The Top 6 Ways to Supercharge Your Energy
Over the last few years, we’ve found ourselves moving less and doing less, but feeling more exhausted than usual.
The common thread is that we’ve had a gigantic increase in chronic stress.
When we consider the current global fatigue being felt, we need to take a holistic approach to increase our energy and stabilize our wellness – long term. Because feeling more energized leads to a host of overall life improvements.
What is Energy?
Simply put, everything produces some sort of energy, and all matter and physiological and psychological (thoughts, emotions, mood) processes are composed of it, and every atom, molecule, cell, and tissue of the body needs the energy to survive.
Energy in the human body is ultimately fueled by the foods you eat, the sunlight you absorb, and the amount of movement you get. Sleep, of course, is a critical component of energy and should be considered the first line of defense against fatigue.
How Do We Get Energy?
There are two ways to help increase your energy, aside from sleep: eat it or create it.
Nutritious rich, whole foods provide the body with the fundamental molecules used in energy production: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
The chemical exchanges that occur in the body from these nutrients then fuel your muscles, tissues, cells, and brain to feel vibrant and alive. Another byproduct of these chemical exchanges is the production of ATP, or Adenosine triphosphate, the most abundant, energy-carrying molecule found in the body.
And How Do We Lose Energy?
Your energy sources are constantly depleting in day-to-day life, leading to a constant need to refuel. Naturally, energy is burned through physical activity, but there are other causes of fatigue that are considered less:
- Imbalance diet
- Skipping meals
- Too much screen time
The Top 6 Ways to Increase Energy
Adding in habits, routines, and rituals that support your health and energy is easier than you think – and probably more enjoyable! Rounding out the approach, we encourage you to look at lifestyle, nutrition, inflammation, and stress management as your top four foundations:
1. Daily Movement:
Exercise is the go-to recommendation for preventative and long-term health care. Moving your body daily, preferably mixing gentle movement with more high-impact cardiovascular training, leads to increased energy, higher brain dopamine (the happy hormone), and can help to manage blood sugar spikes and crashes.
Not only will movement help regulate your energy and mood, but it will also improve sleep – as an added bonus!
Being dehydrated by just 2% impairs attention, memory, and the assessment of the subjective state.
Staying hydrated helps to keep blood, oxygen, nutrients, and minerals circulating through your body, feeding energy to your cells, muscles, and brain. Getting enough quality liquids and water into your day is crucial for optimal brain health, heart health, movement, and ongoing energy.
Research also shows that alkaline liquids, like Kangen Water, can help to regulate acidity, dehydration, cellular recovery, ATP production, circulation, and ultimately – energy.
3. Stress management:
There is good stress that helps to keep your body responsive, detoxifying, and recovering, and there is bad stress, from processed foods, high screen times, stretching yourself too thin, and not supporting your body’s nutritional needs.
The wrong stress has a hugely negative impact on energy levels, zapping you into chronic fatigue, sleeplessness, and poor digestion. Without the right tools in place, you may not even realize the impact stress is having until you burn out entirely, leading to an energetic crash.
Managing stress proactively with meditation, nature bathing, and having enough downtime can greatly reduce your stress while increasing your energy and overall wellness.
4. Cold Immersion:
This is where we see energy creation.
Cold immersion therapy has been popular with athletes for decades for its anti-inflammatory and muscle recovery benefits. Research now shows that under these freezing temperatures, the body also releases hormones that increase energy.
Cryotherapy is shown to boost circulation, heart health, immune functions, mental health, and vibrant energy.
5. Oxygen Therapy:
Chronic fatigue can be associated with low oxygen levels, called hypoxemia, particularly at high altitudes, like at 5300ft in Albuquerque.
Strong blasts of oxygen, like in TherAir aids in detoxification, reduce inflammation, and improve cellular health and regeneration throughout the body. Oxygen-rich sources also help accelerate muscle recovery and rebounding and give you a blast of natural energy.
6. Reduce Inflammation:
Reducing inflammation in the body should be an ongoing target, using things like Red Light Therapy, Infrared Saunas, and Summit Laser Support to increase energy and reduce inflammation long term.
Studies show that also using a Theralight bed helps boost ATP (energy) in the cells and reduces systemic inflammation, helping you feel more vibrant, energized, and healthy overall.
If you’re looking for ways to boost your energy, Optimum Human’s staff is here to help. Contact us to learn more about how you can supercharge your energy with our suite of wellness and performance tools.