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Feeling run down? Got the January ‘Blahs’? You’ve consumed your daily wage in Redbull and Starbucks but you’re still losing altitude, and pulling yourself out of that nose dive can be a job in itself! It’s a sad fact of life; you cannot pour from an empty cup. Fear not! We’ve put together a short list of ways you can increase your energy naturally!

 

  1. Hemp!

    Hemp is one of the best plant-based Proteins on the planet, consisting of globulins (edestin) and albumin. These are two of the most common types of Proteins found in the human body, which means it is very effecient at providing your body with what it needs to repair and grow lean body tissue.

    Hemp is also an excellent source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They call them ‘Essential’ because our body is unable to produce them on it’s own, meaning that we need to get 100% of our daily requirement from diet or supplements. EFAs are vital for our metabolism, immune system, brain health…the list goes on. You can read more about them here and here.

    Finally, hemp is packed to the gills with Iron. Just 30g of hemp seeds will give you 21% of your recommended daily allowance, and it is so easy to include in your diet. Iron is important to help your blood transport oxygen throughout your entire body, having a significant effect on your energy levels.

    For more delicious hemp products, you can click here or head to www.hempe.ca/shop!
  2. Stay hydrated

    The very first course of action when feeling fatigued is to drink a great big glass of water (not coffee…sorry). Exhaustion is one of the first signs of dehydration and even small variations in your hydration can affect your metabolism.

    How much should you drink? Current standards suggest that you take your body weight, divide it by 2, and then drink that amount in ounces. If you are active, sick, pregnant or nursing you should drink even more! Luckily, many foods like fruits and vegetables contain water, and contribute towards your daily totals.Adding a squeeze of a fresh lemon or lime will make your water become an even better source of enlivening energy!
  3. EatDon’t be afraid to nourish and fuel your bodies! If you are skipping (or skimping), on breakfast especially, studies show that you are more likely to experience low mood and energy throughout the day.Our bodies are evolved to graze, so eating small meals or snacks throughout the day can actually boost your metabolism and give you more energy. Large meals can burden your digestive system, and once your meal is digested, your blood sugar levels crashes, taking your mood and energy with it!Put life directly into your body with raw, live foods (fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, and seeds).
  4. Reduce StressEmotions such as stress, worry, and anger, can leave you mentally and physically exhausted even if you’ve spent the day napping. Even worse, long term stress can lead to chronic illness, leaving you to do less and less, while feeling it more and more!The good news is that we have all the power to mitigate the effects of stress in our lives. By making self care a priority in our daily life, we are investing life into ourselves so we can invest ourselves into life. Self care can take many forms: exercise in a form you enjoy, taking a nap, setting boundaries, getting outside, meditation, soothing baths, enjoying a hot cup of tea,  etc! 
  5. KombuchaKombucha is a traditional fermented tea found in many different cultures throughout the centuries. It is packed full of probiotics, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that support your body in various ways. By adding this drink to your daily regiment you can expect to enjoy many health benefits including improved pancreatic function, better digestion, improved mood, increased nutrient absorption, improved joint health and increased energy!Kombucha used to be difficult to get your hands on, but now-a-days you can find it in nearly every grocery and health food store. But what’s the fun in that? There are a lot of really great recipes that are easy to aquire and follow! Try brewing your own at home!

You Can’t Get High from Hemp Seeds

“Can you smoke it?” “Isn’t hemp marijuana?” “I’m not ready to jump on the pot wagon yet” “Is it safe for my kids?” and “Can I eat hemp when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?” are the most common questions I’m asked.

I would like to assure you that consuming hemp seeds is as safe as sunflower, sesame, chia, flax, or pumpkin seeds. You could literally smoke an entire hemp field (if you really wanted to…) and you could not get high – it is impossible! There are many varieties within the cannabis species.

The easiest way I can explain it is to compare cannabis to mushrooms. There are mushrooms we eat, many of them in fact, and some of them are known to be powerful superfoods! Then there are mushrooms that have psychoactive effects, which we must be careful not to eat.

Hemp is tall and lanky, “marijuana” is short and plump. Both plants look completely different when you compare them side by side. Mushrooms, too, look different. Heck, we could even look at how many different varieties there are of apples, potatoes, tomatoes, or cherries.

Hemp is no different. All cannabis plants make cannabinoids in different concentrations. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in “marijuana” or “pot”. THC is virtually non-existent in the hemp plant – like a flea in a dump truck!

Some people think that the plant has been altered, the THC removed, the males removed so that the females’ buds turn to seed. None of this is true. In fact, you can’t even grow hemp alongside “marijuana”, or both crops will fail.

The cannabis plant had existed for thousands of years across the world, and utilized for endless purposes until only about 80 years ago. Propaganda has evolved the way humanity sees nature. The species was banned in Canada in 1938. The US government actively encouraged farmers to grow hemp for fiber and oil during World War II, cultivation ceasing by 1958. Believe it or not, hemp was re-legalized for industrial use in Canada almost 20 years ago (since 1998)!

Mother nature put every plant on this earth for a reason, she gave us this gift! To me, it is a crime that mankind decided nature shouldn’t exist. Although I’m not free to plant hemp in my garden (without a license from Health Canada), I am grateful that I have access to it. I can buy it in the grocery or health food stores and feed it to my family. It is a full balanced meal on it’s own, so I never have to worry if they’re getting the nutrition they need. Plus, they love the delicious nutty taste, and it’s nice and soft for easy chewing.

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