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Improving Energy Naturally & Energy Boosting Supplements

Authored by: Paige Welsh, Clinical Nutritionist, Naturopathic Practitioner

If you are experiencing a lack of energy, you do not have to accept it. We encourage people to find the root cause of their lack of energy because energy boosting supplements sometimes don’t even help. Additionally, there are many ways to naturally increase your energy without the consumption of harmful energy drinks or too much caffeine and/or sugar.

One of the most common complaints I get from clients is the lack of energy they are suffering from. I often hear, “I only have the energy to get my daily tasks done, and then I’m spent.” Unfortunately, most of my clients just assume that they are getting older and that this is just a part of the aging process. Well, I’m here to tell you that this is the furthest thing from the truth. I have a client who just turned 80 and says her energy is better now than it was 20 years ago! 

Improving Energy Naturally & Energy Boosting SupplementsCommon Root Causes for a Lack of Energy

A lot of times with a lack of energy there is also: the nagging body or muscle fatigue, yawning between 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon, sugar cravings, a lack of focus, disruptive brain fog, and an overall decreased quality of life. This is not the way to live! As a clinical nutritionist and naturopathic practitioner, my first thought when I hear someone complaining of these symptoms is to find the root cause issue of what is going on. Some of the most common root cause issues I find that lead to a lack of energy includes nutritional deficiencies, food allergies or sensitivities, adrenal gland imbalance, an underactive thyroid, and heavy metal or chemical toxicity. At Total Health, we have a variety of tests we use to discover these root cause issues, and how to fix them. 

Addressing Nutritional Deficiencies

When it comes to nutritional deficiencies and a lack of energy, the most common nutritional deficiencies I see are B vitamins, vitamin D, iron, and vitamin C.  Sometimes it can be tricky to identify exactly what a person is low in without the proper testing or analysis. For example, you can be iron deficient from a lack of iron, vitamin B12 and/or vitamin B6. Or, you may get blood work done for vitamin D, and be within the medical range and told that your vitamin D levels are just fine. However, the medical range is typically 20-100 ng/mL, while the optimal range of where a person feels best is 60-80 ng/mL. As you can see, you may be told everything looks normal, but that does not mean that you have ideal levels and are functioning optimally.

Addressing Food Allergies or Sensitivities

Food allergies or sensitivities can also play a huge role in energy, or lack thereof.  Food allergies or sensitivities may not always show up as a digestive issue; instead, it can affect your energy, cause brain fog, disrupt your sleep, and/or affect your mood. Food sensitivities can take up to 72 hours after ingestion to show symptoms, so identifying them can be difficult. Some of the most common food allergies or sensitivities I see in the clinic are wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, pea protein, and eggs. Identifying your specific food allergies or sensitivities can make a huge difference in not only your energy but also your digestion and overall health.

Addressing Adrenal Gland Imbalance & Underactive Thyroid

Next, about 90% of my clients who report a lack of energy have an imbalance with their adrenals and/or thyroid. Your adrenal glands and your thyroid are part of your endocrine system, also known as the system that produces hormones that regulate your energy, metabolism, sleep, and mood. Your adrenal glands and your thyroid are two of the major energy organs that provide you with abundant energy that lasts all day when these glands are working optimally. Adrenal and thyroid imbalance can result from long-term stress, nutritional deficiencies such as selenium, iodine, or B vitamins, too much sugar and caffeine in the diet, and/or toxicity. 

Addressing Heavy Metal or Chemical Toxicity

We now live in a sea of toxins, and it has been shown that babies born today are born with over 300 toxins in their bodies! Toxins such as heavy metals and chemicals are found in our water, are sprayed on our food, added to body care & cleaning products, and used in many household items such as furniture, carpets, bedding, paint, and cookware. Not only do these toxins greatly affect your energy and your ability to think clearly, but toxins are endocrine disruptors (meaning they negatively affect your thyroid, adrenal and hormonal health), contribute to autoimmune disease, lead to unexplained weight gain and an inability to lose weight, and can eventually lead to cancer.

Since we are overloaded with environmental toxins on a daily basis, your body cannot keep up with the detox demands. Additionally, most people do not detox properly. If a high toxin load is a root cause issue to your health concerns, it can be a life-changing experience once you learn how to safely detoxify your body, and remove toxins from your environment. 

Energy Boosting Supplements

While I highly recommend finding out why you personally may not have optimal energy, I do want to share some of the best products that I recommend to clients to enhance their energy. Some of the products that I get the best feedback from including Balanced B-Complex by Megafood, ENRG by Systemic Formulas, Adrenaplex by Terry Naturally, Adrenergize by Enzymatic, Adrenal Strength by Megafood, Ga Adrenal & Gf Thyroid by Systemic Formulas, Exhilarin by Metagenix, and Vitamin B12 (make sure to find the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12). All of these products can be found in either the retail store, the clinic, or on our website at https://www.totalhealthinc.com.

We Have the Tests and Expertise to Help You Find the Root Cause!

As I mentioned before, we have various tests in the clinic to help discover if a person has toxic levels of specific heavy metals or chemicals, has an imbalance with their thyroid and/or adrenal glands, has food sensitivities, or has nutritional deficiencies.

I hope that you can see the importance of finding out your specific root cause issue to your lack of energy, and why you may have tried various supplements that just don’t seem to do the trick. If you are interested in finding the root cause of your health concerns, please give the clinic a call for a complimentary 10-15-minute consultation at 262-251-2929 to talk with me or one of the other practitioners.

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