Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Lively Up Yourself!

Posted by Arwyn Wildingway, VFC Wellness Buyer on Sat, Jan 01, 2022 @ 10:00 AM


In this time of reemerging light and new resolutions, we offer you some ideas to keep your energy at its fullest potential!

Breathing fresh air, soaking in some sunshine, drinking clear, clean water, grounding yourself, exercising, singing, laughing, dancing, feeling thankful... All of these things increase our energy by encouraging proper flow through our bodies. 

Increasingly, we are discovering that a diverse microbiome in your gut is an
important key to good health. We need many types of bacteria, like fungi, protozoa, and viruses, to do their jobs in our bodies so we can stay in balance with ourselves and keep immunity levels high.

When our gut is working well, we can digest life with ease. This allows us to keep our immune system, our endocrine system, and other systems in balance while eliminating toxins – which in return allows us to have more energy!

The Co-op carries prebiotic-rich and probiotic-rich foods, as well as supplements that will add diversity to your belly. 

Consider eating prebiotic foods, that help keep your gut bacteria happy and sticking around to do their job, such as: apples, artichokes, dandelion greens, chicory root, jerusalem, seaweed, garlic, onions, asparagus, mushrooms, brassicas, oats, and barley. 

We also have many choices of fermented foods throughout the store. Though if you have a histamine intolerance, have had a recent round of antibiotics, or simply want to strengthen your system – we carry a very wide range shelf-stable and refrigerated probiotics in our Wellness Cooler. Though some are shelf stable, keeping them cool does help to preserve them better. Keep in mind that a larger number of strains per bottle will equate to a greater diversity and resilience in your gut microbiome. 

A good multivitamin can always help cover all your bases. For more specific energy boosters, consider researching other herbal supplements such as: green tea, ashwagandha, ginseng, rhodiola, licorice, as well as mitochondrial support such as CoQ10 and ubiquinol, alpha-lipoic acid, and B vitamins.

Here’s to a healthy new year, and thank you for coming to the Viroqua Food Co+op as a source for health and wellness!

Tags: Wellness/Body Care, Live Enzymes/Probiotics, Supplements, Health, Vitamins