Health and energy go hand-in-hand. So why is it that otherwise healthy adults keep grabbing high-calorie (or high aspartame) energy drinks, or get in line several times a day for double-shot, or even triple-shot espressos?
Fatigue is one of the most common medically unexplained complaints, and many physically healthy people admit to feeling “tired all the time”? The reality of the modern world is that there is a number of social and environmental forces that contribute to the modern “energy crisis” and push us toward the need for stimulants.
- The Multitasking Myth: Modern work and home life is filled with demands which most respond to by “multi-tasking”. Despite what we might believe about our abilities to multitask, research shows that humans are in truth not fabulous multi-taskers. Mental demands take their toll, with stress and exhaustion AND makes us more vulnerable to other energy zappers (read on!)
- Couch Potato Syndrome: Sitting around is an incubator for fatigue. When researchers induced mental fatigue in adult volunteers (with draining cognitive tasks) their exercise performance afterward was much worse – as the perceived exertion was higher and the pleasure element was downgraded.
- Crappy Sleep: What’s to blame? Tech devices, lack of time spent outdoors/ deprivation of natural light, stress, electromagnetic influences – these all push us away from our innate need for sleep and natural circadian rhythms. In fact, we sleep about 2 hours less than we did 50 years ago!
- You FEEL What You Eat: Here’s the pickle – fatigue drives choices for calorie-dense, nutritionally-inferior foods that make us feel worse! High-fat, high-sugar “comfort foods” give a (very short-lived) energy and mood lift, but the 48 hours after consuming such foods, mood state is actually more negative. Research shows that in healthy adults who report fatigue and/or less than adequate sleep, dietary habits include skipping meals, less fruits and vegetables and more highly processed foods.
Ok, so those are some of the forces that work against us, and making lifestyle changes can go a long way for those low on energy. But let’s pay some special attention to diet here: the very foods we avoid when we are tired – colourful plant foods have remarkable effects on supporting energy, vitality and positive mental outlook!
The well-established link of colourful phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients) with mental and physical energy positions greens+ as a remedy to this modern energy crisis. greens+ has already been the subject of human research showing that it boosts energy, and one of the ways it does it is by supporting mitochondria, the energy-producing structures in our cells.
Over 20 years of consumer feedback and scientific research proves greens+ to be an extremely potent source of phytonutrients that supports daily energy and feelings of vitality. But some people want extra energy to navigate the challenges of an increasingly complex world. Enter, greens+ extra energy.
The formula builds on the energy-giving benefits of greens+ with natural ingredients that include balanced caffeine, adaptogens and nutrients that provide a lift in energy and focus without the crash associated with many of the pick-me-ups people resort to. greens+ extra energy is a clean nutritional product – it doesn’t contain sugar-bombs, or chemical additives commonly found in conventional energy shots- but clean, green energy, along with some pretty stellar natural energy boosters!
Caffeine isn’t the bad guy – modest amounts of caffeine can be very supportive of mental and physical energy. greens+ extra energy contains a natural source of caffeine: kola nut (Cola acuminata), that also has beneficial phytonutrients – and is loaded with polyphenols and flavonoids. It has a rich cultural history, established benefits for mental energy, and safe track record of widespread use in traditional medicine!
Taurine has also established itself as an obvious choice for physical and mental energy without over-stimulation. Not only does taurine increase muscular energy and endurance, recent experimental studies show that it can improve psychological resiliency and mental outlook. In fact, sleep deprivation causes an increased demand for taurine – researchers theorize this is due to taurine’s effect on mood and the release of taurine into the bloodstream is the body’s attempt to maintain mental outlook/sharpness in times of stress.
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