5 Tips to Resolve Your Personal Energy Crisis
October 27th, 2015 by admin
How’s your energy level these days?
One of the top complaints I hear in talking with people, is low energy/fatigue. In fact, I can’t recall a client who DID NOT list this as a major symptom.
In our society, this is actually becoming the norm. I call it your personal energy crisis. It’s pretty much always a concern for people who approach me, and I know that there are a lot more people are out there struggling with this and other symptoms of dis-ease—they just haven’t yet made the connection between how they feel and their daily choices, OR they haven’t felt inspired to take charge just yet. How often do we just accept the way that we feel as normal, even when it’s SO not normal?
So, back to your personal energy crisis. What gives?
We can certainly blame poor sleep and caffeine addictions. There’s no doubt that these are major players in the human energy crisis, but of course, we always want to know what’s behind the most obvious roadblocks in order to truly solve any problem. Behind poor sleep and caffeine dependence, we have chronic stress. Did you know that in addition to increasing stress hormone production, sugar cravings and belly fat, poorly managed chronic stress, both emotional and physical, also increases oxidative stress and inflammation? Oxidative stress is basically when you have too many oxidative/damaging compounds coming in (think chemical exposures, radiation, toxic waste from bacterial overgrowth in the intestines, etc.) and/or being made during normal metabolism, in combination with not having enough antioxidants and nutrients in reserve to keep the system in balance. This leads to cellular damage, and therefore, systemic inflammation. This oxidative stress and inflammation burns through what little antioxidants you do have in reserve and damages the energy producing parts of each and every one of your cells, your mitochondrion. Your mitochondrion actually create quite a bit of free radicals, or oxidizing compounds as part of their normal functioning, so if you are antioxidant-and nutrient-depleted, which is pretty common these days, these guys can become easily bogged down, and therefore, so can you. Now just imagine that on top of being “crazy busy” and stressed, and not getting enough good food, sleep, water and exercise in, you are regularly exposed to industrial chemicals from say, conventional personal care products, new furniture, a new car, a new mattress, home /work space renovations, plastic-derived chemicals from water bottles and other food and beverage containers. If you live in modern society, and you’re reading this email, this is probably your life more or less, and you’re likely exposed to all of these chemicals every second of every day—especially if you spend most of your time indoors. Your body’s chemical load is a major predictive risk factor for chronic diseases, and as you may have guessed, one of ways chemical exposures and toxic burden contributes to chronic disease, is by causing oxidative stress. You see, when the liver has more than it can handle, due to over-exposure and under-nourishment, oxidative stress ensues, and this is why so many people feel so depleted all of the time, even when they are making efforts to get more sleep, exercise and eat better. There a lot of angles from which we need to address oxidative stress, and that’s exactly what I do with my Enlightened Wellness VIP clients in our initial 90 days together. The cool part is, even though there are a lot of moving parts, it’s all rolled into a practical plan that feels pretty seamless.
Do you have oxidative stress?
If you have a chronic disease like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, an autoimmune disease, Parkinson’s Disease, etc., you definitely have oxidative stress, which contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction and energy depletion. If you experience the following in any combination (the more symptoms you have, the more serious the level of oxidative stress and damage to your mitochondrion), you are also most likely experiencing oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress shows up as:
Fatigue/low energy; digestive issues, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic gas/belching/bloating, heart burn, chronic constipation and/or diarrhea; skin irritations, such as eczema, itchy skin, rosacea and acne; muscle and joint aches/pains; brain fog/spaciness/forgetfulness, anxiety, depression, mood swings; autoimmunity; headaches; and even weight gain or weight loss resistance, particularly in the abdomen. Now, you may be thinking, “How can we zap the oxidative stress & inflammation? What foods and supplements can help to lower oxidative stress and inflammation?” That’s good thinking, and you’ll definitely want to use these tools, but to truly solve the problem, we must also get to the root of it. That’s what the functional nutrition approach is all about. It’s not just about targeting symptoms, it’s about giving the body what it needs to thrive and removing the things that are taxing the system. Now, this is similar but slightly different for everyone, and that’s why an individualized approach is needed. And for each unique person, the best approach is made up of several strategies used simultaneously. That’s exactly what we figure out in the Enlightened Wellness VIP 90-Day Intensive.
Here are my top 5 tips for resolving YOUR personal energy crisis:
These are some of the biggest factors that I see work every time for my clients, short of some tweaks for each individual. Remember–address these simultaneously, and you’ll get the most benefit.
- Remove inflammatory foods, caffeine, alcohol, added sugars and chemical food additives with an elimination diet. My clients get great results with the Autoimmune Protocol, which can be individualized and made practical for each person.
- Remove/reduce pathogenic microbial overgrowth in the gut and replenishing good bugs with probiotics and fermented foods.
- Reduce environmental toxin exposure by switching to natural personal care and cleaning products, using glass water bottles and food storage containers instead of plastic, using a water filter and air purification system at home and at the office, if possible. Reduce emotional toxins as well, which I address with my clients via Transformative Coaching. Start by spending less time with people who gossip and complain and more time with positive people who lift you up and inspire you to be a better person.
- Eat chemical-free/organic and local produce that is fresh and has been plugged into the soil as recently as possible, for nutrient retention and even some good microbes. Farmer’s markets and local Community Supported Agriculture, in addition to growing what you can, are great ways to keep your food local and fresh.
- This is a big one. Eat more greens! Get at least 3 servings of leafy greens each day, like kale, chard, watercress, spinach, arugula, salad greens, and even wild greens, like purslane and dandelion greens (make sure you know that these haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides). Greens are great for energy production, because of their chlorophyll content. New research shows that we don’t just make energy from glucose like we once thought. We also make it from sunlight, and from chlorophyll, the substance that makes plants green. If you remember from science class, chlorophyll is energy made by plants from sunlight. So, this tip is actually two-fold: eat more greens and get out in the sun on the daily for an energy boost. Additionally, the nutrients from a plant- and greens-rich diet, will protect you from the sun’s rays as needed. Now, I also want to let you in on a little secret supplement tip: In addition to eating your greens, you can also supplement with chlorophyll. Here in New Mexico, we have an excellent source of supplemental chlorophyll, made in Santa Fe, from locally grown greens. It’s called ChlorOxygen, by Herbs, Etc. I take about 2 dropperfuls per day in water, and I recommend that you do the same. Add a dropperful to at least 20 oz of purified water (preferably in glass). When you’re halfway done with your water, fill it back up. Keep doing this until the water is clear, and then add another dropperful, repeating this process. You’ll not only get more cholorphyll into your system this way, but more water, and that’s important energy-wise, as well!
I hope these tips inspire you to take charge of your health, in only the way that YOU CAN!
Now, raise your hand if….
You are ready to resolve YOUR energy crisis and a whole lot of other symptoms at the same time.
You are ready to make some BIG changes to get BIG results in your health AND your life.
You realize that you need a guide to show you what to do to feel better AND keep you on track!
You are tired of trying to do this on your own.
You want to embark upon an experience that will change the way you see yourself and your health, so that you no longer have to TRY SO HARD to be healthy—YOU JUST ARE.
If you raised your hand, and you are ready to invest in yourself in order to maximize the quality of this life you have been blessed to live, I would LOVE to chat with you. Feel free to schedule a FREE 30-45 min Enlightened Wellness Clarity Session with me. No strings attached, but I do ask that you only schedule this session if you are serious about the possibility of working together, which means that you should read up on my philosophy and the Enlightened Wellness VIP 90-Day Intensive before you schedule.
I hope to talk with you soon…Here’s to YOUR Enlightened Wellness!
Health and Happiness,