1. Chew, chew, and chew some more - If nutrition is the foundation of health and all digestion begins in the mouth, it makes sense that one of the easiest things we can do is chew our food thoroughly. Chew until it becomes almost liquid. Digestion involves lots of work for our bodies which can be an energy zapper and this simple act of chewing helps aid the process. Eat in a relaxed state and put your fork down for 30 seconds between bites - this can prevent overeating as well. For those with digestive difficulties, digestive enzymes can be useful as well as homeopathic remedies.
2. Use food for Nutrients - this one may seem simplistic but you would not believe the number of my clients who take supplements. There are documented differences between natural and synthetic vitamins; if I ever get Scurvy please toss me an orange, not a bottle of pills! If you feel the need for an extra boost, use whole food sources for supplements such as from Standard Process. Additionally, many have reported improved health, energy, and vitality through plant based diets.
3. Energy Boost - to begin, not drinking enough water accounts for a large number of fatigue related complaints. If you find yourself thirsty, you may not be consuming enough. Be sure to filter your water as well. Though more expensive, a reverse osmosis system filters more contaminants that carbon filters. You can find out more about your particular tap water to make an informed decision on the best type of filter from the EWG site. Rhodiola tea is considered an adaptogen known to provide an energy boost without caffeine and increases mental alertness. Drink a cup or two in the earlier part of your day. A Rhodiola supplement is another option provided you work with a practitioner to navigate the proper dose and any herb-drug-nutrient interactions. You can also add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your water; be sure to choose an organic brand that contains "the mother."
4. Fasting - under your practitioner's care, consider fasting or at least intermittent fasting. Hunger = Healing. At stated, digestion involves many processes and lots of work for our bodies. When our bodies are not working so hard on digestion, they have more energy to devote toward healing and repair. Many have found a 16 hour fast beneficial (last meal of the day at 6pm and then breakfast at 10am the next day).
5. Be a Wise, Critical Consumer - don't believe everything you read or everything
someone tells you. Research, read, and learn to think for yourself. Somewhere along the line we have allowed critical thinking to escape from our framework. When reviewing websites find out if there are sponsors and who those sponsors are. For example, is a site that claims a certain diet is healthy sponsored by a specific industry or company? Sadly, even major associations dedicated to disease awareness, prevention, and treatment contain false information related to nutrition.