There is enough research out there to validate that we simply aren’t getting everything our bodies need from food alone. We have all heard it…the state of the soil, the way our foods are stored before sale, are contributing to the nutritional deficiencies in our food. Of course, if you keep looking you’ll find the opposing rhetoric that food is all we need and shakes and supplements are unnecessary.
However, in my opinion (based on my own experience) I believe the question really isn’t should I or shouldn’t I supplement but rather what supplements should I use?
I heard once that to get the same nutritional value from an orange of 50 years ago today you would have to eat 8 oranges!! Can you eat 8 oranges in one sitting?
The energy shift begins when we start eating in such a way that we can maintain balanced blood sugar levels rather than having spikes and dips all throughout the day. It also helps to make our bodies feel safe enough to use fat as a fuel source because fat has 9 calories per gram as opposed to 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates) Calories are units of energy, we get them from what we consume, we burn them through metabolic processes and also when we move our bodies. The more you move the more calories you use.
Then, when we are nourishing our bodies with what they need – proteins, carbs, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, water – and cutting out the junk our bodies don’t need, then we are setting up our bodies to work optimally and the way they are designed to.
It all starts at a cellular level.
When our cells are well hydrated and receiving the nutrients they need, they work efficiently and can metabolize the energy required. Waste is removed from the cell. However, when they aren’t getting what they need and are dehydrated it’s harder for your cells to do their job. Nutrients find it harder to get in meaning less nutrients in your cells to be metabolized into energy, and it’s harder for the waste products to get out. Is it any wonder why there are so many people that the say they are tired when asked “how are you?”
Hint: The cell membrane is made up of proteins and fats. There’s a clue there as to what should be included our food choices. This includes all the cells in our immune system too…
Tips for increasing energy:
- Start your day with breakfast. Don’t wait until you are so hungry you just grab anything high in sugar to give you that energy hit.
- Base your snacks and meals around protein and build from there.
- Choose real whole foods (a variety) cut out all the processed crap. Mother Nature got it right, real whole foods give our bodies what they need. Processed foods – our bodies just aren’t designed to digest them.
- Cut out added sugars, reduce the highs and lows and the extra pressure put on our pancreas.
- Cleanse your villi – poor diet, stress, smoking, medications – can all “clog” our villi making it harder for them to do their job; plucking out the nutrients from our foods as they make their way through the digestive system and send them out to the rest of the cells in our bodies.
- Supplement – choose a good quality shake and multivitamin. This helps take the question mark in “Am I giving my body everything it needs?” Especially given the nutritional state of our foods.
Everyone is different. People will experience an energy shift at different times. I remember when I first started using nutritional shakes everyone had been talking about an immediate energy shift. I just didn’t feel it. I was already pretty active and ate relatively healthy and I never drank coffee.
It wasn’t until about 3 weeks later while I was sitting watching my daughter’s swimming lesson in the early evening that I realized I wasn’t yawning and feeling tired like I normally would be. And felt that I could go home and do more than just collapse on the couch!!
More than that, since adding in the shakes I was sleeping a lot better and my moods had improved!!
But don’t take my word for it. Try it out for yourself, see what happens for you in just 5 days with our low cost trial either at our Lower Hutt Based Smoothie Club or from the comfort of your own home.