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Life is so crazy and there’s so much vying for my attention that if I’m not on it physically it’s more than I can handle.
Do you ever feel that way? Do you tend to drink something to overcome that feeling of sluggishness only to feel worse after a couple hours?
A common perception is that the best way to get energy is to drink a coffee, energy drink or to take other stimulants. The truth is that this IS the best way to get immediate energy then followed by immediate crash. When you use stimulants to get an energy burst you’re robbing yourself of future energy. This results in you needing to take more stimulants, resulting in a bigger crash, resulting in needing more stimulants and so on.
This is a vicious cycle that may eventually burn out your adrenal glands.
Caffeine and sugar which provides an immediate source of energy is also very acidic. When the body is too acidic it has a nasty side effect such as sluggishness, crashing and retaining fat.
A low acid, nutrient packed body has tons of natural energy. Take this from me. My biggest vice in converting to the BeKidd lifestyle was giving up coffee. I love coffee. I still do. Coffee still represents my biggest temptation. But, do I want to taste something good or feel great all day?
For me the feeling great is much more important. Life’s demands don’t seem to be slowing down and I need to be on top of my game to compete with these challenges.
So life’s hard, coffee taste good and Starbucks are everywhere. I’m not bashing Starbucks, I’m actually writing from one right now. I’m sipping on a Vanilla Rooibos which is a big change from my old daily habit of a Venti Starbucks Double Shot with Energy.
So what to do then? First off, there’s a secret weapon to energy, health, alertness and stamina. It’s so obvious that no one pays much attention to it. It’s so vital that you’re body is 60% this gift from God.
Hydration is key to vitality. Water is an excellent source of hydration. A properly hydrated body promotes muscle growth, delivers oxygen to muscles efficiently, delivers nutrients throughout the body and removes waste products.
A dehydrated body will advance muscle degeneration and have more difficulty distributing nutrients. Being dehydrated will also cause waste products to be removed from the system less efficiently. No bueno!
Major contributors to dehydration are caffeine, alcohol and sugar.
Think of this: The top 10 soft drink brands sold over 9 billion cases of soda in 2010.
How many of the people who bought those 9 billion cases complain about lack of energy, focus and vitality?
No, not Capri Sun or Hawaiian Punch. Most “juices” you buy in a grocery store are processed and packed full of sugar. They resemble soda more than the orange on their label.
I’m talking about fresh vegetable and fruit juice. Juicing live, raw foods is an amazing source of nutrients and keeps you super hydrated. When Bethany and I went on a 30 day juice kick I was shocked at the energy it gave me. I completely gave up the need for any teas in the afternoon.
Some of my favorite veggies/fruits to juice are kale, spinach, carrots, cucumber and celery. Check out our juice recipes when you get a chance.
In a pinch, if you’re looking for a coffee or an energy drink, try a green tea or yerba maté instead. Green tea is packed with antioxidants. Matcha green tea is probably the best green tea available. The slow release caffeine that you get with matcha gives you a steady flow of energy without the crash.
Yerba maté beats up on coffee. Yerba has about the same caffeine as coffee but it’s much less acidic. Yerba maté is also loaded up with antioxidants, vitamin B, vitamin C, maganese, potassium and zinc .
Although yerba maté has about the same caffeine as coffee, it provides a much more prolonged source of energy without the crash. This is probably due to the high amount of antioxidants found in yerba maté that may not be found in coffee.
For years I thought the cure to my afternoon drag was coffee and energy drinks. This caused a vicious cycle that never ended. Once I learned how my body reacts to these stimulants I then made a choice. That choice has lead me to be more alert, way focused and sharper than I have ever been before. It took a short amount of time to get the addiction to coffee out of my life, but I’m so glad I did!
Give it a try for 30 days and let me know what you think.