Energy and Fatigue
The first thing in understanding how the have more energy is understanding why we loose it in the first place. Fatigue is a primary symptom of toxicity. Reversing toxicity by undergoing a detox program will lead to more energy. Detoxification liberates the body from an excess workload imposed on the body’s organs, primarily on the liver. When this overload is relieved, it allows every part of the body to function more effectively, which leads to the feeling we call energy.
The second thing to understand about having more energy is that every quick energy boost ends in a fall. Caffiene products and energy drinks may make you feel energized for 20 minutes, but they steal this extra energy from your adrenals and ultimately creates a fall. There’s good news, though. There are many healthy and natural ways to boost your energy level without resorting to temporary means.
Looking for a quick fix in the improved energy department? If you’re basically healthy, are not 30 pounds or more overweight and not pregnant or nursing, than a quick fast can be very helpful. By quick, we mean a few hours or 1 day maximum. However, we do not advocate quick fixes because the major and mostly temporary changes to your body is not an effective detox and produce little to no long term health benefits. Our first suggestion is to learn How To Start Detoxing in a safe, natural and effective manner. Below are some tips to get you started:
- Begin your morning with a simple deep breathing exercise. 5 – 10 long deep breaths will fuel your brain and muscles with oxygen. For optimal results, repeat this breathing exercise every few hours throughout your day.
- Don’t skip breakfast. Most health experts and professionals agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sleeping is actually a form of fasting and it is important that we eat a healthy and balanced breakfast to “break” our “fast”.
- Reduce your exposure to toxins. For more information on sources of toxins and how to avoid them, see Toxins in Everyday Life.
- More water, less soda, and no energy drinks! Increase the amount of water you drink to 8 to 10 glasses of pure water per day or more. Additional water is the easiest and cheapest way to improve your body’s detoxification processes. While energy drinks may offer an initial (and perhaps pleasant) buzz, it will be followed by an inevitable crash.
- Reduce or eliminate junk food, especially those high in preservatives and other chemicals. Go for nutrient-rich whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, legumes and whole grains.
- Don’t eat big meals. They are a direct cause for fatigue.
- Cut down on heavy meat consumption and trans-fat intake. They take a lot of energy to digest and ingesting a high amount of animal protein causes fatigue (the common “food coma”).
- Make sure you get the adequate vitamins and minerals in your diet. If necessary, add essential detox supplements to your diet as a compliment to your healthy diet.
- Listen to your favorite music.
- Increase frequency and intensity of exercise.
- Enhance your elimination function. In large part, this should be accomplished by improving your diet and drinking more water. If you’re not having at least one bowel movement per day, then we suggest a colon detoxification until your bowel movement returns to normal.
- Get more sleep. We all know how tired we feel when we don’t get a good night’s sleep. A long-term lack of adequate sleep will quickly result in a cycle of long-term fatigue. Afternoon naps and rest time are also beneficial to overall energy. Just make sure you keep them brief.