Energy is something a lot of people struggle with. Late nights, early mornings, the stress of work, kids, commuting, doing daily chores and of course trying to fit in a gym session means we often feel tired throughout the day. But how do we increase our energy levels?
With more energy we get more done right? And with more energy comes a more productive and enjoyable day.
The Reason Behind Low Energy Levels
Now before we discuss the supplements which can help boost your energy levels, it’s important to discuss the possible reasoning behind your lack of energy.
Do you do any of the following?
1. Eat Well
What you eat has a HUGE impact on your energy levels. If your diet consists of a lot of sugar, and if it’s also not well balanced you’ll find your diet has a huge impact on your energy levels.
When I was eating bad, consuming a lot of sugary treats throughout the day and also just eating what I wanted when I wanted I found a real lack of energy and motivation. As soon as I shifted what I ate, and I cut out a lot of sugars and started to eat healthier I started to feel a huge wave of energy.
If you consume a lot of sugar and don’t really focus on what you’re eating this could be damaging your energy levels. Make a decision, make it a lifestyle change and heap the rewards.
2. Are You Inspired?
A lack of energy often comes from a state of depression, even if you don’t recognise it yet. When you feel low you don’t feel like actually doing much but sleeping. Do you feel inspired? Are you motivated and driven to get up every morning?
Think about your morning routine. Do you wake up because you have to wake up? Is it your alarm telling you to get ready for work, is it the kids that wake you up, or do you get up because you want to? The more productive you can be in the mornings the better.
Define your purpose, invest in yourself and most importantly feel inspired. The more positive you are the higher your energy levels will feel.
Sounds obvious but it’s not just the amount of sleep you get but the quality of sleep as well. What you do and what you think about before you sleep sleeps with you. Watch TV? Check emails? Feel stressed? Worried about the next day? All of this will affect the quality of your sleep.
Aim for an average of 8 hours a night, but some people (myself included) seem to work better with about 7 hours a night. Sometimes sleeping over 8 hours can have the opposite effect, making you feel more tired throughout the day.
Start productive, feel inspired in the morning and also don’t think about how much sleep you’ve just had. ‘I only slept 4 hours last night’ is a negative thought which will make you feel tired, if you had a bad night deal with it. Have an early night and start again…
4 Supplements To Boost Energy
Of course turning to supplements is a good idea if you’re looking for a quick fix. I’ve tried a lot in the past, and these are what I found to be the best long term.
I used to take Ginseng tablets pretty regularly and saw it did have a minor effect on my energy levels. You can get it from most health stores and most supermarkets so it’s widely available. Don’t overdo it, this isn’t a magic pill, Ginseng is a basic ingredient to boost energy and mental alertness.
Energy Drinks (Shekters Organic Energy)
Avoid Red Bull, Monster and other popular brands which involve high sugar and opt for Shekters Organic Energy. It’s ingredients include Organic Brazilian guaraná for physical endurance, Ginseng for increased body resistance to stress, Pomegranate, Elderberry, and raw green coffee bean extract.
There’s no toxic chemicals, no synthetic caffeine, no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours and most importantly it tastes better than other energy drinks on the market.
The most common ‘energy booster’ is coffee, which of course includes Caffeine. You’ve probably felt pretty low on energy before, headed to the local Starbucks, grabbed a coffee and had a spike of energy. Now the issue with coffee is sometimes we find our energy levels peak, but then crash pretty quickly making us more tired than before. Therefore it’s important to invest in better coffee which have longer lasting benefits.
I personally drink Organic coffee, and I tend to drink it with Grass Fed Butter and Coconut Oil (better known as ‘The Bulletproof Coffee’. This personally helps me avoid that crash and sustains the energy boost longer.
You can of course take Caffeine tablets if you don’t enjoy coffee (good for pre workout too) but again take in moderation, don’t exceed the recommended limit.
Chocolate? Well almost. Chocolate is made from Cacao and raw Cacao actually helps boost your energy levels. I go for the ‘Raw Cacao nibs’ and a teaspoon does the trick. It’s great in Smoothies too as the taste doesn’t taste amazing on it’s own.
Not for you? Sometimes a small piece of dark chocolate (over 70% cacao) can do the trick.
Since making the video I’ve been testing out some other options too. Onnit.com have a great range of supplements and I’ve been testing out ‘Alpha Brain’ and ‘Shroom TECH’.
The Alpha Brain supplement does give me a slight energy boost, but it’s more for focus and alertness. It definitely improves my work and productivity levels, but it’s probably not the best option for boosting energy.
Shroom TECH I’ve been using before workouts and found a huge difference. I went from your typical pre workout to caffeine to Shroom TECH and so far this is definitely my favourite. The effect isn’t as instant so I advise taking about 30 minutes before a workout.
So there we have it, some possible solutions to increasing your energy levels. Work on your nutrition, invest in yourself, get quality sleep and use supplements in moderation to keep your energy levels high.
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