By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH
If you’re feeling tired and lacking energy there are two things to consider. Is it chronic or is it temporary? If you have chronic low energy, you should see you doctor because something else might need attention such as your adrenals or thyroid. If you have times when you’re feeling worn out and exhausted from the have-to’s of life, then you might want to consider these three natural kickstarters that can help you feel more alive and have more energy.
Kickstarter #1: Lemons and oranges.
Did you know that vitamin C helps the cells transport and utilize fatty acids thus amping up your energy level? The vitamin C in citrus fruits can speed up the fat burning process and help you feel more energized. Add 3-4 thin slices of lemon or orange to your water to get that boost of Vitamin C and to help use fats as energy. It may also aid in weight loss.
Kickstarter #2: Cucumbers
The natural diuretic effects of cucumbers contain potassium and vitamins A and C which flush out toxins and keep your metabolism moving. Add 6-8 slices of cucumber to a pitcher of spring water and drink this all day long for a vital cool, refreshing drink.
Kickstarter #3: Cayenne Pepper
Research has shown that the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper can boost your metabolism shortly after ingesting it and make you feel fuller. While spicy water may not sound inviting, you might want to give it a chance before rejecting the whole idea. Mix slice strawberries, blueberries, and just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into your water. You’ll have a surprisingly sweet, calorie-melting pick-me-up with just little bit of kick. A touch of lime is also divine.
You can usually always find bottled water so a hint I like to include is to take a container of citrus slices, cucumber slices and the makings for the cayenne kickstarter with you, so you’ll always have a supply of natural helpers with you when you need them most. This helps you stay away from sweet snacks, sugars and saturated fats when you want a healthy energy lift.
– Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.