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By. Dr Natasha Turner ND
Toronto has been hit my a major snowstorm – and depending on how you feel about Winter, you maybe feeling sluggish and have low energy! Or you might be out there shovelling away with a big smile enjoying what nature offers us. It sure if beautiful IF you don’t have to get anywhere fast…
Are the dark mornings are making it harder to jump out of bed each day? We hear you! Or maybe you find you get the mid-afternoon energy slump? Boost your energy with these quick and easy energizing supplements.
This adaptgenic herb allows your body to adapt to stress and improves endurance and immunity. It also has been found to boost the activity of our “feel good” hormones in the brain (serotonin and dopamine) which influence learning, attention, mood and memory. Traditionally, rhodiola was used to increase physical endurance, work productivity and longevity and to treat fatigue, depression, digestive issues, infections and anxiety. Clear Energy is a great energy boosting formula which has rhodiola in the formula.
Magnesium Beats Fatigue
Magnesium is a wonderful mineral involved in over three hundred enzymatic reactions in the body. When we are magnesium-deficient, our bodily functions on the cellular level, which are dependant upon magnesium, slow down. Eventually this sluggishness begins to manifest on a physical level and we become fatigued. Chronic fatigue syndrome is even linked to persistent magnesium deficiency and conditions may improve with magnesium supplements.
Caffeine is very popular so we won’t go into much detail but it can give you a real energy boost at the start of the day that will let you think and concentrate better. It’s most commonly consumed by drinking coffee but it is also available as a caffeine powder. This will certainly give you enough of a boost to get you over your winter blues.
Tyrosine for Stress Support and Endurance
Research suggests that tyrosine acts as an adaptogen by helping the body to adapt and cope with the effects of physical or psychological pressures by minimizing the symptoms brought on by stress. This is primarily due to the fact that tyrosine is a building block for norepinephine and epinephrine, the body’s two main stress-related hormones. Taken ahead of time, tyrosine allows some people to avoid typical bodily reactions and feelings from stressful situations such as surgery, emotional upset and sleep deprivation. Tyrosine has been tested on humans for increasing their endurance to anxiety and stress under fatigue. Research studies proved that tyrosine supplementation resulted in increased performance in a control group. Tyrosine may also alleviate some of the different physiological problems often associated with the stress of weight loss. L-Tyrosine can be purchased online or at the Clear Medicine boutique.
Green Tea for Stress and Fat-Burning Support
Green tea contains theanine, a naturally calming compound for the brain. Studies have shown that green tea maintains levels of norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is an energy- boosting hormone that is naturally produced when we are under stress which encourages the breakdown of fat.
B Vitamins and Green Food Supplements
If you crash in the afternoon, keep a bottle of B vitamins at your desk or consider a powdered green food such as Clear Greens (the new formula is unflavoured so you can add to shake, smoothie or water) for a fantastic energy boost. Taking your B vitamins to the office allows you to get them into your system at least five days per week and they will be handy for times when your brain and body need them the most.
One last thing – get out and move. Lots of research and anecdotal posts out there focus on the importance of movement for energy levels. Even though it is cold and snowy, challenge yourself to a quick 20 minute walk each day and pay attention to how it changes your mood and energy levels. Trust me, it will!
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By Natasha Turner ND