This image horrifies me! Yet I see people of all ages drinking these cans of “energy”…even some otherwise “healthy” individuals post about not only drinking these sugar and caffeine bombs, but actually do it to “boost” their exercise program! We need to redefine health in this country. Health is when every part of your body functions in the way it should, and when you look and feel your very best…that means every cell is doing its job, and every tissue, organ, and organ system is doing exactly what it was created to do: keep you from getting gravely ill, help you recover quickly, and have many more days of good than bad.
One tell-tale sign of good health is a good amount of daily energy: what you need to do well throughout your day. How to get your best energy?
Prayer and Meditation: you only exist because and through Father God, creator of all…we
don’t even get to take a single breath without Him…call on Him for everything!!
Spend time with God, checking/adjusting your purpose daily
Purposeful living: you were created for a specific purpose…when you are not fulfilling
that purpose, or when you are not feeling loved, your energy levels can sink dangerously low.
Sleep: get at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, daily
Food: needs to come not merely in form of calories,but in form of dense nutritional value,
which translates to fresh raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds
Cellular bio-availability: this is what allows the body to turn what it gets into something
useful…and it requires all of the above.
Hydration: NOTHING can get done, without proper hydration; 1/2 your body weight in ounces,
Detoxification: you may be sensitive or allergic to foods, compounds, chemicals,
environmental factors, or animals, and as your body tries to deal with that, your energy
levels will go way down! This includes toxicity of negative emotions and mental thought
When your energy is depleted, you are likely depleted in one of the first six areas, and possibly not well versed in the seventh area, OR, your body may be fighting some low-lying illness, OR, as a woman, you may be pregnant.
A low-lying illness or disease can literally be anything, but more often than not, it is a bacteria, virus or parasite, which is sapping the strength of your body. When your body is sending in the soldiers to fight the invading microbes, all other systems need to be slowed down, to conserve energy for the body’s recovery.
When you are really unhealthy, this process can literally take you down and out for the count. When you have been taking in great nutrition, this can seem more of a mystery. As an example, people taking Juice Plus+ will rarely have full blown symptoms of any kind, so it is much harder to “diagnose”, or decipher what may be happening. While there is a certain comfort in figuring out an exact cause, it’s often elusive. So what you can spend your time, money and energy on, is caring for your body to get back to optimum health and wellness, instead!
On the HOW:
I will skip prayer, meditation, purposeful living, and sleep, as I will surely go into more detail on those in other posts. On food, it must be densely nutritious, mostly plant-based, in as much variety and as raw and fresh as possible. Organic, when possible, and non-GMO at all times. Sparingly on meat. Removing cow’s milk, and substituting plant milks ASAP! Gluten is often a trigger of a variety of health issues, so imperative to stay away for an entire 30 days at a time…and shoot for 120 days total, before you have even one more bite, to see how it affects you. This means get rid of breads, cookies, crackers, etc…and this means don’t try to get the gluten-free versions, while you are trying to get your energy to return.
For things to be bio-available at a cellular level, your digestive tract must be in great shape…you must have a good probiotic gut balance, and you must be digesting large amounts of enzymes and minerals. You MUST get on a good, whole-food based nutritional support system, (I only recommend Juice Plus+), add minerals (Young Living brand of Mineral Essence), Enzymes (Complete Shake from Juice Plus+), and add Sulfur to your daily regimen: it allows for cells to garner and use the energy that is being harvested from plant food.(Young Living brand of Sulfurzyme).
Proper hydration will make all things work correctly…make sure it is filtered, and that you don’t fall behind in drinking what you need, daily! For many people, this one change can have a huge impact on their energy!
Detoxification MUST be a part of your lifestyle…and for physical toxicity, it includes testing yourself by purposefully staying away from things you wonder may be causing you issues, and then introducing them back…if they are a problem for you, you will know right away! Detoxification is a by-product of daily healthy choices, but can and must be willfully engaged by clearing out toxic issues for you, as well as learning how to use foods, and essential oils to facilitate detoxification.
One kind of toxicity that most people never address, is emotional toxicity and mental negativity. Whether from within yourself, or due to the brokenness of others, we need to detox DAILY! This is the toughest one of all…when you feel beaten down, or discouraged, or anxious, or depressed, or like you don’t matter, it can literally suck the life energy out of you. This again requires its own post. But finding a way to deal with this particular kind of toxicity is essential, and everyone is susceptible to building up toxicity in this area, because it is so neglected!
If you love your body, and want it to work well for a long time to come, please make sure you never touch any of those so-called energy drinks on the market. If you want to boost your energy properly, and in a healthful way, do the great things I shared in this article, and you will see some marked improvements!