This time of year, families with school-age kids want enough energy to perform well through the day, and then get a good night’s sleep. That’s not always easy. Between work, school, after-school activities and everything else that goes into running your household, you may feel like you’re dragging.
Sleep and energy are more impacted by what we do or don’t do, rather than by any supplements we may take. If you’re stressed all the time, you’ve got a million things going on and you’re eating a lot of sugar, you’re probably not going to sleep well.
The solution is not to take something for sleep. You need to eliminate the things that are interfering with your sleep.
It’s the same with energy. If we’re dragging all the time, something is interfering with our natural energetic state.
I always believe it starts with food.
Concentrate on eating whole foods. Skip the energy drinks. Ditch the high-carb, sugary snacks.
I don’t even like supplements for sleep or energy because they generally just mask the problem. They don’t eliminate the things that are preventing you from sleeping deeply. They don’t help you overcome whatever is preventing you from having a lot of energy when you’re awake.
There’s one exception. And it starts with superfoods for bees to feed on.
There’s a food-based supplement that’s been on my radar recently. It’s honey — but not ordinary honey. In fact, there’s nothing ordinary about this honey I’m recommending. Let me explain.
The story starts when doctors first observed that beekeepers are among the most long-lived professionals on the planet. They figured it must have something to do with the fact they regularly eat honey, and they were right!
We already know honey has some really vital nutrients. Your grandmother recommended honey made from buckwheat for sore throats — she was right, of course. And people spend a lot of money on honey made from the manuka tree.
But manuka and buckwheat aren’t the only things bees can feast on. In addition to manuka and buckwheat, there are many wonderful medicinal properties in the roots, stems, leaves, fruits and barks of the herbs. For example, hops. Sure, they’re used to make beer. They also contain substances that help us deal with anxiety and insomnia. Groats, hibiscus, sage … these all have wonderful medicinal properties.
But how do you get bees to eat them? Some of them are in forms that aren’t even edible by people, including the stems and bark of specific plants!
Israeli researchers have developed a high-tech process that does just that! They create special extracts from an incredible array of herbs and botanicals that have huge medicinal values. Then they deliver these extracts right to the hive, and the bees eat it up! It’s a superfood for the bees.
These bees use the extract to produce a nutrient-dense honey-like substance that is unlike anything else on the planet. But it’s actually a medicinal food. It’s like a supplement that comes in food form.
You can get these honeys, called MELs, on Amazon. They make different varieties for immune support, digestion and many other health benefits. Two that I love most are:
- RelaxMEL: It’s produced using botanicals that affect anxiety, relaxation and insomnia; and
- EnergyMEL: It’s produced using botanicals associated with more energy, vitality and cognitive focus.
I feel very confident about recommending these to parents for their kids and themselves. They contain no GMOs. There’s nothing artificial in them. And because of the very small dosage amounts, they aren’t going to do much to your blood sugar.
You can’t go wrong doing this for your kids and yourselves. Just make sure you’re also eating whole foods, getting plenty of sunshine, exercising and reducing stress. Also, do the right stuff at bedtime such as keeping the room temperature about 68 degrees, turning off the TV and not looking at your phone.
When you set yourself up for a good night’s sleep, that also sets you up for a day filled with energy.