I knew sitting down to write this blog today would be a HUGE task.
Last night I had the absolute pleasure of hearing, yet again, the always incredibly informative Dr Libby Weaver ( Biochemist ) talk. This seminar was all around ENERGY. No not electricity or gas but rather in US.
As always Dr Libby has a unique way of explaining ( in terms you and I can understand ) how the body fundamental works and WHY it is so important. To me my health journey has always been about understanding WHY I was making changes because I know that if I understand why I am doing something I am more likely to make it a lifetime habit not just a fad.
So without a moment to waste let me deliver to you some of Dr Libby’s TOP TIPS for more energy.
Dr Libby believes there are three pillars to ENERGY to consider when making adjustments to your wellbeing:
Biochemical reactions happen naturally in our body turning an input into a reaction into another reaction into another reaction and so on. Our body needs to be in perfect balance for these biochemical reactions to take place. These reactions are at core level responsible for the operation of our body.
“It’s easy to pass off feeling tired and put it down to a multitude of things in our life – your job, your children, your relationships, but there is an enormous array of factors that might be draining you of energy – and often without you even realising it.
For example, just sitting for more than an hour produces biochemical reactions in the body that make you feel more lethargic. Also, having open loops churning over in your mind impacts your body in a similar way to having too many apps open on your phone, flattening its battery and draining you of energy.” Dr Libby
Nutrition – Over the past 20 ( ish ) years our food has changed and we are simply not getting enough nourishment to feed the 50 trillion cells in our body ( THAT’s a massive number ! ) as we often move towards more convenient highly processed “foods” packed with refined sugars ( and perhaps we do not even realize it ! ). Nutrient deficiency compounds over time and WILL result in serious health challenges. Do not wait until you are faced with those serious situations to change. It is never to late to start now.
But the question around nourishing our bodies is always ” Why do you do what you do, when you know what you know” ??
Health is made up of small decisions made throughout the day. One at a time. One small step at a time. It does not need to look like a mountain or feel overwhelming. Just start.
TIP 1 – The power of resistance training – did you know from 30 years of age we actually loose muscle mass ? By building muscle mass with resistance training ( and that can be with weights or using your own body like in Yoga, Pilates, walking ) we increase the number of Mitochondria ( think hard working little mice on a treadmill within your cell 😉 ) that help to power our bodies.
TIP 2 – Know your Iron levels – you can have this tested through your GP. Iron helps with absorption. Knowing that the nutrients from all the raw and wholefoods we are putting in our body are being absorbed and serving us.
TIP 3 – Hydration – did you know you need 33 mls of water per kilo of body weight per day. So for a 70 kg person they would need to consume 2.5 liters of water. This does not have to be done by glass after glass after glass ( although I actually love water ! ) . It can be in soups, herbal teas etc.
TIP 4 – EAT whole real food – and this should come as no surprise. Think you already eat “good food”? . Think about it like this says Dr Libby – whole foods don’t have ingredients, they are ingredients.
TIP 5 – Get back to the Green zone – and she doesn’t mean go outside although that is always fabulously grounding. Our Nervous systems are in over drive with all the perceived URGENT and SERIOUS matters that need attending to every day. It has put so many of us in a permanent state of ” Fight or Flight” which is simply not sustainable. Your nervous system and Adrenals need REST. Replenishing and supporting the Adrenal glands is essential to restoring energy. Think Vitamin C , B Vitamins and Magnesium to balance stress and reduce cortisol.
TIP 6 – Look after your liver !! very day we are exposed to an array of toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the chemicals we put on our skin. It’s the job of the liver to filter these substances from our blood so they can be eliminated from the body.Diets high in fatty, processed and chemical-laden foods place a heavy burden on our already overworked livers. Soft drinks and foods containing high fructose corn syrups have also been found to be harmful to the liver, according to recent research from the Duke University Medical Centre. We can help to look after our liver by eating Cruciferous vegetables: Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower which contain natural sulfur compounds that aid in liver detoxification.
TIP 7 – Sleep – 7 -9 hours of restorative sleep. Did you know that most people take over 30 minutes to fall asleep. Are they in a heighten alert state ? Try turning off the TV and devices early and reading. Or adding Lavender oil to our pillow or soles of your feet. Drinking a camomile tea. Changing sleep patterns.
TIP 8 – Sit less !! Move – take the stair – park a little further away – walk to the park – walk to the next bus stop. Get a standing desk – move every hour around the office. Make some changes to move more.
TIP 9 – Let yourself love what you already have. Find a moment of positive in the everyday. Change the way you think and change your life – Instead of saying to yourself – I HAVE to go to work today, maybe try I GET to go to work today to earn money for food and shelter. A luxury not everyone has
BUT her big message was FOOD / MOVEMENT / SLEEP are fundamental . Pick one to work on at a time. Do it well for 4 weeks then move to the next step.
DR Libby spoke for 2 hours and gave more & more tips and information so to learn much more and the mechanics of the human body I would recommend connecting with Dr Libby and reading any one of her 11 books !!
Supplementing your diet to replace and replenish is an incredibly helpful and proactive approach to health coupled with the above tips and suggestions.
- Did you know that Co Enzyme Q10 fuels the mitochondria ?? You can find this ingredient in Mind Health
- Antioxidants are found in all COLOURED Plant foods not just blueberries. For average health it is recommended we get 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetable minimum per day 1! Are you getting enough ?? less than 10 % of us actually are !! Scary !! Try Greens Balance to boost your vegetable intake. It is a rainbow of amazing foods.
- Vitamin C , B Vitamins and Magnesium are recommended to look after our nervous system and restore adrenal gland stress / failures – check out both Fizz sticks and Body Cleanse for a boost.
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