Want to know how to get more energy throughout the day?
Do you crash sometimes in the afternoon?
Do you rely on coffee to keep you going?
Want to maximize your productivity?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, read on because the solution to your energy problems is here.
In this blog post, I will reveal what I consider the keys to increasing your energy BIG TIME.
Being hyper productive is impossible without having a lot of energy. Deep energy reserves are critical for long work weeks.
Some people think that using the mind to work is just a mental activity. Thinking is a mental activity that requires physical energy.
Dr Frank R Wallace, one of the most prolific, intense writers of all time, said he would lose up to 2 lbs a day just from thinking HARD. I’ve also had similar experiences when having my mind fully engaged for 12+ hours.
INSIGHTS GAINED FROM CRAZY
In my early 20s, I was obsessed with being as productive as possible, so I decided I needed to cut down on my sleep.
I slowly lowered my sleep by 15 minutes every few days. After a few weeks, I was down to 4 hours a night.
I had pushed my body to the edge.
If I ate, drank or did the wrong things throughout the day, I would CRASH instantly. This was powerful because I was getting instant feedback on what my body needed for energy. There was no room for error.
Here’s are the keys I discovered for maximum energy:
HIGH ENERGY KEY #1: LOTS OF IONIZED, ALKALINE, MICRO-CLUSTERED WATER
In his ground-breaking book, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” Dr. Batmanghelidj reveals how many ailments can be cured by drinking more water.
He also reveals that your body has a BREAKTHROUGH after drinking a lot of water for a few days because it increases your overall blood volume. With that comes a new level of energy.
I had to constantly drink water otherwise my energy would crash.
HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU NEED?
There are various factors that determine this:
- a) Body Weight
- b) Environment (the hotter it is, the more water you need)
- c) Activity and exercise
- d) Water metabolism (I’ll reveal how to increase this in a few minutes)
For someone that’s small, not active and living in a cooler climate, 2 to 3 liters is optimal. Most people should be drinking 3 to 5 liters a day. I tend to drink 6 liters of water a day because my water metabolism is extremely high.
WHAT KIND OF WATER SHOULD YOU DRINK?
Let’s start with what to avoid as much as possible: bottled water in plastic bottles. It’s a well researched fact that the plastic leaches into the water and goes into your body. The plastic builds up in your blood and your body perceives it as estrogen. It’s a legit health concern.
For your home, I would suggest installing a 3 stage whole house filter. This will improve all the water in your home including showers.
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HOW TO DRINK WATER
Here’s a statement that might sound crazy, but it’s true: Most people don’t know how to drink water.
Their water drinking strategy is, “When I feel thirsty, I’m going to go to the tap, fill up a glass and down it.”
The low quality water ends up sitting in their stomach creating slight discomfort. And naturally, you don’t feel like drinking more of it.
Second, drinking when you’re thirsty is too late. Your body is already dehydrated. And what’s even worst is, most people’s thirst mechanisms are BROKEN.
They’re lucky if they end up drinking 8 glasses a day.
The proper way to drink water and increase your water metabolism is to take a gulp every 2 to 5 minutes.
By constantly taking a couple of gulps every few minutes, your body knows that there’s a constant water supply coming. It will increase its water metabolism.
The other benefit is it becomes a habit. I HAD to build this habit when I was sleep deprived otherwise my energy would crash. I couldn’t go more than 10 minutes without drinking water.
I’ve never lost that habit. That’s why there’s very little effort necessary for me to drink 4 to 6 liters of water a day.
The body is a brilliant machine. It has hundreds of adaptation mechanisms to ensure it’s survival. One of them is water metabolism.
Water metabolism is how efficient your body is at sweating the water you drink. Most people’s sweat mechanism is BROKEN because they don’t drink enough water and they don’t have enough minerals.
The less water you drink, the more it will hold on to the water you have. It makes sense because if you’re in the desert for 3 days without water, your body needs to slow down the water loss or it will die faster.
The body does the same thing when you’re low in minerals. The body DIES when it’s depleted of minerals. That’s the usual cause of death when athletes dehydrate themselves too far. The heart needs minerals to function.
Andreas Muntzer, a professional bodybuilder, died of a heart attack due to mineral depletion when he took diuretics and expelled the water out of his body along with the minerals.
A lot of people are obsessed with “detoxing”. Having a healthy water metabolism and sweating is one of the best ways to detox on a daily basis.
HIGH ENERGY KEY #2: THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF MINERALS
People believe that vitamins are the most important factor. According to Dr. Michael O’Brien, at a live event I attended, he says that your body can’t absorb the vitamins without having the proper amount of minerals in the body.
Your body needs minerals for THOUSANDS of biological functions. Magnesium alone is responsible for over 400 functions alone.
When your body sweats, you lose minerals along with the water.
THE CHEAP SOLUTION: SOLE
Take a 1 liter glass bottle and fill 85% of it with the best water you have. Take 5 heaping tablespoons of himalayan salt and pour it in the bottle. Mix it up until it’s completely dissolved. Now you have a mineral solution.
Don’t drink out of that directly, it’s too strong. 3 times a day, pour a little bit (1 to 2 tbsp.) of your sole solution in your glass of water.
The downside of this solution is that the sodium is high.
THE BEST SOLUTION: PRIMERGEN
Primergen-M is a liquid mineral solution with over 74 minerals in a fulvic acid base.
The fulvic acid helps transport the minerals into your cells. There’s also very little sodium.
Primergen-V is a liquid vitamin-B complex solution in a fulvic acid base. Vitamin-b injections are often prescribed for people who have low energy.
HIGH ENERGY KEY #3: GET MORE ENERGY WITH DEEP SLEEP
Deep sleep is one of the most important factors for recovery.
In my sleep experiment, I eventually crashed and burned after months of 80 hour work weeks, 4 hours of sleep a night and 12 workouts a week. It was insane. LOL
Then I decided to start researching sleep. Here are the some of the keys for great sleep:
Your body will NOT produce melatonin if there’s too much light in your bedroom. Your bedroom should be so dark, that you can’t see your hand with your eyes open.
Your body WAKES UP when it’s too hot. It’s probably a survival mechanism that developed because of the warmth of the day and the coldness of the night.
If you live in a hot humid climate like Panama, you need to sleep with air conditioners.
However, I’ve recently taken this to a new level because I realized that my body can still get hot under the sheets.
That’s why I’m now using the Chill Pad Cube . It’s helps to stay cool at night. Best of all, if you have a partner, you can get a dual zone and control side’s temperature. My wife tends to be cooler than I am so this makes for a happier marriage.
c) Going to bed EARLY
For years, I heard (and ignored) when people would say “Every hour you sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours.” I believed that as long as I sleep enough, the result is the same.
Now I know that’s DEAD WRONG experientially as well as theoretically.
The hormonal magic zone when you sleep, typically happens from 12 am to 3 am. There’s a cascade of vital anti-aging hormones including: melatonin, prolactin and growth hormone that your body will NOT release if you aren’t sleeping by that time.
I believe this is why you get so much more rest when you go to bed earlier.
Experientially, I need 30 minutes to 1 hour less sleep if I go to bed at 11 pm or earlier vs. past midnight.
d) NO blue light and no food before bed.
Here’s some thoughts on this from neuro surgeon and health expert, Jack Kruse:
“Humans are built to burn fat at night as we sleep to lose excess weight we don’t need. The timing of the leptin action is also critical. It usually occurs between 12-2 AM and is tied to when you last ate and how much darkness your eyes have seen. This generally occurs soon after our hypothalamus releases another hormone called prolactin from our pituitary gland in the brain. The prolactin surge does not happen if the patient has sleep apnea or ate some carbs to close to bedtime. If you eat any carbs and protein within 4 hours of sleep you will never see the prolactin surge because any spike in insulin turns off this critical release.
Ok, you must be asking why is this prolactin hormone so important? Is not prolactin just a hormone to secrete human milk, doc? That is not the only action of prolactin. Immediately after prolactin is released at this time, another signal is sent to the anterior pituitary to release Growth Hormone (GH). GH is stimulated only during autophagic sleep cycles in stage 3 and 4 to increase protein synthesis for muscle growth all while you’re dissipating heat. This is the major release of GH in humans post puberty. The implications here are huge. If you are LR and have sleep apnea you will have an altered body composition because of a low GH level. It means as you age you have higher body fat and lower muscle mass. This is precisely what we see in humans as they age and invariably their sleep is also poor.”
The solution for dealing with excess light is to use blue light blocking glasses. After doing some research, I’ve found that the ones from www.LowBlueLights.com are the most effective. Put them on 3 hours before bedtime. They’ve made a massive difference in the quality of my sleep.
I will write more about maximizing sleep in the future. Make sure to subscribe to get all future posts.
HIGH ENERGY KEY #4: KETOGENIC DIET
One of the more fascinating things about my sleep deprivation experiment was, if I ate any sugar (even small amounts) I would crash. I was forced to do a ketogenic diet (low carb/high fat diet).
The general experience of people doing ketogenic diets for a few months is: MORE ENERGY. It does take several weeks for your body to become FAT adapted. This means your body is fat and ketones for energy instead of glucose (carbs).
I’ll be writing more about my ketogenic experiences in the future. Stay tuned.
HIGH ENERGY KEY #5: GET MORE ENERGY THROUGH MORE MOVEMENT
The body needs movement. Exercises increases your body’s energy.
You can do simple cardio like walking, biking, yoga and swimming.
If you want more muscle mass, than doing things like CrossFit or Scott Abel’s M.E.T. training, is a great solution. Those exercise methods build muscle while exercising your heart with it’s non-stop pace.
One of my favourites is rebounding. Rebounding is one of the few exercises that exercises all the cells in your body due to the gravitational forces on your body. Rebounding for 5 minutes a few times a day, is my favourite energy booster.
Although the experiment wasn’t a long term success — I did learn a lot of things that forever changed a few key health habits. I’ve been a massive water drinker ever since. I’ve been obsessed with optimizing the QUALITY of my sleep. And I’ve mastered ketogenic diet over the years.
Focus on one change at a time, and within a few weeks and months your body will be a completely different machine.
Each one of these keys have the power to significantly increase your energy.
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