How to Become Your Best Self

There are many ways to naturally boost your energy. While many people turn to energy drinks for a quick pick met up, this does not provide a long term energy boosting solutions. A long term solution must involve exercise, diet, weight control, positive energy, and more.

Diet and Exercise

This path focuses on eating healthy food and drinking healthy liquids. Here are some examples…

Water —  Dehydration can cause fatigue. Our kidneys serve as our primary filtration system for toxins and waste, but they need plenty of hydration. If they are deprived of water, then the liver is used as a back-up. The liver excels at turning stored fat into usable energy, but when it needs to support the kidneys, the liver doesn’t metabolize fat as quickly.

Mild to moderate dehydration is not uncommon among adults.  If you’re an athlete, frequent dieter, or diabetic, you especially should keep an eye on dehydration. You should try to drink 64 oz of non-caloric beverages each day, most of which is plain water. Find a good portable drink container and use it to sip water from throughout the day.

Healthy Food — The type of foods you eat are important to healthy energy levels.   Try to stay away from the junk and eat healthy whole foods such as chicken, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and whole grains.

Eating Frequency —   How frequently you eat is also important to healthy energy levels. Some believe you should never go longer that 2 or 3 hours without eating something. There is some evidence that eating six small meals, as opposed to three large ones, is actually better for your metabolism. Many experts also believe that starting your day with a nutritious breakfast is a great way to jump start your metabolism for the day.

Healthy Beverages —  Many people unknowingly consume lots calories by drinking calorie-laden beverages that are high in sugar, and refined carbohydrates. Switching from soda to a beverage such as green tea is a healthier option.

Walking — One way to exercise almost invisibly is to simply start walking more. Getting into a regular exercise routine can energize you.  Exercise improves circulation throughout the body, including the brain.

Muscle Building — Building muscle is a lot easier said than done, and many people around the world have a hard time gaining the weight that will be converted into muscle. There are two things that you need to do to build muscle: Diet and Exercise.

Brain Games —  Try doing brain games books, crosswords, math problems, or whatever you like to give you mind a workout and boost your energy.

Simple Pleasures and Positive Energy

This path focuses on building self esteem and taking care of yourself. Here are some examples…

Self-Esteem — If you don’t feel good about yourself then likely you’re going to have low energy.  Not everyone is the same. Focus on the positive, understand yourself and your own unique self-worth.

Healthy Relationships — Surround yourself with positive people.  Stay close and talk to people that make you feel good and who you can love and trust. Try taking care of pets or kids. Talking about your fears, worries, anger, or secrets to someone whether a friend, family member, or a therapist can help as well.

Being Productive — It’s good to be productive, whether that be doing chores, taking care of children, going to work, or just finding a hobby.  Not only do these things give you something to do but can also bring out your passion. Being productive can help you feel better, accomplish more, and even bring out your passion.

Sleep —  Adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. If you’re unable to get that amount, power naps can refresh you and improve mental clarity and focus. Take 45 to 60 minutes during the day for a restful nap. If you have trouble, sleeping aids such as ear plugs and sleep masks can help.

Reduce Stress — If you’re emotionally exhausted, stressed, or full of worry then energy is just being sucked out of you. You need to find ways to relax whether going to the beach, exercising, or whatever helps you relax.

Sunshine —  Sunshine gives you vitamin D which can help boost your mood and mental performance. Get outside and take in some sunshine. Be safe, too much sunshine can be harmful.

Parks — Sometimes just getting back to nature clears your mind and can inspire you.

Awakening the Senses — Taking cold showers, listening to lively music, or surrounding yourself with bright colors are a few ways to get a bolt of energy by stimulating your senses.

Energy Drinks and Supplements

Vitamin TabletsPeople with a balanced diet seldom need vitamins and minerals as supplements, but supplements can help compensate for whatever vitamins we may not be getting from the food we eat. Supplements can provide that extra boost in performing your daily tasks and in keeping our body functioning properly.

  • Make sure it’s genuine: Although there are a good number of reliable supplements, there are still some that are fake, ineffective or both.
  • Only take as indicated: Read all the list of ingredients written on the label, including the directions concerning the recommended dosage. and side effects.
  • Seek your doctor’s advice: Consults with your physician prior to taking supplements. This is especially important if you have medical conditions or are taking other forms of medication. Your doctor can warn you if there is a risk of adverse effects if you take them with the supplement.

Energy Drinks – There are many energy drinks on the market. Some energy drinks simply use sugar and caffeine to boost your energy while others use more complex stimulants and supplements.

Vitamin Water —  Vitamins are another way to find more energy. There are many on the market. Each one has its own benefits. Coupled with exercise and proper diet, vitamin supplements can help you live a more energetic life.

Tablet: A lot of people prefer to buy their supplements in this form because it is readily available. Tablets can also come in many shapes such as The Flintstones. However, tablets can also be more difficult to absorb.

Liquid: Unlike capsules and tablets that have a longer passage through the digestive tract, liquid vitamins are more easily processed and absorbed. While only around 40-50% of the tablets and capsules are actually absorbed, liquids claim 90% absorption. Moreover, liquid vitamins generally more r tolerable with patients that suffer from some form of stomach problem.

Medicine

This path is for those people who have a deeper underlying condition that needs to be treated by a doctor.

Sometimes low energy can be an indicator of a more serious condition. Depression, diabetes, malnutrition, sluggish thyroid, and colds and flu are just some examples. Really the only way to address these sort of health issues it see your doctor. They can perform a thyroid test, blood glucose test, and routine bloodwork (CBC). Not only will this help you find out why you’re lacking energy but it can also uncover more serious health concerns.

Do you wish you had more energy? Energy motivates you, fuels you, and allows you to live life to its fullest. There are many reasons you may not have the energy you want including diet, depression, or just simply not getting enough sleep.

The reason you don’t have energy may not be so obvious but with a little knowledge and practice you can implement energy boosting tips into your everyday routine for a happier and more fulfilling life.