Why am I always tired? Sound familiar? Do you think getting more energy means drinking more coffee, soda or an energy drink? The reason we are so tired is our bodies are bogged down with chemicals and pesticides from what we eat, drink and breath. Our environment and the foods we eat are a chemical dumping ground. Once the chemicals get into our body, it starts fighting for us to be healthy. When our bodies can't fight anymore, fatigue causes disease to set in.
Inherently, we know this is the truth. But it is hard to change our routines. We may not know where to start. We may not realize where the chemicals are lurking in the products we buy and eat. For example, a lot of people think using a water filter either on the faucets or in the refrigerator creates healthy clean water. Think again! The water supplied in the US is allowed to have a certain percentage of chemicals in it. Chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, chlorine, fluoride, lead and mercury. Simply adding a purifier will not eliminate all of it.
In order to overcome fatigue, it will mean making changes in your current routine. Whenever we focus on change, it can be easy to become discouraged quickly. This is one reason New Year's resolutions usually fade. We expect instantaneous results. Unfortunately, after years of energy zapping routines an overnight solution will not work. It will take time. The good news is that habits are formed in 21 days - good or bad! When you read the list below of key activities to add to your routine, select one to start. After that new habit becomes routine, add another. Pretty soon, you will be doing all 6 and you will feel great. Then when your friends and family ask you how you stopped being so tired all the time, you can share your routine.
To stay on track, I recommend scheduling or writing down the activity you are working on. You may need to start slowly. Maybe incorporating the activity three times a week until you can add a fourth. A benefit of writing down your progress is that you can see how far you have come and how different you feel. You can also tell friends and family about what you are trying to do. Then talk to them about it, which will help keep you accountable. Here we go!
EAT CLEAN ORGANIC FOOD
Nothing could be as important for gaining more energy than to eat food that has not been grown with pesticides or chemicals. Pesticides disrupt our bodies natural processes. Our hormonal systems gives us energy. When it is interrupted, we feel sluggish and tired. Hormones help us convert food into energy to power our cells and organs.
Organic food eliminates pesticides helping our bodies to focus on the most important task at hand, converting food into energy. I strive for at least 80% organic at every meal. Organic is becoming easier to buy. When Doritos has an organic offering, you know organic food has become mainstream. Organic food is higher in nutrients compared to conventional foods.
Since they are higher in nutrients, we tend to eat less because we are fuller faster. Also, you will spend less money on caffeinated beverages and energy drinks when you eat organic. You are simply transferring the money spent on short-term energy boosters for long-term energy from the food you choose to eat. Plus, there are many canned and frozen options which will help cut down on the expense of buying fresh organic produce.
DRINK CLEAN WATER
The only way to get clean drinking water is to buy purified water from a reputable company. As mentioned above, water supplied to our homes is full of chemicals. Those chemicals interrupt our bodies natural energy. Eliminating chemicals from our bodies means we can produce energy and fight fatigue. The expense is worth it. When you drink clean water, you are avoiding disease and medical expenses. Don't like plain water? Add slices of organic lemons, limes, frozen organic berries or fresh organic cucumbers. These will flavor the water to make it fun to drink. Also, it is so pretty when you see the fruit floating around in the water.
DRINK HERBAL TEA
Another reason we are always tired is we are dehydrated. Most of us do not drink enough healthy fluids to be hydrated daily. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water or herbal tea daily. If you weigh 200 pounds, aim to drink 100 ounces per day. Herbal tea is a great alternative to water because it is flavored and can break up the routine of plain water.
SWEAT AT LEAST 5 TIMES A WEEK
The old adage is true, if don't use it you will lose it. Moving your body every day does not mean you have to belong to a fancy gym or own workout equipment, such as a treadmill or weights. There are free home workouts available on YouTube, such as yoga to more intense exercises. Walking is a great activity and doesn't get the respect it deserves. You can get a great cardio workout by walking fast and adding weights as you get more advanced. As long as you work up a sweat for at least 30 minutes a day, the movement is beneficial to your body.
A sauna is another way to get sweaty and gain more energy. A personal infrared sauna can be bought on Amazon. It gets to 140 degrees, which will make anyone sweat! Sauna benefits us by working up a sweat which gets rid of toxins in the body. Once the toxins are gone, our bodies can focus on generating energy. It is also very relaxing since all you have to do is sit and sweat. Think about it as much needed me-time! If you can't buy a sauna for your home, there are wellness centers and gyms with a steam room or infrared sauna.
MATCHA AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS
While we can get nutrients from eating clean organic food, we can't get enough to generate energy in our cells. Supplements are necessary. Key energy supplements are Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), Cordyceps mushrooms, B vitamins, Matcha Powder (Green Tea Extract) and Ginseng. Taking supplements supports your immune system which generates energy for your cells. While taking supplements is great, do not think only taking supplements will reduce fatigue. If you do not follow the other recommendations in this post, you will not resolve your fatigue.
We get trapped into a never ending cycle of fatigue when we don't get good quality sleep. Sleep is necessary for our bodies to repair themselves. There is research showing that getting at least 7 hours of sleep per evening helps us deal with stress and be more energetic. Getting enough sleep can be challenging. There is always more on our to-do list than we have time for. If you can't get 7 hours of sleep each night, take one day per week where you don't wake up to an alarm. If you have a spouse or partner, ask them to make sure no one wakes you up and then you reciprocate for them one day a week. This will help your body get the rest it deserves by allowing it to maximize the time it is sleeping in one day.
These are the 6 keys to increasing your energy. I know it is hard to incorporate so much change all at once. If you need to prioritize, start with eating organic food and drinking clean water. Once that becomes routine, add in some of the other steps. If you need extra support, talk to a holistic nutritionist to overcome why you are so tired. You can go to the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) and search for a professional on their website.
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