How many different types of products can you think of that claim to boost energy? Pills, powders, patches, 16oz can drinks, 2oz energy shots, and on and on. It seems that not a day goes by that we don’t encounter another new energy product advertisement or variety at the store. It’s no wonder that the energy drink market is a multibillion-dollar industry and continues to grow exponentially. Hype, after all, produces sales.
But what happens when you use them? If you are like many people, you get a temporary artificial surge from the enormous amounts of all the unhealthy chemicals like taurine and caffeine—only to find yourself crashing in a couple of hours. There is a reason for this: these products treat the symptom, but not the source of your low energy problems.
Harness the Energy Around You
Mother Nature has given us what we need to thrive. She has presented us with a whole planet filled with helpful flora of different varieties. These plants can provide the needed nutrients to give us the energy we need to function. The Earth has provided us with what we need to run our bodies, including critical nutrients to keep us moving.
Good health, energy, and vitality start with what we put in our bellies. As Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek father of medicine said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Food as Fuel, Not Entertainment
Not that you shouldn’t go out for dinner, or not treat yourself to having snacks or popcorn at the movies, but we all need to rethink the way we approach food.
It’s important to eat the right foods and exercise regularly so that you improve your metabolism and increase your energy. Keeping your body in tip-top shape requires a focus on what you eat and how active you are daily.
What you might not know is that Probiotics have the power to improve your energy levels and overall vitality as well. These little “good” gut bacteria are critical to living a sustainable energetic and healthy lifestyle.
American Gut Problems
If you live in the United States, there is a problem with your gut. Even if you like your waistline, the inside of your stomach is most certainly being ravaged by modern life. Antibiotics, processed foods, air pollution–even chemicals found in everyday household cleaners, all contribute to an imbalance in gut microflora.
The imbalance in your gut can cause a host of health problems like diarrhea, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, acid reflux—even depression and anxiety. There is another primary symptom of an imbalance in your microbiome: A LACK OF ENERGY.
How Probiotics Can Boost Your Energy
You already have some probiotics moving around inside your belly. They are the “good” bacteria that help your digestive system run smoothly. You also have “bad” bacteria, probiotics’ arch nemesis. These good and bad bacteria fight it out within your gut.
It’s ideal to keep a ratio of approximately 85% “good” probiotic bacteria to 15% “bad” bacteria in your digestive system. This balance is critical to your physical and mental health and is one of the essential factors that determine energy levels.
Where to find Probiotics?
There are some excellent sources of probiotics found in foods you may already be eating. Foods like pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, dark chocolate, miso soup, yogurt, microalgae, and tempeh—all help give you the probiotics you need to return balance to your belly.
Yogurt is often considered the mother of all probiotic foods, a veritable probiotic bacterial explosion in a cup. However, by the time you purchase yogurt in the store, most, if not all, the existing bacteria will have died, completely negating its probiotic benefits.
While you should do your own due diligence, we recommend these foods as a good source of energy-creating probiotics, these foods alone won’t give you that extra boost you’re looking for and need. So how do you get the probiotics you need to regain your energy and live the active, alert life you deserve?
Probiotic supplements are the answer. Probiotic supplements are the easiest, more efficient way to re-culture your gut and turn your body into an energetic machine. There are currently a wide variety of supplements on the market, and recent studies have illustrated the effectiveness of probiotics in promoting overall health and increasing energy, are causing interest in these supplements to skyrocket.
While I suggest you do your research, make sure you choose a supplement that meets these ideal requirements:
* Packaged correctly (dark amber glass bottle—this is so the probiotic bacteria don’t die from light and air exposure)
* More than 50 Billion CFUs (the more colony-forming unit, the higher the potency and more effective the results have been shown to be)
* At least 15 unique strains (Each unique strain has different beneficial effects, helping to improve your health and energy levels)
You can get your old energetic life back or become truly energized, perhaps for the first time. To get your body consistently and naturally running at optimal levels, you’re going to have to put down the artificial “energy” drinks, powders, and pills, and pick up a bottle of all-natural, high-quality, probiotic supplements. If you eat right, exercise, and take additional probiotic supplements, you might be surprised how much energy you have.