Tips that will wake you up that isn’t coffee:
We all love a good cuppa in the morning, but taking a break from coffee can be a good idea, especially if you have been consuming more than 2 cups per day. Ironically, the worst time to drink coffee is when you really need it. It may not be the news you want to hear, but caffeine can be depleting to your adrenal glands, which can leave you tired, sluggish and craving more coffee, perpetuating the viscous cycle of addiction. The best time to drink coffee is after 10am, when your natural production of cortisol starts to decline. Swap your early morning coffee for a cup of herbal tea such as peppermint or ginger and build this new habit into your routine.
One of the best things you can do for your health is to establish a morning exercise routine. Moving first thing will kick start your metabolism, produce endorphins to increase your mood and train your body to burn fat for fuel. If you’re not a morning person, start by going to bed and setting your morning alarm 30 minutes earlier. Exercising first thing also means it’s checked off the list, before the distractions of the day can interfere with your after work gym session. Like any new behavior it requires practice to become subconscious, but as they say, “the only workout you regret is the one you didn’t do”.
Sunshine is a great natural source of vitamin D which is an essential component of health, including bone strength and the production of serotonin, our happy hormone. Interestingly, light is essential to regulate our sleep, otherwise known as our circadian rhythm. When exposed to light in the morning, your body is compatible with the earth’s 24-hour daily rhythm and you will achieve better sleep and wake up feeling refreshed as result. Choosing to start your day with a walk in the sun is one of the best decisions you will make this year.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a fantastic digestive tonic which primes your body for the accelerated breakdown of nutrients. Accessing more nutrients from your breakfast is a great way to increase your energy in the morning. Due to its alkalizing and probiotic nature, the health benefits of raw unpasteurised apple cider vinegar are extensive. Simply start by mixing one tablespoon in a large glass of water and consume prior to your first meal of the day.
Bee pollen is one of the most nutrient dense foods available, and so much so that is considered apitherapeutic due to its medicinal properties. Rich in natural carbohydrates and B vitamins, it is great for increasing stamina and decreasing fatigue. Add been pollen to your morning berry smoothie as it is best consumed with a meal containing fruit.
The health benefits of meditation have long been reported, but did you know it is one of the most effective ways to achieve increased energy? Meditation acts to temporarily pause our “fight or flight” response and the associated increase in cortisol. High cortisol will deplete the body of natural energy and decreases your natural stress response. Meditation is also a fantastic way to re-train your brain and cage the “monkey-mind” that prevents so many of us from falling, and staying asleep. Meditation before bed will increase the deep restorative rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and having you waking refreshed and recharged to take on the day.