Energy, more commonly lack of energy, is one of the most frequent complaints that I hear. Unfortunately, there is not one pill, or one answer that applies to everyone.
As humans, we are energetic beings, meaning that every cell in our body is alive with electric energy that comes from the right balance of minerals, fluids, vitamins and other nutrients. If we don’t have the right balance of nutrients in our bodies, we don’t just shrivel up and die, we adapt. Our bodies have incredible wisdom in each cell that allows us to still function even without optimum fuel (nutrition).
What happens over time is that without the right nutrients, the body has to decide what absolutely has to run and what can wait until another time. Another common decision for the body is what to do with the stuff it just doesn’t have time to deal with or doesn’t recognize. The result of these decisions is the story of our personal health. It is affected by what we eat and drink, what kind of air we breathe, our thoughts, our emotions, and the stress in our everyday lives.
The body always does its best with the circumstances it has been given, usually it just needs some more favorable circumstances so it can function at its optimum level. Most commonly, a lack of energy is your body’s way of saying that it is overwhelmed. The trick is to figure out what is overwhelming it. Is it simply the commitments in your life such as work, parenting, chores, social obligations, etc.? Or is it diet and nutrition or a chronic health problem that needs attention? Or is it a combination of these things?
By now you have probably figured out that I am not writing about a quick fix. Occasionally, there are quick fixes such as taking food enzymes to help you digest your food easily, or adding a super green food supplement that will supply trace minerals that fuel cellular energy, or adding a supplement that will nourish the endocrine system such as the adrenal glands or the thyroid gland.
When I work with a client to help identify what may be causing overwhelm in the body, I have 2 basic questions in my mind. The first is to identify any deficiencies of essential nutrients that may be causing the body to malfunction. The second is to identify anything that needs to be eliminated from the body or from the diet so that balance can be restored. These may include non-beneficial foods, parasites, environmental toxins, etc.
Lack of energy normally has something to do with some combination both of these questions. The answers vary individually, but usually lie in the nutritional realm. Natural ways to increase energy involve eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of rest and using herbs and vitamins to help rebalance the body.
Anyone can be healthier and more energetic with a diet and lifestyle suited to the needs of their body.
Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas. www.naturalcowgirl.wordpress.com