How To: Improve Your Energy With Nutrition
Posted on July 17, 2017 by Amy Krasner
Are you someone who finds it hard to wake up in the morning?
Do you find yourself getting super low energy around 3pm every day?
Maybe you feel a little sluggish and just don’t have the energy that you desire or need.
Whatever the case may be, I want you to know that you are not alone in struggling with low energy levels. In fact, it’s the number one complaint that I hear from my clients both in my San Diego clinic and online.
One of the main reasons I am so passionate about using nutrition to improve energy levels is because it makes me sad to see people walking around every day without the energy they need to do the things they enjoy doing, especially when I know there is a solution to this problem. In other words, I see countless people just like you walking around not living up to their true potential at work, with friends/family, and within activities they like to do – or maybe they just skip their favorite activities all together.
This is unacceptable!
The exciting part is that when we start to uncover the root cause of WHY you have low energy in the first place, we can use nutrition and lifestyle techniques to give you the boost you are looking for.
Let’s take a look at my client Morgan for example.
Morgan came to me with extremely low energy levels. They were so low that she had to take two-hour naps every day and she still woke up feeling tired after nine hours of sleep per night. Within two months we were able to identify which foods were contributing to her fatigue as well as which nutrients she was missing in her diet. We also worked on developing a more effective stress management strategy and a healthier exercise routine for her body while supporting her adrenal glands with an herbal formula. Morgan no longer needs to take naps and she wakes up with energy in the morning without relying on coffee every day.
If you want to find out how I can help support you in regaining your energy, I offer a complimentary introduction call to see if I am the right fit for you. You can apply here or you can keep reading to find out more details.
While lack of sleep is one reason you might have low energy trouble, there are several other underlying reasons why you might be struggling.
When I work with clients to improve their energy levels I look at three key areas: physical, emotional, and lifestyle.
Here is a little preview of the three areas that might be dragging you down:
Physical reasons for low energy levels
- Imbalanced blood sugar- blood sugar fluctuations as well as low blood sugar can often cause one to feel tired and irritable (can anyone say hangry?!). Low blood sugar and adrenal dysfunction are often causes for that 3pm energy dip.
- Adrenal fatigue– when you have an acute stress or chronic stress, your adrenal gland function might get compromised. Your adrenals are responsible for secreting cortisol (your stress hormone), and when we have low cortisol it can make you feel fatigued.
- Nutrient deficiencies- when you have low Vitamin D levels, low iron, or low B vitamin levels, this can often lead to feeling tired.
- Hypothyroidsm– a sluggish thyroid slows down your metabolism and affects every metabolic function in your body. If you have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s, this can definitely affect your daily energy levels
- Food sensitivities– if you are eating foods that your body is sensitive to on a daily basis, your immune system gets run down from working overtime. One of the symptoms for food sensitivities is fatigue or brain fog which makes it hard to concentrate throughout the day.
Using caffeine to increase your energy levels might work in the short term but in the end, it causes a vicious cycle in which you get energy dips later on in the day. It also doesn’t help to address any of the underlying root causes of why you have low energy in the first place, and can often make the conditions that I mentioned above even worse.
Emotional reasons for low energy levels
As you may already know by now, I go a lot deeper with my clients than talking about what foods to eat. Through my Eating Psychology training I work with clients to see if there are any mindset or emotional reasons why they aren’t reaching their goals.
If we discover an emotional trigger, I will help you to bring awareness to the root of why your mind thinks the way that it does and then use Mind Body Nutrition and Eating Psychology techniques to help you move forward with your nutrition changes.
Lifestyle factors that contribute to low energy levels
I’ve worked with several clients who weren’t able to get through the day without taking several naps. Once we got to the root cause of their low energy we were able to give them strategies to regain their energy. Some of these strategies include:
- stress management techniques
- creating a healthy bedtime routine
- identifying how much and what type of exercise is supportive for them
- setting healthy boundaries in relationships and at work
- incorporating more joyful activities
Once we find out the root cause whether it be physical, emotional or lifestyle factors (or a blend of these three areas), I help to put together a holistic plan with nutrition and lifestyle guidelines to build your energy levels back up.
If you are ready to make a change and get your energy levels back or maybe even for the first time feel like you actually have energy, go ahead and sign up for a complimentary introduction call. You can also take a look at the details for my signature 3-month coaching program to learn more about my customized approach to help get you results.
Remember, there is a solution to having low energy levels and I would love to help you get back on track.