I often hear people commenting on how tired they are. Is it the cumulative effect of late nights and stressful days, the depletion of nutrients in our food, or a weakened immune system and just generally being run down?
With the exception of the obvious (drink more water, get more sleep, decrease stress, strike a pose, check in with your doc..) how can you gain that extra boost of energy naturally?
Consuming copious amounts of caffeine can leave you feeling jittery and scrambled and energy drinks can make your heart race.
So where does that leave us?
Adaptogens for Energy
Ever heard of adaptogens? Adaptogens are substances that help your body adapt to stress, both mentally and physically. These substances will help to improve energy, stamina, endurance, strength and mental clarity.
One adaptogen that we love for improving energy is the Cordyceps militaris mushroom. These mushrooms have been used for thousands of years to improve energy and vitality, and are currently used to treat a whole slew of health issues.
Cordyceps increase energy by improving oxygen utilization in the body, which in turn helps to prevent disease. Cordyceps also increase levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the bodies main energy supply.
Other adaptogens that will help you enhance your energy include Ashwagandha, Rhodiola and Schisandra. These adaptogens have health protective effects that decrease stress and boost energy.
After you take care of the basics (water and sleep!) it makes sense to try and improve how you feel on a daily basis by adding some adaptogens to your diet.