Caffeine has become a way of life in America and indeed the world.
80% of Americans use caffeine in some form, typically 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day.
In moderation over the short term, caffeine leads to improvements in concentration and memory.
Yet, heavy caffeine use (4 or more caffeine drinks daily) leads to insomnia, fast heart rate, anxiety, irritable bowel symptoms, or bladder irritation.
Excess caffeine also exhausts the adrenal glands and disrupts hormones and sugar levels.
Caffeine is not your best choice for vibrant energy. There are much healthier choices that nourish your body and provide energy that can last through the whole day.
Note: Caffeine comes in many forms besides coffee. It’s important to know if you’re getting multiple doses of caffeine daily (such as from soda, green or black tea, energy drinks, chocolate, or herbs like guarana). This can be especially dangerous to your health.
If you’re a heavy caffeine user, you’re probably dehydrated because caffeine has a diuretic effect.
Even mild dehydration depletes your energy. Start your day with a big glass of purified water to hydrate your body.
Drinking plenty of water increases your energy by speeding metabolism and flushing out toxins.
Water also enhances circulation, and supports normal colon-bowel activity.
Try to drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses a day to keep your energy high and your body free flowing.
Eating on the run or skipping meals is disastrous for your energy. It sends blood sugar levels too high or too low, and leaves your body crying out for calories and nutrition.
For energy purposes, eat five mini meals a day. Include healthy protein sources to keep your energy grounded.
Also include cage free, organic eggs; organic yogurt; beans; sprouted grains; a healthy protein drink; or a superfood like spirulina.
Stay away from processed foods high in fat and calories, which take more energy to digest.
Include plenty of raw fruits and vegetables for their active enzymes. High enzymes support energy, healthy digestion, and help rid your body of toxins.
Have a fresh, green salad every day. Eat seasonal fruits, but choose fruits that are good fiber sources (like organic apples or pears) to keep blood sugar balanced.
Most people feel a noticeable energy shift by just making a switch to eating more enzyme-rich, fresh foods.
If you’re feeling worn out, exercise may sound like the last thing you want to do. Before you opt out, read the science.
Research shows that sedentary adults who partake in as little as 20 minutes of low-to-moderate aerobic exercise, three days a week, report feeling less fatigued and more energized.
Most people feel the effects of exercise right away. Exercise ramps up circulation, providing more oxygen and nutrient rich blood to muscles so they can produce energy (adenosine triphosphate).
Regular exercise also supports the release of feel good brain chemical like endorphins, serotonin, or norepinephrine.
Try to get 30 minutes of exercise, 4-5 days a week for the best results. Dancing, hiking, yoga, walking, swimming, and aerobic exercise are all good options.
Innergy Daily Tonic supports the endocrine system, helping to fight the effects of stress and rebuilding healthy energy from the inside out.
Schisandra in the formula is an anti-stress adaptogen. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), schisandra is believed to support and protect all of the energies in the body. Western herbalists use it to support healthy adrenal gland function, and promote calm, focused energy.
American ginseng in the formula contains saponins that balance hormones, support the adrenals and benefit energy levels.
Maca in the formula is a caffeine-free, energy herb. As a rich source of iodine, maca benefits the thyroid gland, and can be very helpful for low energy due to low thyroid activity.
Natural approaches for energy don’t exhaust the body. They are supporting rather than depleting.
It’s easy to get more energy without caffeine. Start by cutting back on caffeine, and trying the natural suggestions in this article.
Some people are able to completely eliminate caffeine in 1-2 weeks.