronic, underlying inflammation and sickness is generally at the heart of a lack of energy. This can come about because of poor diet, an overworked lifestyle, ongoing stress and anxiety as well as a number of other contributing environmental conditions.
The comforting news is studies are continually showing the importance of diet in riding a person of underlying sickness and bringing a person back to optimum health with boundless energy. Therefore change can be made and the first step can begin now.
Here’s 8 ways to increase your energy, starting today:
1. Remove inflammatory foods
If at the heart of sickness is inflammation then it’s important to rid the body of any foods that cause an inflammatory response. Food containing dairy, wheat/gluten, artificial sugars and sweeteners, transfats, alcohol, low-quality cooking oils, processed meats and bottom-dwelling animals such as prawns and pigs should be avoided.
There is of course wiggle room to allow for these foods on occasion, but this should be no more than 10-15% of your total diet.
Try removing these foods completely for 6 weeks and you’ll see a huge difference in your energy levels and overall health. We guarantee you won’t want to even touch these inflammatory-causing foods once you see the difference.
2. Drink Cleaner Water (And More of It!)
You can survive for a number of days without food, but without water it could be lights out in less than 72 hours. Up to 60% of the adult human body is water, so it’s obvious the more water you drink and the higher the quality of water it is, the better your body will perform.
In many parts of the world tap water is polluted with toxins as well as the hotly debated fluoride, so choosing a filtered source of water is ideal. Drink water that is purified, either by purchasing an in-home purifier or by purchasing spring water in bulk from the shops.
Make a habit of drinking up to 3-4 litres a day and you’ll see a big difference. Some of the easy ways to incorporate more water into your diet is to drink 1 litre of filtered water upon waking up and then keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day.
A couple of fun ways to drink more water is through flavouring and alkalizing your water which will provide greater health benefits, as well as drinking organic green teas.
3. Boost Your Immune System
A huge amount of energy is used on the daily functioning of your immune system. If your immune system is properly cared for and boosted in the fight against sickness, then more energy will be available for other areas of your life.
We have a number of immune-boosting Superfoods which will promote optimal daily health in your life, and therefore greater daily energy.
We would also recommend Vitamin C which has ascorbic acid which is the chief antioxidant (sickness fighting molecule) for your body. This can be found in high doses naturally in our Camu Camu Powder.
4. Have a Power Nap
A power nap is scientifically proven to boost cognitive function, mental clarity and overall energy levels. It’s important to only sleep for 10-20 minutes, during the early hours of the afternoon. Don’t overdo it however, or you’ll have a sleep hangover which will happen if you sleep longer thank 30 minutes.
5. Alkalize Your Body
An alkalized body is a healthy body. Sickness thrives in an acidic state, so following an alkalized diet full of fresh vegetables will provide the necessary vitamins and nutrients to promote health and energy.
Alkaline foods include broccoli, kale, almonds, chestnuts, ginger, cinnamon, cauliflower, watermelon, celery, berries, bananas, apples, lemons, cucumber, kale, peas, spinach and onions, peaches and pears.
6. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
The benefits of exercise on your body are almost uncountable. Weight control, increased mood, better sleep, greater libido, warding of sickness and disease are just a few.
However not everyone knows a little secret of exercise. Short, sharp, high intensity interval training at a high intensity provides a greater benefit to your body then most forms of exercise, and when done in the morning will kick start your body into providing a greater volume of energy and an increased mood for the remainder of the day. Start with 7 minutes and build up to 20 minutes a day of HIIT each morning.
HIIT focuses on rapidly increasing your heart rate through high intensity training for 1 minute and then returning back to an approximate range of 60% of your max heart rate for the next 1 minute. This pattern of 1 minute high intensity and then 1 minute 60~% should continue for the duration of the training period.
7. Learn to Breathe effectively
The art of deep-breathing is one of the least looked at aspects of health in our modern world. For thousands of years breathing through relaxing mediative states have increased energy and vitality for generations of people around the world.
There are many different forms of meditative-relaxation based techniques; however for those without experience a simple, yet powerful solution is to practice deep-breathing techniques in nature.
Putting this into your morning routine or during your lunch break will increase your energy and provide the life-giving energy that comes from deep breathing.
8. Eat Superfoods
As we all know, we are what we eat. In our fast-paced modern style of living it can become almost impossible to get the required nutrients in during your day to achieve optimum energy levels.
Taking Superfoods during the day through a convenient shake or snack will replenish your body with high levels of energy-promoting vitamins, minerals and nutrients.