We could all use a little more energy, right? I know I sure could. Busy schedules mean lots to get done and when the afternoon hits it’s not uncommon to start feeling fatigue and that afternoon slump kick in. Here are five simple ways you can pump up your energy and get through your day with energy to spare.
1. Feed Your Brain
There are certain foods you can eat that help release mood and energy boosting brain chemicals. Epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin all are brain chemicals connected to energy, mood, and mental concentration. Eating whole grains gives you the complex carbs that not only increase levels of brain chemicals, but also keep blood sugar levels stabilized by the body’s slow absorption of them. This means adding foods such as brown rice, wheat bread, and whole grain cereals to your diet.
Stretching for even just 10 minutes a few days a week can also help boost your energy. It not only gives you a break in the day, but increases the blood flow in the body and helps spread nutrients through the body more effectively. It is best to do stretching exercises after some type of physical activity instead of when the muscles are cold. So go for a short walk or do some jumping jacks and then do your 10 minutes of stretching.
3. Increase Your CoQ10
Conenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 has been the subject of much research over the last 30 years or so. Findings have reported benefits for CoQ10 for cardiovascular health, stabilizing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, boosting metabolism leading to weight loss, and more. Inside each body cell are mitochondria that produce energy, or adenosine triphosphate (ATP), by using calories, oxygen and nutrients. The nutrients necessary to create this cellular energy include B vitamins, magnesium, lipoic acid, krebs cycle cofactors, acetyl-l-carnitine, and CoQ10. If you don’t have enough CoQ10 you can’t produce enough energy for your organs to function optimally to keep you going. Instead this lack leads to free radical damage which ages your body. The body does produce CoQ10 itself from tyrosine, an amino acid along with a few other nutrients, but the older we get the less we produce. That means finding other sources to replenish our stores. Plants do not produce CoQ10, but animals do, so eating red meat, pork, chicken liver, and fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines can help you get additional stores of this coenzyme. You can also get it from supplements such as this algae and ubiquinol supplement as ubiquinol is the form of CoQ10 the body can use more easily. You also get the added bonus of all the good nutrients found in AFA bluegreen algae, reishi and oyster mushrooms, and polyphenols from olives with this supplement.
Stress takes its toll on the body and zaps your energy. Foods with magnesium, B vitamins (especially B-12), chlorophyll and CoQ10 are some of the best energy boosters and de-stressors. The more stress we are under, the more we use up our B vitamins and CoQ10 and the more free radicals that can damage our cells are produced. Antioxidants are your protection for fighting off free radicals and repairing the damage they cause. CoQ10 can also act as an antioxidant and we’ve discussed foods and supplementation for getting more of this coenzyme. You can get a variety of other antioxidants by eating bright colored fruits and vegetables.
5. Eat Algae
AFA bluegreen algae by itself has lots of the antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids, cholorphyll and minerals that we’ve been talking about. In addition there are specific algae supplements that contain other ingredients found to boost energy. Those include:
Algae and Enzymes – In addition to wild bluegreen algae this supplement gives you the plant-based proteolytic enzymes–bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase found to combat the stress of cellular oxidation and support the body in recovering from exercise workouts.
Algae, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin – Since you need energy to exercise and exercise can help boost your energy, supporting the body for maximum movement and exercise is a win-win. This supplement gives you the great nutrition of AFA, vegetable-based glucosamine, chondroitin, and UC-II® undenatured collagen.
Armed with these simple 5 ways to pump up your energy, you can take control of your energy level and make sure you have enough to get everything done that you want to do.
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