By Danielle Ryan Broida
Registered Herbalist (AHG), Holistic Nutritionist, and Instructor of Mycology
Who isn’t looking for more energy?
Research tells us that if you’re constantly waking up exhausted with low energy levels, you’re not alone. When it comes to energy levels, sleep quality is a major component, but it isn’t the only factor.
There are basic elements of your lifestyle that play an integral part in your energy and these include sleep, diet, and exercise. Not too surprising, right? Our natural energy can be at adequate levels or plummet, depending on how well-balanced and wholesome our diet is, whether we’re exercising regularly, and how many hours of sleep we’re getting each night (we really should be aiming for 7–8 hours or more!).
That being said, life is busy and stressful, and sometimes keeping one or all of those things at optimal levels is just not possible, resulting in the need to reach for an energy kick. There are loads of choices out there for a jolt of energy. The most common ones are caffeine-laden coffee and energy drinks. While caffeine definitely stimulates your central nervous system, making you feel more awake, it also can deliver many side effects including ones you may be familiar with such as shakiness, rapid heartbeat, and insomnia.
So if you find yourself looking for a natural more steady pick-me-up, consider this list of top natural ingredients to increase energy.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is your brain’s best friend by supporting productivity, creativity, and focus. Think of Lion’s Mane like a pencil sharpener, allowing you to be on point as you put your mind to the next task. To get the most benefits, extract the Lion’s Mane wood-grown fruiting bodies and then spray-dry the concentrate. Influencer, speaker & art director, Chelsea Yamase describes Lion’s Mane as “an indispensable part of my morning routine” and something that “enhances my productivity” and gives her “deeply focused, even energy”.
Wondering why it's called "Lion's Mane"? Fluffy, bright white, and typically found growing on hardwood trees, this shaggy mane mushroom resembled the mane of a lion.
Cordyceps are famous among endurance athletes all around the world. Studies show that it supports energy and endurance. They also have strong antioxidant properties, protecting and supporting your body at the cellular level and giving your immune system a helping hand. This helps with overall energy since your immune system often gets compromised when you’re chronically tired and overexerted. The power comes from the fruiting body of Cordyceps militaris mushroom. Consume for a pre-workout kick, and to support post-workout recovery.
Our bodies require set levels of micronutrients and when these levels are off, it can’t run at its best. Each nutrient has a set role, and when it comes to energy and fatigue, there’s one vitamin we lean on most: vitamin B12. Along with other B vitamins, B12 plays a role in metabolism, helping to take the food you eat and convert it into a form of energy that your cells then use.
Often called the “Golden Root”, Rhodiola root is a super adaptogen, known for its support of concentration, memory and it's been used for centuries to help the body cope with stress. . Best to consume Rhodiola roots that are wild-harvested from the mountains of Tibet and then dual-extracted.
CoQ10 stands for coenzyme Q10 and plays a role in our body’s energy production at the cellular level. Specifically, it is an enzyme naturally made in the body and feeds the energy-generating mitochondria within your cells. Cells use the CoQ10 present to make energy and protect themselves, but when your natural CoQ10 levels dip, your cells can’t produce the energy they need, resulting in general fatigue[*]. You can get CoQ10 from whole food sources such as meat, fish, and whole grains.
This super leaf is native to the upper Amazon and brewed like tea. The Kichwa people in the Ecuadorian Amazon call this leaf their connection to the dream world.
Introduce the top ingredients on our list of natural energy sources into your daily routine.
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