Looking for healthy alternatives to coffee and energy drinks? Nature has a lot to offer you in terms of energy sources. This article shares 7 healthy treasures from nature that will help you when you’re low on energy.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everyone wants to stay fit for the long haul and be able to do everything, get through the day just fine, and maybe even outdo themselves at some point. To achieve this, we must use the power of nature. It provides us with perfect alternatives to chemical horse remedies and energy drinks. I am now referring to discrete energy providers who can help you to become one lump of energy and vitality again. Then you no longer need boosters to be able to continue.
The goal now is to gently stop what may have been a runaway stress carousel, taking the ups and downs of ‘I’m feeling hyper’ (from the caffeine) and ‘I’m broke’. Get inspired. Try at least some of these fascinating natural energy boosters in the coming months. If you regularly take medication, I recommend that you first consult your doctor about the use of these mild preparations based on naturopathy.
The 7 Natural Energizers
1 Pure water
You already know one of the most important energy providers. It may sound trivial, but the choice of water makes all the difference. Your body, including your brain, consists of about 70 percent water. It is the main raw material of your body. The water regulates the energy production of your cells, your body is supplied with nutrients and oxygen, and toxins and other harmful substances are removed. No life without water. This natural liquid can really quench your thirst. Your body needs an energy-free fluid, one that doesn’t trigger a blood sugar spike.
If you want to do something for your health and mental strength right away, drink plenty of clean water from now on. The fact is: the better the quality of your food and drinking water, the higher your productivity. Filtered tap water, spring water, and mineral water are ideal. Be fully aware of the impact of pure, filtered water on detoxification and energy levels.
2 The apple
With its water percentage of around 85 it is almost a drink and also an abundant source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Minerals such as potassium regulate the water balance and in the good company of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin C, and dietary fiber from cellulose they increase the energy level. In addition, the intestinal mucosa is ‘cleaned’ by the rich amount of fiber from the peel and the detoxification is promoted by the content of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.
Always have one on hand for those times when you need something in the stomach. Eat it raw, or only very lightly stewed, with anti-inflammatory spices like Ceylon cinnamon, preferably organic.
My favorite is grated apple and carrot with some lemon, preferably with a few walnuts or almonds as a healthy garnish. For those who were always wary of the apple due to allergies: old varieties are better tolerated than new ones. Most nutrients are directly under the skin. Opt for locally grown, organic quality apples. Then you can enjoy apples uninhibitedly without peeling them and immediately refuel your body with nutrients and dietary fiber.
This plant from the ivy family (Araliaceae) is native to North Korea, but is also native to China and Siberia. Ginseng has been used as a medicine in Chinese medicine and other Asian traditions for many millennia, especially under high stress. Especially the root extracts are used. The impressive effect of the red Panax ginseng is almost equaled by the Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus).
Ginseng has an adaptogenic effect, which means that it stimulates and balances the organ systems in such a way that they function optimally. ‘Adaptogen’ is the designation for a plant-based active substance that helps the body to relax and adapt to the situation, to ‘adapt’ in times of peak load.
In addition to the adaptogenic effect, its active substances (ginsenosides) – essential oils, trace elements, and proteins – have a wide profile of effects: they increase stress tolerance through regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, support the immune system, improve oxygen absorption of the blood and even have an anti-diabetic effect.
If you want to use ginseng as a tonic to stimulate the gray cells for learning and study purposes, your work or to strengthen the muscles for sports performance, it is best to do a course of at least three months. The active substances can then unfold optimally. This is also visible in an improved resistance (recommended therapeutic dose: 100-300 mg/day).
Tip: Growing ginseng is a very expensive process. High-quality products are more expensive. Be suspicious of very competitive prices. Ginseng preparations are available at health food stores and pharmacies.
4 Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea)
Rhodiola Rosea, a crop of the succulent family (Crassulaceae) is the survivalist among the natural doping talents. A lover of extremes, it grows in rock crevices, heathlands and the Arctic. Rose root has been used in natural medicine for centuries in Scandinavia and Russia. In Siberia the plant is called with great respect ‘golden root’. Like ginseng, rose root acts as an adaptogen. It promotes stress tolerance and concentration, relieves mental exhaustion, and also has an anti-inflammatory and resistance-strengthening effect.
However, the positive properties of the rose root are not limited to the mental and immunological levels. Physical strength and endurance also benefit. As with ginseng, for best results, an intake duration of at least three months is recommended. In the form of a cure, I recommend a dose of 200 mg/day, spread over the day. You will soon notice improvement in your energy levels and load tolerance. At the start, I recommend taking it in the morning. There are currently no known contraindications. If you are pregnant or have tension, you should not start. Preparations are available through pharmacies, health food stores or the Internet.
5 Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha, also called winter cherry, has been used for hundreds of years as one of the most valuable healing crops in Ayurvedic medicine. It is a plant adaptogen. It promotes emotional and physical well-being and supports the adrenal glands in times of acute stress. Together with the ‘stress mineral’ magnesium and vitamin B6, which are essential for normal functioning of the nervous system, this medicinal plant can prevent stress peaks and promote optimal regeneration.
The crop has convincingly proven itself when administered in case of adrenal insufficiency (together with ginseng and rose root). The daily dose is 500 mg. Ashwagandha should not be used for more than four weeks in a row to avoid over-using it. There are now also tasty tea mixtures with the plant extract on the market. You can find high-quality products in health food stores, pharmacies or via the internet.
The maca plant belongs to the cruciferous family (Brassicaceae). In its native cradle in the Peruvian Andes Mountains, it is a staple food. The tubers of the maca can be boiled, baked, and dried. The leaves are eaten raw or stewed. Maca increases energy levels, promotes concentration, and improves memory.
It also calms a stress-reduced libido in both men and women and increases the quality and quantity of male sperm. A duration of use of three months is recommended (dose: 600 mg/day). Higher doses are not recommended during pregnancy, breastfeeding and high blood pressure. Available in organic stores
and well-stocked supermarkets.
Indian basil (Ocimum basilicum), a species of the mint family (Labiatae), is called tulsi, “royal herb” or even “holy basil.” The excellent medical anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects are based on the ingredients from essential oils (eg eugenol) and secondary plant substances (flavonoids and phenols). Studies have shown a reduction in stress and pain, an increase in resistance and antimicrobial effects.
Tulsi is a welcome resource in our natural energy boost and not only contributes as a stress-reducing, palatable natural medicine; the medicinal herb is also believed to have a calming effect on those runaway mast cells, a gratifying effect confirmed by many of my patients.
Tulsi, the ‘sacred plant’, is also a favorite in Ayurvedic medicine and is highly regarded as medicine throughout Asia. It has since won a place on the tea shelves not only because of its convincing effect but also because of its fine, slightly peppery taste. Tulsi is available ‘pure’ or in tasty herbal tea mixtures.
Preparation for 1 cup of tea: pour 200 ml of boiling water over 1-2 tsp of tulsi herb and let it steep for 10 minutes. As with other teas, I recommend organic tulsi to keep the load low. Tulsi tea is available at health food stores, organic stores, and drug stores.