Natural Secrets For Boosting Personal Energy

If you’re feeling lethargic and fatigued, it’s time to shrug off the tiredness that plagues so many of us. Naturally nurturing your body’s energy systems can revive your vitality and rev up your personal energy. An added benefit: You also boost your longevity.

Vitality Secrets

While you may look at vitality as an isolated issue, there are actually multiple energetic systems that contribute to your overall energy level and sense of well-being. Ancient medical practices such as Traditional Chinese Medicine possess well-developed understandings of these systems and recognize vitality as a manifestation of longevity.

Kidney-Adrenal Energy

The “kidney essence” system is a primary system for maintaining vitality. This aspect of the body is highly sensitive to your genetic inheritance. Certain people are born with more energy than others. Western medicine and naturopathy views this system as centered in adrenal function and the balance between cortisol, adrenalin and other adrenal hormones, as well as various sex hormones – testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc. Compounds that benefit the kidney and adrenal system also tend to increase sexual energy. These include Korean ginseng, the medicinal mushrooms Cordyceps and Reishi, several B vitamins and astragalus.

Mitochondrial Energy

Another vitality system involves the energy produced by mitochondria, small structures contained in each cell. The function of our cellular mitochondria determine how we use the oxygen we consume as we breathe and how much energy we can extract from our food (reliant on the efficiency of our digestive system). Supplements that contribute to this type of energy include those beneficial for digestion, such as digestive enzymes, probiotics and herbs that increase digestive “fire” or metabolism. Other beneficial botanicals and nutrients in this category include those that especially support and enhance mitochondrial energy systems (see Botanicals And Nutrients, below).

Powerful Circulation

A healthy circulatory system is crucial for promoting energy and vitality. Herbs and nutrients that create movement in the body naturally benefit energy levels and also boost mental function. One of the most effective blends is the Tibetan formula Padma Basic. This herbal combination includes a synergistic combination of 19 powerful botanicals prized for their ability to increase circulation, boost immunity, support antioxidant activity and promote healthy responses to inflammation.

Eating For Vitality

A poor diet creates imbalances that leave you suffering from low energy throughout the day. The good news: The right dietary changes and supplementation can increase your energy level significantly, sometimes in just a few days.

A nutrient-dense, balanced diet with energy-boosting foods and supplements increases natural vitality by improving digestion, balancing blood sugar, supporting circulation, reducing inflammation and nourishing cellular mitochondrial function. If your energy levels have dipped due to a hormone imbalance, a healthy diet combined with vitality boosting supplements can help balance hormone metabolism while improving overall health and energy levels.

Many people are also gluten-sensitive and experience varying degrees of fatigue after eating gluten-containing foods. Sugar is another ingredient known to drastically deplete energy and vitality, creating inflammation and causing damage to cell mitochondrial systems. If you find yourself consuming foods that rob your energy, follow them with a high-fiber snack and lots of water to help flush harmful ingredients from your system.

The Importance Of Breakfast

One in four Americans skip breakfast, leaving them sluggish and fatigued throughout the day. People who skip breakfast also tend to have higher cortisol and cholesterol levels, making them more susceptible not only to fatigue, but to developing heart disease and metabolic conditions.

It is vital to start your day with a healthy breakfast, as well as to hydrate yourself with 2-3 cups of water early in the morning to replace the significant amount of fluids lost during the night. Chronic dehydration contributes greatly to reduced energy levels. One option: An alkalizing glass of hot water with lemon before breakfast, to compensate for the body’s acid buildup in the morning. This also helps cleanse your system. Although lemons are high in citric acid, their overall nutrient profile and metabolic end products produce an alkalizing effect.

Quinoa and buckwheat are two gluten-free grains that can energize the body and provide numerous benefits as part of a healthy breakfast. Adding blueberries or other berries provides additional antioxidant protection and flavor. A nutritious shake made with fresh fruit, greens and concentrated whey protein is also an excellent morning meal that provides balanced energy and an abundance of nutrients. A proper balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat in each meal helps sustain adequate energy levels throughout the day.

Keep Snacks Handy

Between meals, eating nutrient-dense snacks helps boost energy and balance metabolism. Snacks like fresh apples and bananas are high in vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber, as well as other vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates that supply a quick energy boost. Eating small servings of raw, high-protein walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts or pecans provides a healthy source of potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin B, vitamin E and thiamine to keep you satisfied and sustain your energy levels.

One of the best snacks includes raw, peeled almonds that have been soaked in water for 12-24 hours prior to peeling. Raw vegetables such as carrot and celery sticks, with natural nut butters on top, make excellent, energy-boosting snacks.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Certain medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi, cordyceps and maitake, can provide powerful support for energy and immune enhancement. I recommend the mushroom formula MycoPhyto Complex ®, which blends a combination of six medicinal mushrooms including those listed above, together with beta-glucans. This formula is grown indoors in the United States on a substrate of energy/immune-enhancing herbs, a unique botanical cultivation process that gives these mushrooms a leading edge in powerful energy and immune support.

Botanicals And Nutrients

Stress, free radicals and toxins can damage the mitochondria’s ability to turn nutrients into energy and hinder optimal cellular function. Certain herbs and botanicals, such as Siberian ginseng, support mitochondrial activity and protect these microscopic energy-generators from harm. Ginseng also naturally relaxes blood vessels, increasing oxygen delivery to cells throughout the body to naturally boost energy, without a crash. Other adaptogens that support mitochondrial as well as adrenal energy include Korean ginseng, astragalus, medicinal mushrooms such as coriolus, shitake and maitake. Acetyl L-carnitine, R-Lipoic Acid, L-taurine, B-vitamins with co-factors and minerals are several key nutrients that can enhance cellular energy and overall strength and stamina.

Tai Chi And Qi Gong

The time-honored Eastern health practices Tai Chi and Qi Gong combine movement, deep breathing and meditation in a comprehensive system of mind-body exercises. Their benefits include increased oxygenation, decreased stress, improved circulation, stronger immunity and improved digestion. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are becoming more popular in the West. They provide significant, noticeable results including increased energy levels, reduced tension and enhanced healing capacity. Many people report a feeling of balanced energy, clarity and increased well-being even after one session.

Seasonal Cleanse

A gentle body cleanse during the spring and fall can help detoxify health-robbing toxins and heavy metals, and improve digestive capacity for increased overall energy. The noticeable results of gentle detoxification often include a significant increase in vital energy, improved mental clarity and balanced well-being. Top recommendations for gentle detox include PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin, sodium alginates, medicinal mushrooms and specific botanicals and nutrients such as milk thistle, MSM, dandelion, cilantro and others that support organs of elimination and overall energy.

Getting adequate rest, practicing stress relief, eating a healthy diet, exercising and taking energy-boosting supplements all play important roles in supporting and maintaining energy and vitality. These key strategies not only increase overall vitality, strength and stamina, but support and protect your long-term wellness, giving you the energy to spend doing things which bring joy and naturally give birth to even more energy!

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Dr. Isaac Eliaz

By Dr. Isaac Eliaz

Dr. Isaac Eliaz is a renowned integrative medical doctor, licensed acupuncturist, researcher, product formulator and frequent guest lecturer. He has been a pioneer in holistic medicine since the early 1980s, and has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers on several of his key integrative health formulas. He is the founder and medical director of Amitabha Clinic in California, an integrative health center specializing in cancer and chronic conditions. Dr. Eliaz is an expert in using highly strategic, synergistic protocols to address numerous areas of health including metastatic cancer, immunity, digestion, detoxification, diabetes, cardiovascular health and more. His approach integrates modern science with traditional healing wisdom for optimal health and wellness. To download any of Dr. Eliaz's comprehensive wellness guides, click here.