This is the first article in a series of articles we’re doing on getting better energy and battling fatigue. Our reason for this series is simple: there is no bigger obstacle to people getting done what they want to do and what they need to do to get to their goals than fatigue. So each article and video in this series will give you a tip or a tool you can implement in your regimen easily to fight fatigue, seize the day, and give you the energy you need to live your best life.
We start with the biggest factor that causes fatigue amongst most people. It’s not sleep…it’s chronic dehydration. The fact is that there’s plenty of you who wake up after 8 hours of sleep, and yet you still feel tired and worn out. There’s even more of you who slog through your day, feel a bit more energy after lunch, and then go into a downward spiral after 2PM. One of the biggest reasons for this is that most of you are chronically dehydrated.
Hydration is More Effective at Giving You Energy than Caffeine
To wake up, the first thing most people do is to reach for a big mug of steaming hot coffee. I love coffee just as much as any other red blooded American, but I’ve also realized that it’s not the best way to wake up. In fact, I now wait at least two hours after I’ve woken up for my first cup of joe. The reason for this is that drinking coffee upon wakeup actually causes your body to waste one of its most valuable hormones – cortisol.
Cortisol has a really bad name because it’s associated with stress, but its actually a vital part of helping you to wake up in the morning. A release of cortisol puts you into your wake up state. Problems come when we release too much cortisol, and when you add caffeine to the mix, you’re actually increasing your release of this stress hormone and wasting your natural cortisol supply. Add to that the fact that caffeine is a diuretic that causes your body to release water and increases stress, and you have a mix of factors that can lead to adrenal burnout and even further fatigue.
So rather than reaching for the coffee pot, reach for a big glass of water instead. Adequate hydration will actually increase the efficiency of all of your body’s processes because it is the medium in which all of these processes have to occur. Remember your body is around 60% water and your brain is around 73% water. Rather than increasing hormonal imbalance and dehydrating you, water will help to hydrate your cells, detoxify your body, and allow you brain to communicate with your central nervous system more effectively.
How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?
A lot of us think that if we’re drinking 4-6 glasses of water a day, we’re good to go, but this is far too low for most people. You should be drinking up to half your body in fluid ounces. If you’re an active person who trains each day, then you should add 10 ounces to that number.
Also remember that everyone is different. A good marker is to monitor your urine color throughout the day. If it is dark yellow, then that probably means that you’re dehydrated.
Remember that Water is Only Half the Story When it Comes to Hydration and Battling Fatigue
Drinking water is, of course, a huge factor in battling dehydration and fatigue, but it’s only part of the story. In order to utilize the water that you’re drinking, your body also needs an adequate supply of electrolytes. Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Potassium, and other electrolytes are vital in helping electrical impulses get across muscles and other tissue in your body. If you do not have them, you die.
The primary vehicle for getting electrolytes into your body is salt. Despite misinformation telling you that salt is bad for you and that it causes high blood pressure, the fact is the most of us don’t get enough salt in our diets.
But normal table salt won’t do the trick. This salt has had all of the vital nutrients taken out of it. Instead you want to opt for a non processed salt, like himalayan pink salt. Adding this to your food and your drinks will help you to get the electrolytes you need to stay hydrated and battle fatigue.
Chris’s Favorite Homemade Morning Electrolyte Energy Lemonade Drink
Two Glasses of Cold Water
A dash of himalayan pink salt
A squeeze of lemon Juice
Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
6 drops of liquid stevia
Mix it all together and enjoy! It really does taste like lemonade!
This combination of ingredients will help to detoxify your body in the morning and hydrate you for more energy. The lemon juice is also fantastic for inducing a bowel movement and initiating the detoxification process.
There are plenty of supplements you can buy on the market for battling fatigue and getting more energy, but most of them are expensive and none of them are as effective as good old-fashioned hydration. In order for your brain and body to perform effectively, you need to give your body what it needs. Proper hydration is the biggest factor in giving your body its lifeblood and energy.