VitaJab

Wellness Centre

Supporting our bodies to function well is key to improving our energy levels.

Energy

Miniseries: Promoting optimal health to increase our energy levels (4 of 5)

Typically speaking the more ‘well’ an individual is, the more efficient and effective their physiological systems function, resulting in higher energy levels comparable to a person of poorer health. These influential factors can be anything from being free from disease or infection, to having better key health indicators such as resting heart rate, blood pressure and blood glucose levels (assuming no pre-existing health conditions).

There are multiple factors that can influence energy levels on a biochemical level. The best example is the health of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands play a huge role in regulating energy levels and they are significantly affected by how well we sleep. The glands release hormones in response to day-to-day stresses placed on an individual and as part of our circadian rhythm. The most prominent hormones are aldosterone, cortisol and androgens which all have critical roles in the normal functioning of the body and hence our energy levels. 

The best way to improve energy levels through supporting adrenal function is to focus on optimising the quantity and quality of sleep. Our best advice to help with this is to:

-   avoid caffeine after 1pm

-   have a consistent sleeping pattern - go to sleep and get up at the same time every day

-   don’t lie in or snooze, especially on a weekend! 

-   have a minimum of 8 hours sleep per day (some people may need more)

-   avoid ‘blue light’ devices such as phones and electronic screens at least an hour before bedtime 

-   keep alcohol to a minimum and avoid before bedtime

-   avoid ‘energy’ drinks

-   stay well hydrated throughout the day by consuming a minimum of 2L of water every 24 hours

-   try holistic techniques such as aromatherapy and meditation apps before bedtime

With regards to improving systemic health a completely holistic approach must be taken; some might say we’re only as strong as our weakest link, so we need to avoid having one! We won’t be too far away from optimising our systemic health if we sleep consistently and effectively, exercise appropriately and regularly, maintain a good level of hydration, consume a wide and vibrant range of plant-based foods, unwind after work and dedicate some time to relaxation every day. 

It’s also important to ensure our bodies are rich with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, vitamin D and iron, which may be lacking in some plant-based diets. Without these a range of critical cellular processes cannot take place effectively and sub-optimal levels could very well prove to be a person’s ‘weak link’.