Curious about all the promises of energy for your busy day that are packed into pills and drinks these days? Is there any truth in what the labels and ads are selling, and why are so many of us in need of an extra pep in our step? Ric Scalzo, a respected herbalist, botanical researcher, and founder of Gaia Herbs, gives us some answers, and tells us how to balance energy naturally and safely. Some listeners ask for a recap of our podcasts so they can refer to it later. So, here you go. (Don't forget to listen to the podcast for more details and information, though.)
Lifestyle Tips for Balancing Energy
Many of us experience reduced energy due to our physiology working in overdrive for extended periods of time.
What causes the physiology to work in overdrive is not always simply working too hard or getting inadequate sleep.
An underlying element in lowered energy may be related to poor digestion, poor assimilation, and poor elimination.
The outcomes can surface into symptoms that we associate with the "stress of life" such as sleep difficulties, and lowered energy.
While it is true that many of us migrate to stimulating energy products that are really common - over the counter types of products that can give us a quick boost of energy - this approach does not address the underlying elements.
Often overly stimulating approaches without proper adaptogenic and causative approaches can further deepen the stress to the physiology.
Another concern is that these stimulating items may be filled with unnatural ingredients.
The body is fully equipped to achieve optimal energy when obstacles to wellness are removed. That's a real foundational practicing aspect to naturopathic medicine.
Our approach to optimal energy levels should always draw upon the wisdom inherent within the body and mind. To do this we must keep impurities in the body to a minimum.
There are many adaptogenic plants that serve us well to both protect us from stress as well as activate the natural energy systems of the body.
The expert's favorite herbal remedies are Rhodiola Rosea, American or Korean Ginseng, the Ashwagandha plant from India, Holy Basil ( a very popular herb now used in India and now in the U.S. for optimizing energy,) and Schizandra berry (often referred to as "the 5 flavored herb.")
Every one of these is considered an adaptogenic plant - which means that they facilitate the body's adaptogenic systems and allow us to respond to stress more effectively.
Other strategies that are very important are to adopt a dietary plan that maintains an alkaline chemistry within the blood. Whole and fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts provide the opportunity to prevent the body from becoming overly acidic.
Another strategy is to consume adequate clean water daily drinking small amounts throughout the entire day.
Maintaining a healthy posture can also optimize energy and for this reason a regular practice of yoga is often very valuable.