As you may know, I suffer from Hashimotos and adrenal fatigue (if you’re new, you can read my story here.), which leave me desperate for a nap most days. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t have good days where I get everything done and have time to spare – but with all the traveling I’ve been doing lately, those good days are few and far between. Here’s how to get more energy.
How to Get More Energy
I’ve been taking my supplements like a good patient, and while I didn’t want to add more to my plate, I definitely wanted to stop feeling like I need to nap most of the day.
When you’re dealing with autoimmune issues, you don’t want to put more strain on your body than is absolutely necessary…but when you know that regular exercise reduces oxidative stress by improving the flow of oxygen and stabilizing your blood’s PH, you really want to find something that works.
I’ve been working to do gentle workouts, including barre, yoga, and using my Fit Desk while I’m working. Each of these exercise options is low impact, but high value for my muscles and sanity. By getting a healthy workout in, I’m helping my body facilitate mitochondrial biogenesis-which will eventually help my body repair itself.
Science is pretty cool.
Seek Out Superfoods
This post is sponsored by HoneyColony. All opinions and observations are my own.
Superfoods are foods thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health, though there really isn’t any regulation or set of rules to determine when or if a food garners this label.
Superfoods don’t have their own food group,” said Despina Hyde, a registered dietician with the weight management program at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “As a dietician, I think ‘superfood’ is more of a marketing term for foods that have health benefits.”
I agree, though I feel that foods that are beneficial to health are ones that we should focus on, “superfood” or not. Some of my favorite superfoods have helped me to get more energy simply by consuming them regularly.
Other superfoods have helped my body recover when I overdo…like rollerskating 3 times in a week. In my book, something qualifies as a superfood when it is nutritionally beneficial and helpful in cell recovery. The following superfoods meet that criteria (and then some):
Raw honey helps neutralize toxins, relieves pain, is a fabulous cough suppressant (we use honey for coughs in our home), and is anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, and anti-inflammatory.
Bee pollen is rich in antioxidants and in vitamins A,B,C,D, & E, is a natural appetite suppressant, and antibiotic.
Active Natural Prebiotics
Prebiotics help support and fertilize already active bacteria in the colon while increasing fiber consumption, resistance to pathogens, and preventing gastrointestinal infections.
Phytoplankton is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on the planet. It helps to support cell regeneration, repair DNA, reduce inflammation, boost immune system response, combat free radicals, and support organ, muscle, and joint function.
Blue Algae aids in heavy metal detoxing, cardiovascular disease prevention, and weight management.
Medicinal mushrooms ave been shown to contain anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antiviral support, and allow for better diabetes management.
Adaptogens help stimulate the nervous system for a boost of energy without negative stimulant side effects.
Known for boosting immune function, ORMUS also helps by increasing energy and strength, supporting healthier sleep, enhancing mood, improving brain function and promoting healthy pH balance.
Ginger has been shown to suppress allergic reactions, decrease muscle discomfort, provide menstrual pain relief, enhance cognitive processing, offer anti-inflammation support, and inhibit oral bacteria growth.
Turmeric’s medicinal abilities include anti-inflammation, tumor growth inhibition, destruction of bacteria membranes, and immune system enhancement.
Used by bees to sanitize their hives, bee propolis it is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antioxidant superfood.
Royal Jelly’s benefits include skin treatment, treatment for asthma and high cholesterol, and could alleviate adverse effects of menopause.
I take a lot of supplements – but when I find something that combines 12 items that I’d been taking previously…I’ve got to try it. Especially if it’s a once-a-day supplement, versus 3 times a day (as many of mine were).
Naturally, when I found HoneyColony Equilibrium Energy Superfood, I had to try it. I expected to receive a bottle of capsules, and was a little shocked when I got a small jar of a black, grainy, sticky substance. But hey – better than 12 pills, right? I started taking 1 teaspoon each morning…and it was different. But. I didn’t feel the need to nap all day. And I felt far more focused than I had in a long time.
I’m going to be honest here. Equilibrium Energy Superfood tastes like licorice and is the texture of rock salt and olive oil (don’t ask me how I know that). Even still, I continue to take the supplement because my energy is so much better with it than without.
When I went camping last weekend, I left my little jar at home – there were just too many variables to risk it being lost. Those three days completely sucked. I took a nap each afternoon and was ready for bed by 8:00 p.m. The minute we got back, I went and took my teaspoon and I could immediately feel the difference.
Plus, the taste and texture didn’t bother me nearly as much as they did when I first started. Now, I’m not saying sleep isn’t important – it totally is. But it shouldn’t be the only thing you think about.
Sleep is largely overrated – as I’m sure you’re aware. For those of us with adrenal fatigue (or other autoimmune issues), sleep is paramount. It’s something that my body needs more than food, actually. Which is weird, when you think about it.
Plus. sleep means that your body is producing Melatonin, a very important hormone that has larger side ramifications than sleep. Melatonin can prevent mitochondrial impairment, which usually leads to energy failure. So. Sleep means that you’ll be more awake during your waking hours. That’s a win.
Be Smart With Food
One of my pitfalls is that I’m a semi-recovered emotional eater. I’m like any addict…except with food. I eat when I’m happy, sad, mad, winning, losing…and anywhere in between. I’ve even caught myself eating to stay awake.
That’s what coffee is for!
Eating when you’re not hungry can lead to a whole host of problems – especially if you aren’t smart about your food choices. Too much sugar and you’ll end up crashing, feeling lethargic, and possibly have digestive issues.
If you must snack, ask yourself if you’d be happy eating raw broccoli. If the answer is yes, then grab a smart snack – something with quality protein and a small amount of fat to prevent a crash (and energy dump) later.
When you’re looking to increase your energy, try starting with one (or two) of my tips and build from there. Many people choose to start with exercise, but I actually would rather see you get better quality sleep and take a quality supplement so that you have the energy to exercise.
So just pick one:
Once you’ve mastered that, add one more. You’ll know when you’ve found the right mix. Trust me on this one.