There are reasons why your morning can be so hard.

Many people struggle with low energy in the morning. There are numerous reasons why this occurs and we will explore those reasons with Dr. Kate Rhéaume.

Why are mornings so hard for some people?

This is the question we are going to answer. We will explore some of the reasons why people may have this issue. Low energy in the morning is common. There are some people who simply are slower to rev up and this is their natural state. There are people who thrive as night owls and this is their natural state. So this discussion is for those who have trouble sleeping and/or difficult mornings. If you have challenging morning this interview will help you consider some of the most common possibilities.

NOTE: You should discuss this with your health care provider and confirm that there isn’t a medical concern that needs attention. This is not a discussion of the medical options but rather a consideration of the lifestyle and nutritional factors that deserve scrutiny.

This is your process of discovery to examine what factors may be at play in your life. You know how you feel, Dr. Rhéaume will explain why you may feel that way and what are the possible solutions. In particular, she will mention the supplements from Natural Factors that she has found helpful.

  • Do genetics play a role? If you are just not a morning person, could that be genetic and if so, are we stuck with what our genes proscribe?
  • What are the environmental and/or lifestyle factors that can affect sleep quality? Dr. Rhéaume discusses some of the easy to implement solutions. Think light, sound, temperature, devices etc. Sometimes this can make the biggest difference so don’t underestimate their impact.
  • Stress and anxiety can play a profound role and must be addressed. Stress makes every worse. Include stress management as one of your goals.
  • Adrenal health and liver function can also play a role. Nutritional supplements can provide nutrients for adrenal and liver support.
  • What if you are sleeping well and still have low energy?
  • What about coffee, caffeine or other stimulants? Why are these sometimes a concern and what are good alternatives?
  • How is energy generated in the body? What factors contribute to a lack of cellular energy?
  • Is supplemental iron a good idea if you have low energy? Only if you have iron deficiency.

The Natural Factors products we discuss include AdrenaSense, Tranquil Sleep, PQQ and CoQ10. Dr. Rhéaume also discusses the importance of single nutrients such as magnesium, melatonin and L-theanine among others. Knowing which supplements to consider can give you focus.

Personal note: I like Natural Factors and their products and we use them in my home AND I buy my products at the local independent health food store. Independent health food stores are where you can talk with educated owners and staff and have access to the best companies and products. Find a good health food store and you will have a valuable ally in your health quest.

Dr. Kate Rhéaume, ND

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Dr. Kate Rhéaume is a graduate and former faculty member of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is an author and naturopathic doctor and lectures internationally on many topics related to health and wellness, and is a frequent guest on radio and television across North America. She is the author of the best-selling book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life.

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Today, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in North America. But our origins reach back to the 1950s, and right from day one, we’ve always been fully committed to making products right. We are not a public company with shareholders to impress. Instead, we care about impressing you.

One of the things that set Natural Factors apart from others in our industry is the breadth of knowledge represented by the scientific experts that work for us. Drawn from around the world and chosen for their unique training and background, our scientists and quality control specialists are recognized experts in their fields.

Factors Farms are certified organic, we don’t pollute the earth with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Our crops are fertilized only with compost and nitrogen-rich sea plants. We grow true “species” non-hybridized, non-GMO seeds, including many open-pollinated varieties. Growing locally also helps reduce carbon emissions from overseas transportation, and keep jobs in the community.

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385 – What is the Best Form of CoQ10?

As the population ages, more attention is being devoted to the prevention of disease and its effects. Heart disease heads the list, with millions of people suffering from it throughout the country. Aging also can affect the quality of one’s life–reducing energy and vitality. In recent years, medical research has looked to compounds known as antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals in the body, preventing cellular damage that can otherwise contribute to diseases. Researchers continue to find evidence that CoQ10 affects our health in powerful and positive. Studies link optimal immune system function with an increased level of CoQ10 in the body and prove that it promotes the maintenance of healthy tissue as well. With aging, the ability of our bodies to produce and metabolize CoQ10 declines, possibly from diseases, insufficient dietary intake, and oxidation. Some reports state that this decline in CoQ10 becomes apparent after the age of 40. In this interview with Dr. Barry, you’ll discover how to increase your energy, vitality, and improve your overall health.

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384 – Understanding Traditional Medicinal Mushrooms

There are over 50,000 species of mushroom! (That includes yeasts and fungi.) Some are psychoactive, some poisonous, and some are beneficial to our health. Some even SAVE lives! Penicillin was developed from a fungus and has saved over 200 million lives. Mushrooms have consistently shown their use at least as far back as the time of the Egyptians.

But which mushrooms should you use? Of all the mushrooms that effectively boost our health, these six are universally considered to be the most powerful and beneficial: Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Shiitake and Maitake. Each of these mushrooms have a unique history that we’re excited to share with you.

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383 – What You Can Do for Anxiety and Stress

In this interview Jolie Root discusses nutrition and lifestyle to help manage stress and anxiety. There is a lot one can do for themselves when dealing with anxiety. Jolie explains the MIND diet (see below) and the specific nutritional supplements known to help brain function.
If you don’t have some anxiety these days, then you haven’t been paying attention. That may actually be a good thing as we seem to be bombarded with things to worry about. Even during normal times we can be anxious about family, finances, health, the weather, the future even. Add to that the stress of the Covid pandemic and anxiety can be overwhelming.

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382 – A Plant-based Vegan Alternative to Fish Oil!

In this interview Ross Pelton will discuss the nutritional importance of omega-3 fatty acids. He will also focus on 8 plant-based omega-3 rich plant oils found in Dr. Ohhira’s Essential Living Oils by Essential Formulas.

“Humans literally must have Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in order to live. That’s why they’re called “essential.” Since our bodies cannot manufacture EFAs, we need to acquire them from food or supplements.*

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381 – Nutrition for Women’s Hormonal Health

In this interview, Dr. Marita Schauch explains the role of homones for women. Women deal with a lot of hormonal challenges and these challenges change over time. In addition to the “female” hormones women can also be challenged by imbalances with the adrenal and thyroid hormones. Dr. Schauch will also discuss Polycycstic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Dr. Schauch works with women in a clinical setting and is able to help women medically and nutritionally as a Naturopathic Physician. As such she is able to evaluate women more holistically and call upon the best nutritional products for her patients.

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380 – PureWay-C™ is a Unique and Better Vitamin C

I have been a big fan of PureWay-C™ for over 10 years and it is the only vitamin C supplement that I recommend as being better than all the rest. How does one know if PureWay-C™ is really better? You have to look at research and evaluate what that research reveals.

Recently published scientific research has shown that our patent-pending PureWay-C™ outperforms other leading forms of Vitamin C in terms of metabolic functions. PureWay-C™ offers better immune protection, more potent antioxidant and higher free radical scavenging capabilities.

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379 – Understanding and Improving Your Acid/Alkaline Balance

In this interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe, we will explore the importance of the acid/alkaline balance. Dr. Jaffe explains what this balance is and why it is critical for human health. We will explore the challenges of a body that is out of balance and more importantly how does one correct an imbalance. You will learn how you can maintain a better balance over your lifetime. This is one of the important biomarkers that you can manage yourself at home. Once you understand how to do this through diet and supplementation you will be able maintain the balance in the healthy range.

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378 – How to Improve Your Immune Response

The reality of immunity is that it is your own immune cells that do the work. When we eat nutritious foods, and take the right supplements then all cells in the body including the immune cells can function better. Poor nutritional status can compromise the structure and function of immune cells. Your goal should be to take those nutrients which are known to be important. In this interview Jim LaValle will discuss the most important nutrients and why they are critical for immune support.

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377 – How to Improve the Ketogenic Diet

In this interview Carrie Pattison discusses the ketogenic diet. The keto diet is very popular and people do lose weight. However the keto diet also has some nutritional challenges. We will discuss what the keto diet is as well as what it is not. Carrie will describe the keto concerns and how you can support yourself during dieting.

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376 – Is Your Vitamin D Status Optimal?

This is one of the most important discussions we can have at this time. Vitamin D is now confirmed by the medical experts to be important for healthy immune system function. We have confirmed that as many as 80% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. We have confirmed that people with low levels of vitamin D are more at risk for infections and are more at risk for serious complications, hospitalizations and death*. Vitamin D has emerged as one of the most important nutritional supplements for this time and for all time going forward. The verdict is in: you need to take supplemental vitamin D*.

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