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Energy Levels

Your energy is impacted by so many variables.

Seventy-six percent of workers say they feel tired at work.

https://ohsonline.com/articles/2017/07/27/43-percent-of-americans-admit-they-are-too-tired-to-function-at-work.aspx

In the modern world, too many of us are exhausted. After all, 97% of Americans have at least one major risk factor for fatigue. What’s going on, and what can we do about it?

SYMPTOMS OF LOW ENERGY
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Poor Stamina
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Frequent Injuries & Strains
  • Frequent Cramps
  • Poor Recovery Post-Exercise

It’s when we stack multiple approaches together that we reach true, sustainable success.


ENERGY LEVELS:
Rating Influence

10

10

10

9

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7

7

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ENERGY LEVELS: Discussion

1

Influence on energy levels:

10

When we are chronically tiredlook to gut health.

The microbes in the gut digest your food, release nutrients for your metabolism to use, and fight off opportunistic pathogens. 

Ensuring that these flora are helping you is critical to turning the food you eat into energy, proper nutrient absorption, high-functioning immunity, and improving your energy levels long term.

While true health of the gut depends on many factors, including hormones, nutrition, diet, and sleep — the front lines of gut health (and therefore your energy levels) are certainly in the microbes (flora) that live in the intestines.

2

Influence on energy levels:

10

Light directly impacts your energy levels.

Ever felt great after a day at the beach?  Or felt exhausted sitting under fluorescent lights?  It’s not just stress of the job or sitting all day that makes you fatigued or unhealthy.

Light has the power to impact your blood pressure, stress hormones, and enzyme activity in your blood stream.

Light also directly affects your brain chemistry, gut health, inflammation, and sleep quality. 

Whatever you do for your health, don’t ignore the light in your environment.

3

Influence on energy levels:

10

The circadian rhythm is perhaps the single most important variable affecting how you feel every day.

Lagging energy? It’s nearly guaranteed that sleep is suffering, too.

Your brain needs sleep to remove metabolic waste toxins and encode memories for learning — and your gut needs timely sleep so it can digest your food properly and fend off invading pathogens.  

There’s a reason sleep is rated a full 10 on this chart:  It’s of utmost important for energy levels.

4

Influence on energy levels:

9

Food is important. Especially when you make big mistakes.

Don’t focus entirely on food to solve health problems. Our health involves much more than food, alone.

Here is what is important with food:  Don’t eat foods that irritate your digestion. Then, work to improve your gut health and tolerance of other healthy, natural foods. Restricted diets often lead to nutritional deficiency and increased sensitivities. As always — eat mostly real, natural foods — with less artificial junk.

Additionally, don’t avoid carbs unless you absolutely have to — it can be really bad for the metabolism — which is the source of your energy levels.

5

Influence on energy levels:

?

Beware the “energy vampires” in your life: Chemicals, mold, EMF, air quality, light, and poor relationships. 

Know how an unhealthy a home/work environment is.

When dealing with a “sick building” — involving EMF, light, air quality, or mold — or other humans, this could be a powerful first step in changing or leaving that environment.

Sometimes improvement happens fastest not by what we add to our lives, but by what we subtract — and that goes for the sick buildings in our lives, too.

6

Influence on energy levels:

7

Nutrients can energize you — but only if your body can use them.

Many folks with chronic illness cannot tolerate typical, high-dose nutrient supplements.

Therefore, know what you’re doing when supplementing. If you don’t — excessive supplementation can also be a quick way to feel worse.

Getting nutrient balance out of whack is a major problem among health-seekers.  Make sure to balance nutrient intake safely and healthfully.

7
Influence on energy levels:

7

When the thyroid slows down, it often slows down for a reason. There’s a real cause — resulting in a real effect — within your body.

Many look to their thyroid first when their energy levels fall — and it makes sense:  the thyroid controls the metabolism, and the metabolism controls how well you turn energy into food.

Whether it’s undereating, going low carb, immunosuppression ( causing elevated infectious load), poor gut health, trauma, or ongoing life stress — the thyroid responds to all of these variables by depressing the metabolism. 

Simply boosting the metabolism again — by taking thyroid hormones — will sometimes yield results. However, if the underlying causes aren’t addressed, the result could actually be as much harm as good.

Sure, your thyroid is important — but so is whatever crisis it is responding to.

8

Influence on energy levels:

6

Exercising for optimal health is a different approach than typical fitness.

Modern gym habits were designed to create extra-large muscles via hypertrophy & isolated repetitions.

Now, what if you’re struggling with chronic illness?  Intense exercise is likely to utterly wipe you out — leaving you unable to recover for days afterward.

Figure out how to move — sustainably — and watch your energy levels climb.