Two Nutrient-Packed Superfoods for More Energy, Focus & Productivity 

 

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Energy. Focus. Productivity.

Raise your hand if you could use more of those things in your life.

If you’re like me and millions of other people, I bet your hand shot up.

It’s almost crazy to even ask. But if energy is so important, why don’t we have the levels we want?

The sad truth is many of us have “energy robbers” and “energy drainers” in our lives. And i If you wake up tired, how likely are you to the gym? Eat a healthy breakfast? Or, at the very least, feel great all day?

I have good news though: It doesn’t have to be that way.  

Thanks to what I call “the rule of the cup.

When you fill your daily cup with energy (and aren’t running on fumes), you’ll have fuel to go all day long.

You’ll get into the zone and create. And your productivity will skyrocket. People will look at you and say, “Wow! What got into you today?”

Only it won’t just be today. It will be every day going forward.

Don’t just take my word for it. Tony Robbins, businessman, best-selling author and philanthropist, shares the same belief about how important energy can be for changing your life.

He says, “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”

Tony Robbins

So, what’s in your daily cup? And is it half-full or half-empty?

Because it influences your state of mind, your feelings, your health, your energy and more.  

What I recommend you for more energy might not surprise you.

But it may surprise you to find out that this particular beverage is not only great for boosting productivity, focus, mood and performance, but it’s also one of the healthiest drinks on earth.


Coffee: An Energizing and Nourishing Superfood

Who says you have to give up your morning cup of coffee to be healthy?

For coffee lovers, mornings wouldn’t be the same without that rich, satisfying cup of joe. From the first sip to the last drop, it’s more than just a beverage. It’s a rejuvenating and energizing experience — one that they aren’t about to do without.

In fact, more than 80 percent Americans start their day with coffee. That’s 4 out of 5 people choosing and savoring this beloved beverage every single day, adding up to 150 billion cups a year.

Coffee is so cherished in our culture that we’ve carved out an entire day just to celebrate it: National Coffee Day, which occurs each September 29th.

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It’s no wonder that coffee’s the second most popular commodity on earth — only behind crude oil!

It’s also clear that coffee lovers are passionate about their java, and they have many reasons to be.

Not only is it a delightfully enjoyable morning and afternoon beverage, but studies show coffee can support everything from energy levels, mental focus and productivity to brain health and more.†

But coffee’s benefits — like it’s flavor — go much deeper than that into the bean itself.


The Energizing Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee contains a naturally complex botanical profile. In fact, there are at least 1,000 nutritional compounds in the coffee bean itself. And although caffeine is the most notable, it’s just one of the healthful features inside this powerful bean.

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Back then, they may have attributed caffeine’s effects to sublime powers of the plants, but today, the energizing effects of caffeine and coffee are widely recognized.

Research continues to show that caffeine’s energizing qualities go much deeper than just a short energy burst. It can also help with supporting metabolic rate, fat oxidation and physical energy.†

But how does caffeine deliver these “energizing” effects?†

To understand how caffeine functions as an energizer, we have to look a little closer at its effects on neurotransmitters. These are brain chemicals that communicate information throughout the brain and the body.

Caffeine influences the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine. Dopamine, for instance, affects levels of concentration.

Caffeine also plays a role in blocking receptors in the basal forebrain. When these receptors are not blocked, they usually send signals to the brain that it’s time to go to bed. But when they’re blocked, there’s a tendency to feel less sleepy and more alert.†

Caffeine also boosts the release of catecholamines, such as adrenaline, via the sympathetic nervous system. Among other things, adrenaline serves to make the heart beat faster, to send more blood to your muscles and to get your liver to release sugar into the bloodstream for energy.†

Here’s the bottom line: Independent research by scientists have linked a number of coffee’s compounds, including caffeine, with a host of physiological benefits.†

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Choose Coffee and Nix the “Energy” Drinks

One thing is abundantly clear: The benefits you get from moderate coffee consumption are far greater than you ever could get from consuming sugar-rich, super-caffeinated energy drinks.

In fact, many of these “so-called” energy drinks can lead to an energy crisis. They are loaded with sugar and contain over-the-top amounts of “isolated” (a.k.a. unnatural) caffeine.

While it’s true that a moderate amount of naturally occurring caffeine from coffee can have healthy, energizing benefits, overdoing caffeine can be harmful.

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And that’s just a partial list!

A cup of coffee typically contains anywhere from 50 to 100 milligrams of naturally-occurring caffeine (espresso contains less caffeine than a “typical” cup of brewed coffee) and no sugar — unless you add it.

On the other hand, many popular energy drinks contain 240 milligrams (!) of caffeine (or more) and several TABLESPOONS of sugar.

So, while it may seem like energy drinks would be more effective, they actually just spike your blood sugar and lead to a quick crash. In some instances, the results can be even more detrimental to health.

Who needs or wants that?

But relying on coffee for fuel alone would leave your daily cup incomplete. You need one more superfood for nourishing balance.


Be Sure to Fill Up Your Cup with Bone Broth, Another Energizing Superstar

Bone broth

Bone broth gets a lot of attention as a health food superfood these days.

Athletes, celebrities and people like you and me swear by its health-boosting benefits for good reason. Bone broth is an amazing source of easy-to-digest protein, a good source of hydration and more. Plus, it’s loaded with protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals — making it a favorite go-to for energy, too.

In fact, it’s a great morning and afternoon pick-me-up that people fill their cups with to drink in its energizing goodness!

Yes, bone broth can be an energizing beverage of its own.


Protein’s Energizing Power for Our Cells

Amino acids

Amino acids, of course, are the major building blocks of protein, and a few key amino acids in bone broth include:

Glycine: Glycine is a main component of collagen. While the smallest amino acid size-wise, it has huge and powerful effects on the body.† Glycine is necessary for the building of healthy DNA and RNA strands, the genetic building blocks that are essential for properly functioning body cells.†

Glycine’s also one of the three amino acids that form creatine, which supports healthy muscles as well as healthy energy levels during workouts.†  

Then there are glycine’s positive effects on metabolism. Glycine often acts as a glucogenic amino acid, which means that it can support healthy blood sugar levels in the body, while also supporting healthy energy levels, supporting the fueling of skeletal muscles and healthy muscles.†  

Additionally, glycine is a precursor to the production of glutathione, “the mother of all antioxidants.”

Proline: Proline is a non-essential amino acid, which means the body can make it, but it’s still important to overall health. Proline is necessary for proper collagen formation, tissue repair, healthy arterial function and healthy blood pressure.†

In fact, proline makes up approximately 15 percent of collagen and helps the body to break down proteins to use in healthy cells — so proline’s really important, all the way down to the cellular level in our bodies.†

Bone broth also contains peak performance-fueling electrolytes: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium.

Electrolytes are ions that carry the electrical energy necessary for many functions, including muscle contractions and transmission of nerve impulses.

Many bodily functions depend on electrolytes, and electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and others — found in bone broth — are critical for allowing cells to generate ENERGY.†

So, bone broth can be great for fueling you through a workout or daily life. It also aids in recovery.

By now you know I’m intentional about filling my energy, focus and productivity “cup” with powerful superfoods — coffee and bone broth — so that I have the energy to accomplish what’s important in my life.

But it used to be impractical to mix the two.

Until now.

See my favorite way to consume both of their energizing and nourishing benefits.

 

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.