Do you suffer from D.A.S?
D.A.S, or Dragging Ass Syndrome, affects millions of people every single day.
Symptoms include low energy levels, chronic fatigue or weariness, depression, difficulty concentrating, a lack of motivation or desire to be awesome and conquer life, and just generally acting like a moody little b*tch.
If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms chronically, or know anyone who does, please read this article and help me put an end to D.A.S immediately.
The following tips will help to increase your energy levels and put a little “Pep in your step” on a frequent and more consistent basis.
1. Wake up at the same time (or as close to it as possible) every single day.
Your Circadian Rhythm, ever heard of it?
Your body’s master clock, or SCN ( Suprachiasmatic Nucleus), controls the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy.
While our circadian rhythms do depend on a variety of environmental factors, including light and darkness, consistency is, in my opinion, the most important of all.
As the saying goes, “We are creatures of habit.”
Consciously anchoring your wake time in place will “cue” your body (and hormones) to when it should be awake and when it should be asleep.
Waking up at the same time consistently will help you to get a better night’s sleep and wake up in the morning more energized and D.A.S free.
2. Eat light throughout the day.
When you wake up in the morning, your Central Nervous System (CNS) is operating primarily in Sympathetic mode.
In this state, you are more alert and focused.
You want to try and keep your body in this state throughout the day until it’s time to rest and recover.
Do this by avoiding heavy meals and starchy carbohydrates.
A heavy meal, or one high in carbohydrates, will spike your insulin and cause your brain to produce serotonin and make tryptophan, a chemical responsible for sleepiness.
Therefore, if you want to feel energized and fire on all cylinders throughout the day, make sure you stick to light meals high in protein and low in starchy carbs.
Easily digestible protein (chicken, fish, eggs, etc.), non starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit should make up the majority of what you consume throughout the day.
3. Eat nutrient dense foods.
We are an overfed, under nourished society.
That’s why so many of us are fat and lazy.
While we are eating enough calories to produce excess body fat, the majority of those calories are “empty;” and instead of giving us the energy we need to function properly, they leave us feeling tired and with less energy than before we ate.
Eat a wide variety nutrient dense foods, specifically fruits and vegetables!
Aim for 6 or more servings of vegetables, and between 2-3 servings of fruit.
This will ensure you get the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients necessary to kick D.A.S to the curb and rock your day.
If you have a hard time eating that many fruits and veggies, take a high quality greens supplement daily like Green Vibrance.
4. Stay hydrated.
Studies have shown that just a 1% drop in optimal hydration can affect energy levels, mood, and cognitive functions.
I recommend starting with at least half of your body weight in ounces.
Once you do that, perform a “Pee Test.”
Your urine should come out light yellow – almost clear.
If your urine comes out any darker on a consistent basis, you know that you are most likely dehydrated and need to be drinking more H20.
5. Limit your caffeine intake.
Not only is caffeine a potent diuretic (see tip 4), but it will also mask symptoms of D.A.S and prevent you from tackling the root cause of what’s actually causing your lack of energy.
Try to keep your caffeine intake to no more than two-three cups of coffee, or between 200 and 300 mg’s of caffeine per day.
Also, do not consume ANY caffeine within 6 hours of bedtime.
Doing so will keep you up later and interfere with your Circadian Rhythm (See tip 1).
6. Get daily sun exposure.
Remember that Circadian Rhythm thing we were talking about earlier?
Well, new research has shown that sun “activated” Vitamin D helps to regulate the genes involved in this bodily process.
Sunlight is a Zeitgeber, which means “time giver” in German.
A Zeitbeger is any external or environmental cue that syncs an organism’s biological rhythms to the earth’s 24 hour light/dark cycle.
Try to get out in the sun daily for at least 20 minutes.
This will help regulate your body’s internal clock, and help you feel energized when you need to be most – during the day!
I love it when people who don’t exercise tell me that they “just can’t sleep at night,” or that they “don’t have the energy for it.”
Our bodies are designed to be active!
And that’s not “trainer talk,” either.
We evolved to move – plain and simple.
Hunter gatherers walked MILES each and every single day in order to survive; and on much less food than we consume now.
This is still in our genes.
Try to get some form of activity in for at least 30 minutes every day.
Whether you are walking, running, jogging, lifting weights, swimming, biking, hiking, sprinting, doing yoga, dancing, or playing a sport, it all counts.
Do this consistently and you will not only see an instant rise in energy levels, but you will undoubtedly have a better night’s rest as well.
8. Salt your food with a high quality Himalayan salt.
The low sodium craze was huge back in 1995.
Too bad it’s 2015.
Anyone who knows anything in the fitness industry – or about the human body in general – will tell you that natural salt is vital to our health and wellness.
Himalayan Sea Salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements found in the human body.
And because of its cellular structure, it stores vibrational energy that is easily absorbed and stored for energy by our cells.
Some of the many benefits include promoting healthy sleep patterns, increasing hydration, and supporting healthy thyroid and adrenal functions, two bodily processes greatly involved in the regulation of our metabolism and energy levels.
Get to your local health food store and purchase some of this stuff ASAP.
Salt your food regularly, and if you are exercising intensely and often, add a pinch or two to every 16 oz’s of water you drink as well!
9. Have your biggest meal at night.
Earlier in this post I talked about our bodies being in Sympathetic mode when we awake in the morning.
This is our CNS’ “flight or fight” mode; we are more alert and focused in this state.
The flip side to that coin is called Parasympathetic mode, our bodies’ “rest and recover” mode.
In this state, we feel relaxed and our cognitive abilities are a bit diminished.
While our natural Circadian Rhythm can put us into this state, a big meal consisting mainly of starchy carbohydrates will also have the same effect: hence the term “Food Coma.”
Therefore, if you are going to get any carbohydrate in the form of starch in your diet (and you should if you are training), the best time would be in the evening with dinner.
I know, it’s completely backwards from what the mainstream fitness magazines will tell you or what your aerobics instructor says, but if you understand at all how the body works in regards to hormone regulation, it makes sense and works phenomenally.
For more on this topic, you can check out one of my earlier posts, here.
10. Do what you love.
This just might be the most important of the 10.
Nothing sucks the life out of you more than working in a job you loathe.
If you aren’t waking up every day excited to be doing what you’re doing, or at least on a path that will get you there some day, you could follow the other 9 tips to the “T” and still feel down with D.A.S.
Live your life with passion.
Do what you love.
Get rid of the “energy vampires” in your life.
If you hate what you do for a living or the people you surround yourself with, you will undoubtedly have trouble getting your energy levels up.
Don’t let D.A.S control your life any longer.
Follow these 10 tips and if you know anyone that suffers from D.A.S, forward the 💩 out of this post and help spread awareness of this debilitating disease.
Every 5 seconds someone with D.A.S looks at themselves in the mirror and asks, “What the F, man?”
Don’t let this happen to you.
Join The D.A.S Challenge today, and follow these 10 tips to a life filled with more energy, love, and passion.
Don’t be a moody little b*tch any longer.
Stand up to D.A.S. and take your life back!