Top 5 Energy Boosters
BySarah Axtell, ND •May 26, 2022
Feeling run down, depleted, or burned out? Try these 5 energy boosters:
- Start the day with protein. According to our natural circadian rhythm, morning is a time when we should feel most energized…but that is not the case for a lot of people. If you are feeling sluggish in the AM and are relying a bit too heavily on your morning coffee, try starting the day with protein to give you that “get up and go.” Rather than relying on stimulants like coffee and sugar, aim for protein-rich breakfasts, such as eggs or smoothies with plant-based protein powder, which will stabilize blood sugar and keep you feeling full longer. Eating enough protein is crucial for maintaining a healthy body weight, optimizing energy levels, and maximizing cognition.
- Matcha– Matcha is a form of green tea that is concentrated in antioxidants. Morning is the best time to enjoy matcha as it is super energizing and promotes memory and focus. Matcha promotes memory and focus for two reasons: caffeine and L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that improves mental performance while also decreasing anxiety and stress. Because green tea contains L-theanine, the rate of caffeine release is slower instead of all at once. This results in less of a “caffeine crash.” Drink matcha in the morning as a “matcha latte” or add 2 tsps to your morning smoothie.
- Rhodiola– Unfortunately, we cannot vanish stress. It’s part of life- the endless deadlines, the tending to a sick child or parent, relationship woes, etc. But what we can do is adapt to stress more appropriately with plenty of self-care (exercise, clean diet, meditation) and adaptogenic herbs. Rhodiola is one of my favorite, energizing adaptogenic herbs. Rhodiola has the capacity to strengthen the individual against stress while also enhancing energy and mood.
- B12– Feeling tired and run down? Struggling with depression or anxiety? Dealing with poor memory or focus? Experiencing numbness or tingling? You may be low in B12 and require a B12 supplement. But not all B12 supplements are created equally. Always look for methylcobalamin, the active and most bio-available form of B12.
- Maca– Maca is a plant native to the Andes, revered for its many nutritional and medicinal properties. Maca is a true super-food, for it is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, plant sterols, protein, and essential fatty acids. For an overall endocrine tonic and natural energy booster, try adding maca to a smoothie or in these Chocolate Maca Truffles.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.