We all live in a busy world and you probably have many things you want to do in your life. However, all too often people find themselves without the energy they need to get things done. Consequently, they flop on the couch instead of working out, eat fast food instead of preparing a meal, and put off tasks because they’re too tired.
Optimizing Your Energy Glands
Two glands in the body are very important for energy production: the adrenal and thyroid. Your adrenal glands secrete hormones into your bloodstream so your body can do its work. When your adrenal gland isn’t working at peak efficiency, you can feel run down, lack energy, but you may not sleep well. You may also crave sugar and salt, have headaches, and rely on caffeine to get you through the day.
The thyroid gland plays a similar role. It produces hormones that keep your body running optimally. If it isn’t functioning well, it can cause fatigue, forgetfulness, and even depression.
Fortunately, you can improve adrenal and thyroid function by following these 7 simple steps. They’ll help you rev up your energy-producing glands, so you’ll blaze through your day, accomplish what you’d like to do, and build immunity too.
Step 1 – Focus On Your Diet
If you want more energy, you need to focus on the fuel source. Eating processed or fast food laden with additives and preservatives with little food value will not boost your energy level. It will actually slow your body’s processes as it struggles to cope with toxins.
Instead, focus on a whole food diet (food as close to the natural state as possible). A diet enriched with raw vegetables, nuts, fish and tofu boosts your energy level as its rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins, instead of toxins. You can also eat more of these foods as they’re lower in calories, but you’ll find they keep you feeling fuller longer so you’re not likely to overeat.
If your thyroid is underactive, avoid broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soy beans, and mustard greens as they supress thyroid activity.
Step 2: Eat Frequently
Instead of eating three large meals, opt for smaller meals with snacks in between. When you fuel your body more often, your energy levels remain high. You also avoid cravings for sugar and salt which can cause you to reach for unhealthy foods to satisfy the urge.
A small handful of nuts and raisins, fresh fruit with yogurt, a smoothie, or hummus on rice crackers are all healthy snacks. Of course, you shouldn’t overeat. Your goal is to supply your body with a steady stream of nutrients from healthy sources, so watch your portion size.
Step 3: Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
Too many people do not get sufficient rest. Sure you live a busy life, but when you eliminate sleep to get things done you’re doing yourself a big disservice.
Your body regenerates when you sleep. It kicks into maintenance mode, your blood pressure drops, and your breathing slows. Muscles relax allowing more blood flow. Tissues grow and repair damage in your body. Hormones course through your body, essential for development and growth. The hormones ghrelin and leptin also regulate hunger and feeling full, but when you’re sleep deprived you may overeat.
Sleep also restores energy and supports your daytime performance. Insufficient sleep slows reactions and reduces mental acuity. Sufficient sleep strengthens your immune system, while lack of sleep can cause you to be ill more often as your immune system does not have the time it needs to recharge.
Sleep experts recommend adults get between 8 and 9 hours of sleep every night. You may require more sleep if you lead a stressful life as stress burns energy quickly and strains the body and mind.
Step 4: Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Clinical tests support the amazing benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention and reversal of many health issues. These include lowering triglycerides (fat) in the blood known to contribute to heart disease, reducing inflammation at the root of many diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, elevating mood, and supporting hormone production, just to name a few.
Natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids include oily, wild fish such as anchovies, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna. Flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, oregano, marjoram, and nut butters are also excellent sources.
Step 5: Destress
Stress releases hormones which increases oxygen from the lungs into the blood stream, and increases your heartrate and blood pressure so you have the energy you need to respond the stimulus. Unfortunately, stress also consumes energy your body needs for other processes. Consequently, it does not get what it needs to repair tissues, renew cells, or function properly.
It is very important you cultivate a routine to reduce your stress level. Whether you meditate, practice Tai Chi or Qi Gong, or run off your anxieties, it’s vital you do something that restores balance, alleviates stress, and improves your energy level.
Some people claim they don’t have time to incorporate this into their life, but practices such as meditation only take minutes a day. The alternative is low energy levels, diminished immunity, and more frequent illness.
Step 6: Exercise Daily
Daily exercise can be as simple as a brisk 30-40 minute walk to improve circulation, flush out toxins, and increase your metabolism. It may seem counterintuitive to exert yourself for more energy, but studies verify it works.
A summary of over 70 clinical studies involving 6,800 people published in Psychological Bulletin found regular exercise increases energy and reduces fatigue, with better results than stimulants.
Exercise combined with detoxification increases the benefits. You clear your body’s system of accumulated waste, food deposits, and harmful toxins. As a result, your body works more efficiently and you get more from your efforts.
Step 7: Seek Assistance
If you’ve done what you can to improve your health and you destress regularly you may still feel fatigued. You may need the assistance of qualified practitioner.
People are often unaware they have nutritional deficiencies, even though they eat well. If the adrenal or thyroid gland isn’t working at peak efficiency, it may need an extra boost through supplements.
A practitioner can run tests and suggest proper supplements. Self-supplementation without consultation often misses the mark. Many people need a combination of supplements in the correct dosages for effectiveness.