Help! I need more energy.

In order for you to have the energy you require it is important that your body gets all the vitamins and minerals and nutrients it needs to function properly. We can get some of our nutrients from food but due to our American manufacturing and handling processes most of the foods we eat are depleted of essential nutrients. Herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals can fill your energy needs that your meals leave you lacking.

Licorice — I always thought of this as a candy. But it is one of nature’s own energy boosters. Licorice is also known as “sweet root”. It contains a compound that is roughly 50 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in medicinal remedies for 1000 years. Licorice provides steroid like factors for the body’s own production of adrenalin. Your Adrenal Glands produce a number of steroid hormones which control glucose metabolism, electrolyte balance and produce adrenaline which is a stimulant to your heart, these combine to create anti-fatigue effects. Not only is Licorice an energy booster it is also used to prevent and treat stomach ulcers, lowers cholesterol and regulates cortisol.

B Complex Vitamins- B Vitamins are needed by the body in order to release energy from the food you eat and to metabolize energy from fat stores when necessary.   B Vitamins promote, energy, maintain the nervous system, improves immune functions, buffer the effects of stress, vital to proper digestion, and influence most internal organs. B Vitamins should all be taken together they are interdependent on how they operate.

Ginseng — Ginseng is a prized herb of Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years. Ginseng reduces weakness after illness, boosts energy levels, increased alertness, balances metabolism, improves blood flow, improves athletic performance and endurance, and regulates blood sugar balancing blood-sugar levels. Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero) is used my many athletes to increase vigor and well-being. It increases the body’s stamina.

Cayenne Pepper — Cayenne pepper is made from dried pods of chili peppers. Not only does it spice up food it has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. It has been used to treat poor circulation, weak digestion, heart disease, chronic pain, sore throats, headaches, and toothaches. Cayenne pepper is the greatest blood circulation stimulant known. Blood flow takes nutrition and healing to your cells and carries out and removes waste materials.

Thermogenic Herbs — Thermogenisis is the process by which the body converts fats into energy. These herbs can be found in Green Tea, Oolong Tea, and Black Tea. I have always used a cup of tea as a way to unwind; I might have to rethink that.

Potassium Aspartate — Potassium is a mineral that is important in the transmission of nerve impulses, regulates muscle function, the production of energy, and the maintenance of normal blood pressure. Potassium works closely with sodium to maintain the body’s balance of fluid. Potassium maintains the balance of fluid inside the cells while sodium maintains the balance of fluid outside the cells. So if you find yourself needing more energy.

Check your vitamins and minerals make sure you are getting all the B-Complex Vitamins and enough Potassium Aspartate. If that doesn’t do it some herbal supplements may help. Herbal supplements can have side effects and are less regulated by the FDA. If you are currently on medications or have a chronic condition, be safe, check with your doctor before you begin taking any supplements. And make sure you obtain products from reputable sources. Beware of Energy Drainers: Poor Diet; Lack of Exercise; Stress or Fatigue


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