One of the most common things I hear in clinic is people seeking ways to increase energy
naturally. We are living in an era of busyness – busy with our families, our careers, our social
lives, our responsibilities, trying to do it all and all at once. Even at the best of times when
we are eating healthily, exercising regularly and getting quality sleep, we can often still feel
exhausted. Whilst sometimes there can be underlying causes for this depletion in energy
levels, at times it can be as simple as needing a little helping hand to maximise our body’s
functioning. So rather than reaching for that extra cup of coffee to get you through the day,
I’ve compiled a list of my top supplements targeted to improve your energy levels.
Metagenics Energy X, this chocolate flavoured super drink will help you power through any
3pm slump as it contains a powerful mix of nutrients that provide support for fatigue and
lethargy. Key ingredients include Acetyl L-Carnitine, which plays a critical role in energy
production and supporting mitochondrial (our energy powerhouses) function. Additionally,
Magnesium is a mineral required in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. I recommend
using a good quality magnesium such Magnesium Bisglycinate found in Energy X, to ensure
optimal utilisation of this essential mineral. These nutrients alongside a mix of B-vitamins
and targeted thyroid supportive nutrients, helps modulate the body’s response to stress and
Metagenics Adrenotone contains a trio of herbs to protect against the negative effects of
elevated cortisol and chronic stress. Withania, a potent Ayuervedic herb used for both it’s
antioxidant and anti-stress properties which can aid a more positive stress response.
Additionally, Siberian Ginseng balances the levels of hormones released in the response to
stress and Rhodiola enhances mental performance. Synergistically when combined this trio
of herbs supports a healthy stress response and optimises energy levels.
Liquid herbal formulas can target multiple health complaints and are also more readily
absorbed into systems because the body does not need to break anything down. A
combination of Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola, Passionflower and Green Oats, is a wonderful
mix of herbs that work synergistically to calm an overactive nervous system and boost
energy levels. An individualised herbal tonic, like this stress and energy blend, can be
formulated by one of our qualified Naturopaths during a free mini consult at our Herb Bar.
Metagenics High Strength Bio Essentials is a therapeutic strength daily multi-vitamin. It
contains activated B-vitamins and high strength bio available minerals to optimise the
body’s nutritional needs and provide antioxidant support. This product is great for those
who are maintaining a good healthy lifestyle but are seeking a little extra help to ensure all
nutritional requirements are being met and to support optimal cell functioning.
My non-negotiable lifestyle tips:
- Get moving! – Enjoy a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate activity 5-6 times per week. Go
out for a walk in the morning or evening sun and get a healthy dose of vitamin D.
- Maintain a healthy weight – avoid sweets, refined foods and processed foods. Instead,
snack on raw almonds, fresh fruit, yogurt, or hummus and carrot sticks. These low GI foods
are also perfect snacks for maintaining a balanced blood sugar level, which can impact stress
and energy levels.
- Get plenty of sleep – ensure a minimum of 8-9 hours of sleep per night. Remember, it’s the
hours before midnight that count!
- Practice relaxation regularly and avoid stress when you can – try Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation or simply stepping outside and being in nature. Find something that works for you that you