By Taylor Robbins, C.S.C.S
Hi everyone, I am here to help you gain more energy for more productivity, more focus, and more of your natural self coming to life, as opposed to feeling like a Zombie.
In the video above, I did a free lunch-in seminar for a real estate group in San Diego, and I discussed 3 ways to improve energy, and the best part is this can all be implemented right away.
Step 1 Improve Your Sleep Quality
Sleep is one of the most overlooked areas in health.
People want to get abs, sleek arms, and toned legs, and they focus so much on nutrition and workouts and pretty much none on sleep or other lifestyle factors.
Don’t get me wrong, nutrition and training is very important for body composition and health goals, but the body is more complex.
Here is an illustration of the connection of sleep to energy and fat loss:
You have a hard time getting to sleep, and you wake up sporadically throughout the night.
You secrete less growth hormone because of this and your leptin sensitivity goes down leading to an increased appetite. (Multiple studies indicate sleep increasing appetite and food intake)
Because you eat more, you secrete more insulin. This repeating cycle compounds on itself leading to insulin resistance and further weight gain and lowered energy.
How do you improve sleep for energy?
- Turn off wifi on all devices before bed
- Take 400mg of magnesium and 50mg of 5HTP before bed
- Eat 70% of your daily carb intake later in the day
Wifi has been linked to sleep disorders, and when we offer this one change to clients, the results are inarguable. Just do it.
More than 50% of the population is magnesium deficient, and magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It has been shown to improve sleep.
Eating carbs at night and not in the morning is called carb backloading. Carbs carry a lot of tryptophan, which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is our relaxation, and sleepy neurotransmitter and this obviously will facilitate sleep. You have heard the “carb coma”, well it’s scientific and not just hooblah.
Step 2 Eat Protein and Fats for Breakfast
You likely want to have fruit, yogurt, or a muffin, or cereal for breakfast.
Doctor’s say these are all good things, right. Cereal has fiber, fruit has healthy energy from the sugar, and when you get fat free greek yogurt it’s good for protein.
Look, just because your overweight doctor said it is good because they remember learning the food pyramid in their one semester of nutrition in medical school, it does not mean it works.
Protein does not raise blood sugars as much as carbs do, they raise them slightly but sustain them much longer. This more stable blood sugar leads to more energy in itself.
Fats carry choline, which is a precursor of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter for focus, attention, and productivity.
Drop the bagel and start eating steak and nuts.
Step 3 Lime Juice and Salt Water
Drinking 6 fl oz of water mixed with lime juice and salt water can lead to more energy.
Lime juice is acidic in it’s nature, but when digested, causes the body’s PH to go down, thus making it alkaline.
You are supposed to be alkaline upon waking and more acidic upon going to bed. The lime juice ensures this is still happening in proper rhythm.
Sodium from salt helps nurture and repair the adrenals.
All you super stressed people are in adrenal fatigue, cranking out cortisol and adrenaline all the time.
The sodium will help calm them down.