Sunday, December 11, 2011

Eating for Energy Part 3 - Boost Your Energy by Caring for Your Nervous System

With all the holiday season craziness that sometimes takes on a life of its own, it is important to care for your nervous system. Taking care of your nervous system can help you restore and replenish your energy, stay focused without the caffeine jitter, and feel calm and relaxed so that you can get the rest you need when you need it.  Let's keep the Joy in the season!

Here are 4 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.  I personally love Yerba Mate and it is a great aid to cutting back or eliminating caffeine without a withdrawal headache. 

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.

So take care of your nervous system so you can enjoy the hustle and bustle without overdoing the caffeine.  You really do get more done from a rested and relaxed place. 
If you need any help with healthy holiday recipes, don't forget all the resources on my website.  Just check out the recipes section. You can sign up for my Healthy Holiday Recipes eBook also and Eat for Energy throughout the holiday season.  

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