10 Holistic Lifestyle Tips to Increase Your Energy, Strength, and Immunity

10 Holistic Lifestyle Tips to Increase Your Energy, Strength, and Immunity

The top things that I hear on a regular basis from my clients is what can they do to have more energy, feel stronger, and have a healthy immune system so they can feel great.


I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tips to help you start enjoying more energy, strength, and immunity right now!


10 Holistic Lifestyle Tips to Increase Your Energy, Strength, and Immunity


Stay Hydrated.

Our bodies are around 70 % water. Water is essential for life. Respiration, metabolism, and digestion all require water to function optimally. Drinking purified or spring water and eating water-rich foods will help you stay hydrated. Drinking water and eating water-rich foods also moves toxins and waste out of your body, enables you to burn calories more efficiently, and will increase your energy levels naturally.


Eat cultured/fermented foods on a regular basis.

Cultured/fermented foods fill your body with healing probiotics, enzymes, and key nutrients for good health. These cultured/fermented foods will heal your digestive system, optimize digestion so you can digest foods better, eliminate cravings for sugar, help cleanse your body, strengthen your immune system, and increase your energy. To find out more about the benefits of these wonderful foods check out my post and try this recipe.


Start your day with a green smoothie.

Green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to start the day. Green smoothies are easy to digest liquid nutrition that tastes yummy and provides you with a boost of energy and hydration in a glass. Combining green leafy vegetables and fruits in a smoothie is the perfect way for you to enjoy nutrient-dense whole food nutrition in an ideal and easy way and drinking them on a regular basis will strengthen your immune system. To find out more about the benefits of green smoothies check out my post.


Take plant-based digestive enzymes with every meal.

Enzymes are crucial for every chemical action that takes place in your body. Plant-based digestive enzymes give your own digestive system extra help to break down and digest protein, carbohydrates, starches, fats, sugars, lactose, and fiber. Our digestive enzymes are necessary for releasing and absorbing key nutrients needed for energy production and cell growth. These supplemental plant-based enzymes work in conjunction with your body’s own digestive enzymes to free up more energy so that your body can use this energy to repair itself and heal.


Eat one dark leafy green vegetable salad once or twice daily with lunch and or dinner.

Leafy greens and vegetables like onions, cucumbers, carrots, celery, and radishes are water-rich and packed with nutrients that will give you more energy, strength, and better immunity. Some of these healing nutrients include protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, enzymes, and fiber. Enjoy your salads with simple homemade vinaigrettes that are made with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or raw nut/seed oils and fresh citrus juice or vinegars like raw apple cider vinegar.


Practice mindful eating.

Mindful eating aids digestion and better absorption of nutrients which will help keep you strong and energized. Mindful eating also helps us to recognize the difference between true hunger and emotional eating. Some ways to practice mindful eating is to be grateful for the wonderful foods you are about to enjoy. Stop to breathe deeply for several minutes before eating. Savor the flavors, colors, textures, and smells of the food and take the time to chew it slowly. Don’t eat in front of the television.


Aim for a good night of sleep every night.

Sleep is critical for optimum health. Sleep has a direct effect on our physical, emotional, and mental well being. Getting enough sleep can help keep our energy levels high during the day and our immune system strong. Some tips for a restful night of sleep include: turn off all electrical devices like the television and computer. Wear an eye mask to block out light. Don’t eat or drink right before going to bed. Avoid exercising before bedtime. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule. Avoid caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants before going to bed. Buy a comfortable mattress. Minimize noise and extremes in temperature.


Reduce your stress level.

High stress levels drain your energy and compromise your good health. Doing things to reduce your stress will strengthen your immune system and help your emotional wellbeing. Some ways to relieve stress include: When you feel stressed out, stop what you’re doing, take a small break, and breathe deeply for 5 minutes to calm your mind.  Exercise regularly. Take time to relax and do something good for yourself every day. Stay positive even in the face of difficulties.


Exercise on a regular basis.

The benefits of regular exercise are well researched. Exercise has more benefits then I will list here but some of my favorites are: exercise improves your mood, keeps you physically fit, boosts your energy, builds muscle and strong bones, strengthens your immune system, lowers the risk of disease, and relieves stress.


Make better choices for your personal care and home cleaning products.

Start using eco-friendly, organic, natural products on your body and in your home. This will reduce the toxic burden on you and our planet.


I hope that these 10 holistic lifestyle tips will help you to experience more energy, strength, and immunity in your life.


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  1. Pretty cool stuff there, I never though eating cultured/fermented foods regularly can crave my sugar cravingss. Will take note of that, as I’m trying to be more active nowadays. Anyway, will you be kind enough to make a post that talks about some meal/food tips for an active day? Thanks in advance.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      I will do that Stevie, and thanks for the good suggestion. I will also be posting some recipes over the next few weeks for cultured foods so check back because they really do help with cravings for sugar.

  2. One thing I really need to work on is including more cultured food into my diet. Most of the others I’m pretty good on (not perfect tho;) ). One thing at a time, right? Thanks for the great list. All so very true.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi France, You are so right one thing at a time and before you know it you are doing everything you need to have vibrant health and more energy, strength, and immunity. I will be posting some easy recipes for cultured foods soon so check back.

      • Yes really true that culture and Fermentation food is very helpful and beneficial for health.
        Fermentation is an previous method that everyone’s heard of, which takes sugars and converts them to alcohol and carbon dioxide using a variety of yeasts, bacteria, or both. The process breaks down foods and brings them to simplified states nutritionally speaking, which the body often finds very useful. Once foods undergo fermentation, they’re going through a biochemical change, which typically has different nutritional properties than the foods did in their original state.
        I have post many things about culture and fermentation food later.Keep it up friends….
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  3. Out of all the tips listed, the thing that is hard for me is “regular exercise” 🙁 . I always get tangled with work lately and I failed to do the usual exercise routine I use to do before ;(
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Herbert, I understand about work making it difficult for you to do regular exercise. When I’m really busy I try to take a few 15 minute breaks to walk outside, work out on the elliptical, or dance to my favorite music and it really helps me feel better and reduces my stress. Maybe you can try this and see how it works for you. Any amount of exercise that you can squeeze into your day really helps.

  4. Lynn Brown

    Thank you Shelley for sharing these lifestyle tips. As France comments above, I too am pretty good with everything except the cultured food. I have a husband and teenage son that make that pretty difficult. But I try my best! Appreciate the reminder 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Absolutely Lynn. Doing whatever you can from this list will make a great difference in your health. I will be posting some easy recipes for making cultured foods in the next few weeks. You can also buy cultured vegetables from companies like Rejuvenative Foods and Goldmine if you don’t have time to make your own.

  5. Hi Shelley

    What a good info post.

    I would love to do every thing that you point out , it makes a lot of sense.

    If I can’t do every thing then I will focus on the one’s I can do. I do something
    on this moment that I did not do in the past and that is to Spin 3 to 4 time a week
    on my spinner to keep me going on my Bicycle through the winter time here in
    South Africa I love exercise so I will focus on that.

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Theuns, I’m happy to hear that you will focus on the things you can do. It’s not about being perfect but about trying to do something everyday that will help you feel good. Spinning is alot of fun and great exercise.

  6. Hydration is so important! Something easy to do , easy not to do! As for fermentation, I am drinking Kombucha Gingerade flavor right now. I am eating more salads now using Bragg’s healthy organic salad dressing! And I meditate almost every day. Still got other stuff to work on but moving in the right direction!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Jim, I’m so happy to hear that you are moving in the right direction and making some great healthy choices for your life. Bravo and keep it going!

  7. A very good list. I know I need to work harder on the exercise. I get busy and neglect it.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Melodie, Exercise does seem to be the one thing that gets put on the back burner when we get busy. If you can try to start with taking a 15 minute break everyday to do some exercise and build from there it will really make a big difference in how you feel.

  8. Michael

    These are great ideas Shelley, thank you for sharing them. I was especially struck by the mindful eating tip. Such an important thing to be present when we are taking nourishment in. So many times, we look at our plates only to discover they are empty and we wonder where the food has gone because we were doing something besides eating while we were eating.

    I have also found that mindful food preparation, fixing food with love for the doing of it, makes a really big difference in how we feel when we are eating.

    Thank you for a great post, your blog is one of the best food blogs I have ever seen. I really like visiting a lot. 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Michael, I’m so happy and grateful to hear that you like my food blog, it means alot to me. You’re so right about preparing your food with love because it really does make a big difference in how we feel when we eat it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  9. Hi Shelley,
    you are providing some great tips here for energy and immunity.
    We certainly would be very healthy if we followed those every day.
    In regards to immunity I just learned today that antibiotics are even used on apples and kiwifruit.
    That to me is more reason to invest in organic food.

    Thank you for sharing this great information!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Yorinda, I’m glad you find this information helpful. Everyday I try to do these 10 tips and they really help keep me energized and healthy. I hope they do the same for you.

  10. Hi Shelley:

    Very informative and practical article! Thanks for sharing all this good advice!

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  11. Great Post Shelley. I really got alot out of this. Thank you for sharing!
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  12. Shelley,
    I know how important it is to have a green smoothie in the morning. Not only does it seem to curb my appetite throughout the day but it make my whole system more alkaline – and diseases cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. I don’t tend to have enough fermented foods and I often do not hydrate myself adequately, even though I know how important it is. Thanks for the reminder and the beautiful images on your site. Makes me want to learn more healthy recipes from you.


    Dr. Erica
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Dr. Erica, Green smoothies are wonderful. I’m glad the article gave you some good reminders and thanks for your kind words about my site.

  13. These are some really great tips, Shelley. We especially love starting our day with a green smoothie – even our 14 month old! And I can tell you, that on those days that we skip our smoothie, we definitely feel a difference in our energy levels later in the day!

    I’m sharing this on FB and Pinterest – Thanks for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday and we hope you’ll come back again and join us next week!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you like the tips I shared on Tiny Tip Tuesday and green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to start my day with lots of nutrients and energy too. I will come back to visit your blog again!

  14. Shelley, I love these tips! I have a green smoothie every day, although not always at the outset. And I love my Greek yogurt! My biggest challenge to myself is to drink enough water during the day.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Steve, I’m so happy that you love my tips and are making green smoothies every day! One of the ways I get myself to drink more water is to start with a 24 ounce glass first thing in the morning with lemon juice in it. I also like adding berries, oranges, and cucumber into a pitcher of water to steep and I drink it during the day between meals. I hope this helps you get more water in.

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  18. Specially these days, I really would highly stress out on Being Properly hydrated. People – specially those who drink (alcohol) – usually forget or disregard this and go to the gym the next morning. For me it’s both unhealthy and unsafe.

    Keep the water coming guys.

  19. I agree with Shelly. Starting the day with a green smoothie will make your body healthy and provide you with enough energy. Also one does need to consume regular amount of water in order to avoid being dehydrated. Most people don’t know that water is a good cleansing material for removing toxins out of the body.

  20. Great blog. The above listed points will help me to reduce my stress. I”all appreciate your post. A big thanks for sharing it.
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  21. I always go for # 1 . Staying hydrated in hot weather.

  22. Thanks, Shelley, these tips are really helpful for me. For me, regular exercise and a good sleep at night are the most important. Even, when I am not at home, I try to adjust and do some stretching and exercises. These really help me to stay energetic and focused.
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