If you’re an otherwise healthy woman, but feel that your energy and vitality aren’t what they could be, here are some energy-boosting behavioral strategies, herbs, and nutrients that can help.
1. High-fiber, low glycemic foods. Vegetables, the number one energy-boosting food, should make up at least a third of your diet. Because vegetables are high in fiber, the bulky part of the food your body doesn’t digest, they prevent you from feeling hungry too soon after a meal. And because they’re low on the glycemic index–a measurement of how quickly a food converts into sugar in your body–vegetables prevent extreme highs and lows in blood sugar so you have more energy, improved mental function, and a heightened sense of well-being. Fruits are great too, but try not to eat too many high-sugar varieties, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and mangoes.
2. Moving your body. Our bodies were designed to move and work. Fatigue and low energy are often our body’s way of calling out for more movement. When you exercise, you’re not only getting in shape and moving your limbs, you’re also shaping your mind and moving your emotions. Find something you love to do, whether it’s dance, competitive sports, martial arts, or hiking, and try to do it at least four times a week. The more you exercise, the more likely you are to continue doing so. Best of all, exercise pays you back by giving you even more energy.
3. Detoxing your home. All the chemicals we’re exposed to inside our own home can become a major drain on our energy. Our detox organs, especially the liver and kidneys, have to work so hard to process all these chemicals that they become overburdened—then we’re exhausted. Toxic chemicals can be found in household cleaning products, personal care products, cosmetics, nonstick cookware, plastic food-storage containers, and manufactured foods. Replace all of these items throughout your home with healthy, natural alternatives.
4. Vitamin C. When you go through acute or chronic stress, you can lose a lot of vitamin C through your urine and may experience stress-induced adrenal fatigue. Vitamin C is important in your body’s production of adrenal hormones. If you’re having low adrenal function and are under a lot of stress, take a minimum of 1,000 mg of vitamin C twice daily.
Had to cut-in here before introducing this last point; it isn’t meant to encourage pre-marital or unprotected sex. Take it as an advice to married couples and if you’re yet to, bear it in mind till then.
5. Having sex. Getting your sex life up and running is essential for vital energy flow. What’s more, it creates a virtuous cycle–the healthier and more energetic you feel, the stronger your libido gets. The stronger your sex drive, the more often you’ll enjoy lovemaking. Recharging your sexual energy is good for overall health. All of the energy-boosting strategies here will help to revitalize your libido as well.