by Will Grumke December 04, 2019 5 min read
Do you always feel like you’re low on energy?
Or by the end of the day, you're drained...
Maybe even exhausted...
If that's you, you're not alone and you're also in luck!
In this article, we’re going to talk about all things energy and how to increase your energy levels.
Energy is important for one reason, it’s what gets us through the day.
That’s literally true for everything. Every molecule in the universe both inside of your body and outside of it only functions because they have the energy they need to do their job.
When you don’t have enough energy, you start feeling tired. This means your less likely to do things that will keep you healthy. Rather than exercising, you’ll prefer conserving energy by laying around.
Rather than eating healthy, you’ll start eating junk food that promises quick energy.
Your energy levels can quickly change your general health habits.
Unless you do something about it.
Below we’ll share 7 different supplement ingredients that you can take to help boost your energy levels throughout the day.
Those supplements are:
Now, let’s talk about each of them in greater detail.
Ashwagandha is also known as Indian Ginseng. It goes by several other names as well, but ashwagandha is by far the most popular name. Ashwagandha has been used for centuries to treat many different diseases and symptoms.
In fact, Ashwagandha has been used for 3000 years for two specific reasons. First, people take ashwagandha because it helps increase their energy. Second, people take ashwagandha to improve their focus.
When it comes to energy, there are two things people think about... actual ENERGY and also FOCUS. I think we can all agree, they aren't the same. Sometimes you have all the energy in the world, but you just can't focus...
While other times you are super dialed in, mentally focused, but yet you just still feel lethargic and not super energized.
People take ashwagandha for both energy and focus.
Rhodiola is a perennial flowering plant that grows naturally in the Arctic. You can find it in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.
A lot of people use rhodiola to help address their energy needs. It’s used to help increase energy, improve endurance, and again, improve mental capacity or focus.
Many people report being able to better adapt to stresses in their environment thanks to rhodiola. So there is potential that not only can Rhodiola help with mental clarity and focus, but also manage stress.
Creatine is a chemical compound, and in all likelihood, one of the most popular chemical compounds to those fitness-minded people out there. You can find a ton of different creatine supplements on the markets that take different forms.
All you have to really know about creatine is thatit facilitates the recycling of adenosine triphosphate which is known as the energy currency of the cell.
We don’t need to go into all of the science right now, but just know that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) helps fuel your muscles during high-intensity exercise. So while it won't give mental energy, it will help with physical energy.
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that goes by a less-popular name, cobalamin. It’s involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body.
In other words, if you want your body’s cells to operate as best as they can, one of the things you’ll want to do is make sure they’re getting enough Vitamin B12.
A cell’s metabolism is referring to the rate in which it consumes and burns materials for energy.
One way to help improve your energy levels is to help your cells work more efficiently and get more energy out of the materials your body gives them. This can be done by ensuring you are getting enough Vitamin B12 every day.
This also explains why Vitamin B12 is a major ingredient in most energy drinks. The Vitamin B12 in those drinks help you absorb the other materials more efficiently.
An easy way to give you piece of mind that you are getting Vitamin B12 in is by simply taking a packet of Micro Factor every day.
Iron isn’t just something you pump. It’s also an important mineral that you desperately need in proper doses in your diet.
Iron’s main purpose is to help carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of the cells in your body so they can effectively do their different jobs. If you’re low in iron, you may be suffering from something called anemia. People who are anemic usually feel tired as a result of the condition.
This is where Micro Factor can help you out as it helps supply your body essential nutrients it needs for proper function.
Beet juice can help boost performance, increase blood flow, and improve overall stamina. This can help with both physical and mental energy. Both for inside and outside of the gym!
Unfortunately, in today's world, not many people eat beets or have them as a stable part of their nutrition plan.
Therefore many miss out on these benefits of beets. The good news for you is that we also don't eat beets often.
And that is one of the reasons we made sure to include a high-quality beet powder as part of the powerful blend of ingredients in Opti-Reds 50.
Of course, we couldn’t finish this list without mentioning caffeine.
Caffeine is a "magical" chemical compound that you can find in your morning coffee, tea, or pre-workout : )
It’s that thing that probably gave you the jitters a few times in your life from having a little too much ...
And it is also what many people rely on to help get them through long days, tough workouts, or staying away while driving at night.
Caffeine helps increase your mental energy, it blocks the tired chemicals from telling your brain that it’s time to rest, and it puts a little extra pep in your step. But, if you overdo it, it can have negative effects as you can get jittery, a headache, and struggle to focus.
There are so many different ways to get the energy you need to tackle your day. It’s probably good to use a multi-faceted approach so you’re not simply chugging more and more coffee day after day. That’ll catch up to you eventually.
If you’re looking for different ways to up your energy levels throughout the day, consider taking some of the supplements we mentioned above and see if you don’t feel more energized and better focused.
Will Grumke is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist, NASM Certified Behavioral Change Specialist, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.