For many busy families, May holds a bit of a blessing and a curse. The weather is finally warming up, the ground is thawing and plants are springing back to life. You can let the kids play outside later in the evening & the days are getting longer. We can feel summer break creeping up and the anticipation of summer vacation is so wonderful. May, however, is usually very busy for many of us. Between graduations, practices, end of the school year events, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, getting the garden planted, family visiting, making summer arrangements, etc, etc, etc. Phew!
Many Americans reach for sugar and caffeine to help keep their energy levels up. In fact, the average American eats three-five times more sugar than adults in other nations and we consume more coffee per capita than many of the coffee-producing countries! This kind of “fuel” is definitely not going to provide us with good long-term fuel for our bodies and can lead to obvious health concerns. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to boost your energy without turning to sugar or caffeine.
First and foremost, focus on nutrition. Eliminating processed foods (and yes, that includes sugar- even cutting back on “natural” sugars and fruit) is one of the best things for energy levels. Incorporate healthy fats, organ meats (liver is great for energy!), a variety of colors of vegetables (consider cutting out nightshade vegetables if you have autoimmune disease or joint pain), eggs from pastured chickens, grass fed dairy and pastured meats. Also make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid juices, soda, and other sweetened beverages.
Gentle exercise breaks throughout the day are also a great way to help your energy levels. Try taking a 10-minute yoga break, do a few lunges, run in place, do some jumping jacks, or go jump on the trampoline with the kids! We’ve been collecting quick workouts on our Pinterest page so hop over there and check out some quick ways to get the blood moving!
One of our favorite options is N R G this is our caffeine and sugar-free formula that is even pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly! Athletes also love N R G for during their workout. N R G contains Chinese herbs that help to strengthen the organs in the body. Plus it tastes awesome. Our founder Lyle Bennett suggests the following for using N R G:
“On days when I just can’t get out of the chair, or need that help in the afternoon to have the energy I need, I take the NRG formula and within about 10 minutes I feel like I can do the job. Dr. Kang also says that taking this formula during the day will help you sleep better at night. Granted you usually do not take this formula after 5 pm. It is also a tonic that can be taken 5 days a week, week after week. 5 days on, 2 days off works well for me.”
We hope you’ll be able to find a way to balance your energy and cut the sugar/caffeine habit. Breaking the initial addiction is always the hardest part but once you’re able to do so you’ll notice great improvements!
What are some of your favorite ways to help boost energy? Let us know in the comments below.