We get lots of questions from our customers about how they can feel more energized. People associate caffeine with energy, but caffeine is a stimulant rather than an energizer. Before we dive into the questions, I will explain the difference between energy and stimulation. The two are often confused, but they really are quite different. My favorite way to demonstrate the difference is by using the analogy of a bank account.
Imagine that your body’s energy supply is a checking account. To avoid being charged a penalty, you need to keep a minimum balance of energy in the account in order to fuel your basic functions and get you through the day. Similar to an actual checking account, you want to keep an energy cushion in there for emergencies (like getting sick, or dealing with a stressful situation) and still have enough in the account for your daily expenses.
Instead of a paycheck, energy deposits come from eating healthy food, getting plenty of rest, and exercising. A surplus of energy can come from supplementing your healthy lifestyle with healing herbs and superfoods.
People who skip breakfast and chug a bunch of coffee or energy drinks might feel like they’re on top of the world for a while, due to the adrenaline rush from caffeine and sugar. This is always followed by a crash later in the day. This is like making a withdrawal from your account. The energy is spent, and the only way to replace it is with healthy habits, rest, and good food. It's ok if you do this every now and then, but not all the time. If you do use stimulants all the time to compensate for poor lifestyle and sleep habits and chronic stress, it's like living off credit. Eventually, all of your money (energy) runs out, you hit your credit limit, and now you're burned out, fatigued, or sick.
On to the questions...
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First, S. asked:
I can’t drink caffeine, but I feel so drowsy in the morning. What can I drink to feel more energized?
I can totally relate to S.; I am very sensitive to caffeine too! Fortunately, there are herbs that can help you feel energized. An Elephant Never Forgets tea contains herbs that help stimulate circulation to your brain. This gives your brain more oxygen and glucose, which will help you feel more sharp and alert.
K. wanted to know: How late can I drink caffeinated tea without it keeping me awake at night?
The bad news is that caffeine can remain in your system for approximately 12 hours. Due to a variety in genetics, some people can metabolize caffeine rapidly, while others process caffeine more slowly. To be on the safe side, switch to herbal teas and decaffeinated coffee around lunchtime. If you forget and end up drinking caffeine later in the day, relaxing teas that contain chamomile and other calming herbs can help counteract the caffeine so that you’re not all wound up at bedtime.
A question from C.: What can I take to give me energy for a strenuous workout?
There are quite a few amazing herbs and teas that can help you make the most of your workout. Maca root is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body adapt to stress. Stir a spoonful of maca into a smoothie or some almond milk before hitting the gym. Matcha green tea powder gives you a potent dose of caffeine and antioxidants, and helps your body utilize sugar. For even more fuel, add any of these herbs: raw cacao powder, rhodiola, ginseng powder, and ginger. These herbs provide antioxidants, support blood flow, and aid recovery.
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In good health,