So I basically did all the things I never do last night and this morning. I went out, had some sangria, didn’t eat much nor did I have enough water. When I got home I made sure to drink a lot of water but I still felt a little dehydrated this morning. I had a breakfast meeting and the only beverage available for the first 40 minutes was coffee.
Too much coffee makes me jittery and nervous. Coffee on an empty stomach makes me jittery, chatty, shaky and full of nervous energy. You know: the feeling when you are rushing around like a lunatic and then hope that you did things correctly. It’s not a feeling I enjoy and it was my own fault that I felt that way.
There is a better way to have energy and feel more awake. Taking care of your nervous system can help you restore and replenish your energy, stay focused without the caffeine jitters, and feel calm and relaxed so that you can get the rest you need when you need it.
Here are 5 approaches to help care for your nervous system for increased energy:
1. Strengthen the nervous system with herbs such as burdock, dandelion, gingko, nettle, oaks and Siberian ginseng.
2. Encourage calm and relaxation with chamomile, valerian, lemon balm and oats.
3. Explore coffee alternatives such as Yerba Mate, green tea, black tea, or Rooibos (African Red Bush) to avoid the caffeine jitter.
4. Calcium has a soothing effect on the nervous system. Eat calcium-rich food for dinner (e.g. leafy greens, bone broth). If you take a calcium supplement, take it with dinner.
5. Add magnesium into your diet, it is essential for building energy and it plays an active role in the transport of calcium and potassium. It maintains nervous system balance by acting as an anti-depressant. Magnesium is found in many foods including leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, summer squash, legumes and nuts. If you choose to take a supplement take it with dinner.
To learn more about what foods can support you and give you energy please visit my website www.empoweredplate.com.