In our tired/wired world, we love things that can pump us up, get us moving, power us through, help us focus, keep us awake. Whether it’s coffee or soda or energy drinks – most of us always on the hunt for that energy fix.
But did you know that caffeine and other “drug like” stimulants cross the blood brain barrier, stimulate our central nervous system and effectively work as psychoactive drugs? Yet, caffeine, at least, is not only legal and unregulated, but widely available and consumed daily by adults, teens and kids alike.
There’s gotta be another way, right?
Wired & Tired – Drug Like Stimulants
- Caffeine (coffee, soda, energy drinks)
- Kola nut
- Ephedra (Ma Huang)
These stimulants, while okay for some now and then, can be be addictive. They can make you jittery, burn out your adrenals, accelerate the aging progress, make certain health conditions like hypertension and diabetes worse, and may over time actually hinder your ability to create energy.
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamins C and E
These heroes maximize the body’s natural energy pathways and support our mitochondria (the body’s energy furnaces) in turning food to energy (instead of fat!)
One of our favorite natural energy sources is carnitine, which acts as a “forklift” carrying dietary fats to wherever the body has a need for energy. Carnitine occurs naturally in foods, mostly dark animal proteins like mutton, lamb and beef. But many people these days choose not to eat much, if any, red meat. And even for those of us who do, it may not be enough or of good quality. So, we love to recommend our favorite carnitine supplements – Ribo-Carniclear and Carnitine Synergy by Designs for Health. We – and our clients – feel a difference, pronto!
And really, with just a few little additions to your diet and supplement regime, you may find you don’t really need that cup of caffeine or can of soda after all. Wouldn’t that be nice?