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Okay so this week we're exploring 8 awesome assimilate-able foods you can add into your life to boost your energy, fight fatigue, support your adrenals and just feel some more 'pezaz' (it kept auto correcting it to pizza, like no haha).
We're going to attack energy from all angles, from boosting brain energy, to enhancing sleep, balancing cortisol, caffeine hacks, adrenal support and thyroid function for cellular energy production
Okay, so here we go
I'VE BEEN DYING TO TALK ABOUT SPIRULINA, i legit offer it to people like its crack "like oi want some spirulina?"
BECAUSE ITS SOOOOO DAMN AWESOME and i will dedicate an entire blog post to the super greens because everyone should be taking some kind of supergreen supplement, period.
okay, so spirulina, its an algae! super rich in omega 3,6 & 9 (remember we need to get our omegas from our food, important for brain function, inflammation, cholesterol, etc), its actually a cool source of protein!! yep, random i know, but it is! (2g protein per 3g serve, which is like 1/2 tsp)
also super high in B12 (energy producing), all the B vitamins actually, which are all involved in stress management and energy production, vitamin K (important for bone health), magnesium (stress buffer), calcium and iron which we need to be able to carry oxygen to our cells.
i love Green Nutritionals Hawaiian Spirulina, do tablets if you're not ballsy enough to pop it in your smoothies and have swamp smoothies on the daily haha
#2. MCT oil
cool so MCT oil = medium chain triglycerides = good fats that is our brains fave source of energy, with our brain being made up of 60% fat (ding ding hence why "low-fat" is fucking dumb).
MCT oil bypasses digestion and gets straight into your lymph - which is like a super highway that filters toxins and water and all the things.
so MCT oil powers your brain, its like a shimmy shimmy ya for memory, focus, concentration, and can also aid in fat loss - win win
it's derived from coconut oil, and pop it in smoothies or your coffee or just be a boss and take it from the spoon, it literally just tastes like silky coconut oil haha. Bulletproof's brain octane is my fave brand
#3. MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS
chaga, reishi, cordyceps, lions mane - all those medicinal baddies, portobello you can't sit with us
the medicinal mushrooms are phenomenal for so many reasons, I've been experimenting with them and have noticed MASSIVE changes, especially in regards to fatigue, energy and just overall feeling good.
chaga and cordyceps would be my first two to try when starting out, with Teelixir being my go to,
chaga is a powerhouse of goodness, its like Kendrick's telling chaga to be humble because its that good. chaga increases power, energy, stamina and the bodies healing processes
cordyceps are a dope addition for not only increasing mental energy, but it also builds physical power and increases sexual vigour 😏
reishi is a king in stress management and protecting us and our immune system. its another awesome adaptogen, helping us to calm our minds, reduce stress and gives our body the ability to boost energy through its functions
a cool thing to mention is also how similar our DNA is to mushrooms, so our body is able to easily identify the nutrients that exist within mushrooms, making them the ultimate partner in crime
we touched on maca in our first blog post . maca's full of B vitamins - energy producing, its an adaptogen - meaning it allows our body to be able to deal with stress better, and thus not produce so much cortisol - our stress hormone. it also boosts endurance and stamina from its abundance of minerals and vitamins.
aka grounded up green tea leaves! matcha contains caffeine, but unlike coffee beans, they hit different receptors and have a more slow release of the caffeine over time = no hecticness and no crash. it's also super packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients, and can boost your energy in a more loving, long-term subtle way.
it also doesn't have the acidity factor of coffee beans, so it won't cause inflammation or irritability within the gut
cacao in relation to energy production comes in two ways. first, cacao actually contains caffeine! so it'll give you a pep that way, secondly, cacao is super high in magnesium, awesome for promoting recovery and rest. not only that, but its also a buffer for stress, aiding our body to deal with it better meaning we're not getting run down freaking out about everything as much.
magnesium helps us to get better sleep and better recovery, with studies linking insomnia to magnesium deficiency. moral of the story is: eat cacao
Loving Earth's my #1 for both maca and cacao
we're talking nori, dulse, wakame and kelp. these guys are a rich source of B12 and iodine! Iodine is suuupppeeerrr integral for thyroid functioning - one of the master glands in energy production. having a sluggish metabolism and under-active thyroid will cause fatigue, tiredness, insomnia, feeling sluggish in general.
by consuming kelp and seaweeds, it naturally can boost our thyroid so we're able to regulate our metabolism and utilise our food for energy more effectively.
powersuperfoods do all the seaweeds, sprinkle onto salads/stirfrys, make sushi, pop into some tamari and make a dressing,
#8 FERMENTED FOODS / PROBIOTICS
we can't not talk about energy without talking about the gut. its the centre of how our body gets energy from the foods we eat. obviously, if you eat shit, you're gonna feel like shit. if you eat alive, real, whole foods, you're going to feel alive and vibrant.
digestion takes up ALOT of energy, and if you're constantly eating heavy, processed, acidic foods, your bodies got to work even harder, use more energy to break it all down. like i know you've experienced a food coma, and I'm guessing when you're coma'd, it wasn't from eating some veggies, its from eating some dense, heavy, processed foods. SEE THE CONNECTION.
it's important to nurture out bubba microbiomes through eating probiotics, whether thats taking a probiotic supp or consuming ferments like, your kimchi, sauerkrauts, miso, tempeh, tamari, kombucha, keffir, yoghurt, pickled veg, and yeah.
this along with DRINKING WATER makes sure you're bodies able to break down your food, absorb the nutrients and then poop out all the toxins and other shit in your body, because healthy bowel movements are whats up! being regular = an abundance of energy
AMAZE, so add in any/all of these and notice the difference