Post on: February 13, 2017.

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Tired. Fatigued. Dragging your feet. Zonked. Feeling Sloth-like. There are so many ways to describe feeling like you don’t have enough energy. So, let’s kick off feeling groggy, pooped, exhausted. Here are 5 easy ways to boost your energy!

 

Multivitamin

Oh, you already eat a “good” diet, right? For most of us, we plan on eating a fantastic diet, one rich in a variety of coloured whole foods. But, as the day goes on, and life happens…we don’t always end up eating that great. According to researchers of the Sister Study, women were found to be getting more than half of their daily intake of key antioxidants (things like vitamin C, D, B12, iron) from their multivitamin. Iron and B12 are vital to energy production. You’ll definitely be napping in the corner if you are missing out on these nutrients!

Eat More Often

The energy level of children is astounding! Kids are energetic bottom-less pits always in need of yet another snack. But, they have it figured out. Staying fuelled is a great way to maintain energy levels. Try eating smaller amounts of food more often instead of 3 large meals in a day. It’s an easy way to boost energy!

 

Moringa

The green leaves from the Moringa tree (Tree of Life) are well known for their ability to boost energy in Africa, Asia and South America. Almost like a multivitamin in a leaf, Moringa is rich in protein, (18 of 20 amino acids), high in antioxidants and a great source of many nutrients (vitamin E, B1, B2, iron, calcium, magnesium). These leaves also contain vitamins A, C, B3, potassium, coper, phosphorus and zinc. Plus, moringa leaves contain chlorophyll (antioxidant), beta-sitosterols (great for hearts and brains), choline, lutein and zeaxanthin (great for aging eyes). Thanks to breakthroughs in the health food industry, moringa is available in many delicious forms: teas, drinks, shakes, bars and capsules.

 

Bust-A-Move & PQQ

How does your body’s cells get energy? From little battery pack-like sacs called mitochondria. When you exercise your body makes more mitochondria to help produce enough energy to meet your new high-active needs. In other words, if you want more energy, bust-a-move, take a hike, pump some iron, hit the mat…get active! Being unactive and aging are two factors that lead to fewer mitochondria. Ah-ha! Now, you know why “feeling old” happens. New research has been showing that nutrients that support mitochondria can help boost energy levels and overall wellbeing. For example, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid are well known antioxidants. PQQ is another antioxidant you may want to get to know. Research is suggesting that PQQ is excellent at supporting the heath of mitochondria, and may even help your cells make more mitochondria. Yes! Bring on more energy.

A Cool Fact: PQQ has a redox potential of 20,000, while the antioxidant vitamin C has a redox potential of 4.

COMING SOON! For more on energy and aging, pick up Allison’s new book Aging Bites (Released Spring 2017).