Every day is a dance with the universe.
As we so graciously spin around a brightly burning star, we all must learn to move with the ways of the rising and setting sun, the changing of seasons and the shedding of old skins.
Finding flexible persistence in the everyday things along the way that support us on our journey towards wellness and longevity.
We all do this universal dance, but some of us have bruised toes.
The secret to increasing your energy lies within your own ability to move in sync with the natural rhythm of the day. To watch carefully and take steps that align with the innate universal flow and then find your own expression along the way.
If you’ve been feeling out of step with the dance of your life try these 3 natural ways to increase your energy and move with more purpose:
- Eat breakfast between 8 - 9am
Imagine this: Your digestive system is like a wood burning stove that needs tending in order to properly heat your whole body and support all of its internal functions. This flame IS your energy in motion.
In the morning, the embers of yesterday’s fire still flicker and it is important to rekindle the flame without suffocating it all together. It takes more energy to restart a fire from nothing than it does to keep one continuously burning.
Keeping digestion strong throughout the day means feeding your fire with not only good food but also good timing.
Eating breakfast in the early to mid-morning is ideal for stoking the digestive fire, giving it the fuel it will need to make it to lunch without burning out.
Opt for something light, warm, well spiced and easily digestible. Try oatmeal topped with applesauce, almond butter and a hearty dash of cinnamon or quinoa cooked in coconut milk with berries, chia seeds, walnuts and ginger.
2. Workout mid-day
There’s a natural lull in the days energy between 2-4pm. Balance this low-energetic tide in your mind and body with a small snack and an afternoon workout.
Even a brisk 20-minute walk around the neighborhood will help boost serotonin levels in the brain and leave you feeling more alive.
This is an ideal daily routine to keep especially in the Winter months.
3. Add Ashwagandha to your diet
Ashwgandha is an Ayurvedic herb, native of India, that is helpful in supporting many important functions of the body. It is well known for it’s usefulness in combating the effects of stress and stabilizing blood sugar. Both vital players in maintaining our energetic daily reserves.
In Sanskrit, Ashwagandha means ‘smell of a horse,’ because it’s inherent medicinal properties are believed to impart the vigor and strength of a stallion. It also has a strong earthy smell, similar to Valerian root.
Ashwagandha is typically taken in capsule form and a recommended dose is between 600-1,000mg, twice daily with food.
For people who suffer from insomnia and anxiety, having a cup of hot milk (or coconut milk) with a teaspoon of Ashwagandha before bedtime is a helpful remedy.
Please make sure to consult your physician when considering adding new herbal medicine to your life.