30 JUN - 2023
A guide on restoring our Essential Energy.
When it comes to our energy levels, we all want the same thing - to feel at our peak, all day, everyday. In an ideal world, I’d love to wake up at 5.30am in a spritely mood following a restful 8-hour slumber, ready to seize the day. However, in the modern world that we live in, where everyone is hustling as a multi-hyphenate and juggling a variety of roles at work as well as having to socialise and take on family responsibilities, our energy levels are depleted by 3pm. Throw in a mid-arvo coffee and the stimulation of social media during bedtime, and we’re all tossing and turning for hours through the night.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could forgo caffeine and take something to elevate our baseline energy levels? Luckily for us, BePure was created out of necessity to help kiwis feel better and live a life full of vitality and drive. From boosting our energy in the day to helping us wind down in the evening, BePure combines science and research with a holistic health approach to help you find baseline wellness and get more out of everyday.
From transparency and efficacy of supplements to understanding gut health, inflammation, food quality and the power of Omega 3, we’ll be deep diving with BePure Lead Researcher & Product Developer, Lisa Walker, to get the expert’s know-how on boosting our essential energy.
Transparency and Efficacy of Supplements
Firstly, it’s important to go through a vetting stage when choosing your nutraceuticals so you know that what you see, is what you get. Not only does BePure lean on scientific research to know what works, they also also lean on years of clinical experience - and that is what makes their products so unique.
“At BePure, we care deeply about product quality, transparency and efficacy, so much so that we source our ingredients from a wide variety of places across the globe, chasing quality and efficacy above everything else,” Lisa says. At BePure, it takes 1-2 years to go from the ideation stage to a tangible product which goes to show how much R&D, including customer feedback and clinical experience, is required to create a product that will make a noticeable difference in someone’s life.
“We leverage the knowledge and experience of our Clinical Nutrition team that work with people with a whole host of health challenges,” Lisa continues. On top of this, they regularly batch test for contaminants, oxidation, microbes and allergens to ensure that customers are getting what is on the label.
What is Essential Energy?
‘Essential Energy’ is a lifestyle concept that means different things to different people. For an athlete, this could be defined as having the motivation to push a little harder on race day, whereas for a working mum, this could mean having more stamina to play with her children once she gets home from her job. For me, as a business owner who works in a deadline-driven industry, my energy goals are all about increasing my day-to-day stamina to tick off more things on my to-do list! It may seem like a small goal but being able to juggle all my tasks without accumulating stress is all I could ever wish for!
Additionally, Essential Energy can be influenced by a range of variables such as our inflammation levels, sleep habits, stress levels, gut health, hormonal wellbeing, dietary intake, relationships and nutritional status.
Lisa advises that the best way to start finding what works best for you is to eat a whole foods diet supported by additional essential nutrients. “Essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are needed to undertake millions of biochemical reactions in our bodies and are required for everything from quality sleep, and emotional resilience, to mental wellbeing, and cognitive clarity,” she says. The nature of the nutrients doesn’t allow our bodies to create them ourselves, and so, we need to ingest them regularly from food and in supplement form to maintain our wellbeing.
Omega-3 is one of the most evidence-based natural health supplements in existence.
Diminishing Food Quality
There’s a lot of talk about the food quality that we are accustomed to compared to what our ancestors used to eat. With this being said, food is still, first and foremost, the main source of nutrition when it comes to energy and health. After all, you can’t just live off supplements - they are exactly what they’re so aptly called, a means to supplement your diet!
Lisa advises that eating a balanced and inclusive diet that consists mainly of unprocessed foods that are rich in nutrients, fibre and antioxidants, is the best way to meet our bodies’ daily needs. “Based on my experience and knowledge, I recommend people eat as well as they can and consider topping their body up with a high-quality multivitamin and fish oil supplement - consider it a health insurance policy,” she says.
BePure One is the ultimate multi-vitamin that tackles mineral and vitamin deficiencies in one go. From vitamins A, B, C, D, E to selenium, magnesium, zinc and a huge range of natural powerhouse extracts, it’s their bestseller for good reason.
The Power of Omega 3
“Omega-3 is one of the most evidence-based natural health supplements in existence and are noted to be beneficial to almost every aspect of wellbeing,” Lisa states. There’s a wealth of scientific evidence pointing to Omega 3 for increased skin health, mental wellbeing, metabolic health, neurological and cognitive health, heart disease, and fertility, just to name a few.
“Omega 3s play a critical role in the health of all of our cells and have the ability to influence our genetic expression, immune system, neurological development and function. Essentially, they are broadly beneficial to every organ system in our body, making them an undeniable win for our health,” she says.
Getting enough omega 3 from our food can be challenging. Plus, if you’re somebody who balances excess stress and poor sleep with fatty food (saturated and trans fats) and alcohol (more than 4-7 standard drinks per week) as a vice, taking omega-3 is an absolute no-brainer.
“Humans are practically donuts. We have a massive externally exposed tube that runs from our mouth to our anus. This internal ‘donut hole’ is our gastrointestinal tract - aka our gut,” Lisa describes. Not only does it help us digest food, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste, it also plays a critical role in our immune resilience. “Our microbiota make happy neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine, training and supporting our immune system, and produce a number of anti-inflammatory substances that help to dampen aches and pains,” Lisa says.
Here’s the catch - our microbiome is healthiest when it’s diverse and rich which means there needs to be an abundance of species and enough of each type. In order to do this, we need to consume a wide variety of foods that are rich in both probiotics and prebiotics. Think foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, kefir and kombucha - and you need to have them on a regular basis. As a Korean, my intake of fermented food is quite high with one of my favourite meals being fermented soybean stew with kimchi.
If you’re not an avid consumer of fermented foods, then a single serving of BePure Two provides a daily dose of probiotics and prebiotics to foster microbial diversity for a comfy tum tum and regular bowel motions.
Inflammation has an overarching reputation that is generally negative, but in reality, it plays an essential role in healing and is necessary for our wellbeing. However, when it runs amok and becomes an ongoing issue, it can become chronic in nature and lead to a host of diseases associated with aging such as diabetes, cancer, IBS and heart disease.
“Signs of inflammation in our body are no different to your car's dashboard engine light that blinks when something is wrong or needs attention. In this scenario, it makes sense to address what caused the light to turn red, rather than take out the bulb to stop it flashing, “ Lisa says. Poor sleep, inadequate nutrition, chronic stress, blood sugar imbalances and poor gut health are some of the key drivers that can lead us to having chronic low-grade levels of inflammation.
The good news is, for many of us, a mere lifestyle change in opting for nutrient-dense foods and engaging in mindfulness practices can remedy the ‘flashing light.’ For others, adequate nutrition, dietary fibre and antioxidants can be helpful but insufficient to keep chronic inflammation at bay. This is when the addition of key anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients can be life changing and necessary.
While in the first stages of committing to a big lifestyle change, it can be a little bit daunting and overwhelming, especially if you’re in a slump! However, there are scientifically proven pathways that with the integration of high-strength supplements, a nutritious diet, accompanied with a positive can-do attitude, you'll be able to get more out of your days and ultimately, live a happier life. Whether it's to amplify your morning energy to get up and go or to wind down the wired mind and float off to a peaceful slumber, BePure has a solution for it all. Hopefully, this article has given you the knowledge and therefore the will, to instil small positive habits and level up your essential energy to get the most out of your life!