386 – Better Mornings with More Energy

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 mornings 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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