Energy is the source of life and your own inherent genetic vitality and state of mind. The best way to build your energy is to tune into what your daily needs are, ensuring that your body and mind are well nourished and energised when you need them to be.
Energy is the source of life. Your digestive power, your nutritional levels, your breathing, your inherent genetic vitality and your state of mind are all important contributing factors to our energy levels. Energy will also be affected by your age, sex, exercise patterns, quality of sleep, climate and the time of year.
By ensuring that we receive adequate periods of rest and sleep, have a good nutritious diet, regular appropriate exercise and a positive state of mind, our energy levels can become balanced. However, this is often easier said than done.
Energy building habits
- Before 7am is often the best time to get up in the morning; the longer you lie in, the more sluggish you can feel. Give it a go for a week, and see how you feel.
- Have a warm shower and ‘skin brush’ using a loofa or skin brush to get your circulation going.
- Simple stretches, breathing exercises and/or yoga to encourage circulation and energy flow throughout the body.
- A daily bowel motion will not just clear the bowels, it also clears the mind and activates the digestive system, so that it works more efficiently throughout the rest of the day.
- Eat a nourishing warm meal first thing in the morning that will sustain your blood sugar levels and energy. Try organic porridge with almond powder, honey and hemp seed oil. If your digestion is sluggish take some digestive herbs before you eat such as fennel and/or ginger. These will increase digestive enzymes, facilitate absorption of vital nutrients and relaxes the bowel to stop bloating and constipation.
- Drink warm herbal drinks throughout the day. Warm drinks improve digestion. Avoid too much caffeine as, like all stimulants, it creates a ‘peak and crash’ effect.
- Eat sensibly for the rest of the day, primarily warm foods. If food is warm it is pre-digested and easy to absorb requiring less energy from you. If you feel sleepy after eating, warm food is a must.
- Have a regular oil massage. Oil nourishes the skin, clears toxins and deeply relaxes you. Good energy also requires good rest and massage helps that.
- If you lead an energy demanding life take a tonic adaptogen to support the adrenal glands. Herbs that will keep your whole system tonified, reduce the negative effects of stress, help detoxification and help strengthen and energise your system such as licorice, ashwagandha, ginseng and holy basil.
- Find some peace of mind. Whist this is a relative and subjective experience some practices are known to help this; meditation can help you understand the nature of life which certainly helps you achieve peace of mind. Listening to some relaxing music goes a long way to experiencing a sense of inner peace.
- Have some fun. There is nothing like a good laugh and some good times with friends and family to get your energies going.
- Go to bed early, preferably before 11 at night. This helps you get a good nights rest. To help with sleep try relaxing herbs such as chamomile, valerian ashwagandha and hops.
The best way to build your energy is to tune into what your daily needs are. Where are you using lots of energy? Is it in facing the challenge of digesting the food you are eating? Is it in the mental struggle of finding contentment? Is it from not sleeping properly? Whatever it is try and add some of the above suggestions into your daily life and I hope that they go a long way towards giving you the energy and health that you deserve.
Ginseng: Red Ginseng is an adaptogen, strengthening the (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal) (HPA) axis. It specifically supports and spares the adrenal glands by increasing their capacity to produce stress hormones. This generates efficient energy production whilst also protecting against exhaustion. Ginseng improves overall performance. Ginseng is suitable for the very active as well as the elderly. It supports muscle regeneration and repair, as well as improving oxygen availability, whilst also nourishing depletion caused by prolonged illness. It is exemplary at enhancing mental and physical performance by enhancing the life-force.
Tulsi (Holy Basil): Tulsi is a mild nervine that heightens awareness and mental clarity. Tulsi stimulates the cerebral circulation whilst also relaxing the central nervous system. This unique quality enables tulsi to awaken the mind bringing mental clarity whilst also calming any nervous tension. Tulsi will restore exhausted adrenal glands, particularly where these have become weakened by trauma, depression and anxiety. It also directly influences the stress response and modulates the release of stress hormones.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is a calming adaptogenic tonic to the nervous and immune systems. It strengthens an exhausted nervous system by helping it relax whilst also energising the body and mind by nourishing the adrenal glands and the entire Hypothalamic Pituitary Gonadal axis (HPTA). It both spares (bringing more capacity) and strengthens (bringing more potency) the stress, immune and reproductive responses helping with poor memory, poor sleep, low energy, depleted muscle tissue, cellular derangement, abnormal immune behavior and low fertility. Ashwagandha is a calming tonic adaptogen. Adaptogens improve overall well-being through optimising the functioning of all your organs. Adaptogens such as ashwagandha, increase energy, increase inner strength, improve libido, balance the stress response, improve blood sugar levels, optimise protein synthesis and reduce inflammatory cortisol levels. Tonic adpatogens like ashwagandha will calm the nerves and restore endocrine functioning.