How Can I Improve My Energy Levels?
Today’s Ask The Doctor question comes from Mike who says, “I want to improve my energy. Please help.”
Well, Mike, you are not alone in feeling like you are maybe slightly fatigued or just dealing with low energy.
Test Key Lab Values First
So, I first want to start with making sure that you’ve had an assortment of lab values analyzed that can be very influential in your energy levels. So, first and foremost, I want to make sure you’ve had your iron, full iron assessed. So, this includes your folate, so your levels of B12, folic acid, your iron, total iron, and also ferritin. So, let’s make sure your blood cells are being energized and getting all the oxygen and all the energy and nutrition they need.
Then the other lab value that’s really important to analyze is your D3 level. So, those are kind of two big lab values that if I have a patient that says, “I want to improve my energy,” I start there first.
Are Your Adrenals or Blood Sugar Imbalanced?
The other thing that I also assess are your adrenal glands. It’s not uncommon that you might be dealing with a little stress or maybe the residual effect of a stressful episode or event or time period in your life, and your adrenal glands are part of your body’s natural stress response mechanism . So, they are constantly in a state of responding to fight-or-flight stressful scenarios.
Over time, your adrenals can create a scenario or situation in your body where your circadian rhythm, your day and night cycle, gets imbalanced. And that tends to be where I see a lot of people kind of riding a rollercoaster of energy. And that rollercoaster of energy also includes high cortisol, increases your insulin levels, and so it’s a blood sugar. So, that’s something also to monitor and to just analyze where your blood sugar levels are. Want to make sure you aren’t dealing with any dips in blood sugar that might be indicative of insulin.
Is Your Sleep Cycle Optimized?
So, last and final, Mike, the other thing that can really greatly improve your energy is your sleep cycle and improving your sleep state. I call this sleep hygiene, and I actually have a whole masterclass about how to optimize your sleep.
But speaking about your adrenals, it’s not uncommon that the imbalance in your circadian rhythm or the overwhelm of your body’s fight-or-flight response mechanism can offset your natural sleep cycle. So, if you find that you are feeling wired and tired, your brain’s racing and your body’s fatigued, or you wake up multiple times throughout the night, which is really common for a lot of my male patients, then we need to zero in on improving your sleep cycle.
And sometimes that might be reaching for an herbal. I do recommend folks grab Magnesium 7 here because magnesium is great for helping to recalibrate that energy process and helps with the sleep cycle, taking it during the day and at night. You can take it any time, but magnesium is really important for helping optimize your sleep.
The other thing that might be helpful is adding like a valerian or a kava kava. These are powerful, central nervous system-soothing, calming herbals that will aid in helping you sleep better.
So, I hope those recommendations are helpful. I hope you do see your energy improve, and let me know if you have any other questions.