Everything in this world, from nature to the very cells into our bodies, is linked to energy! Yet, aside from scientific discoveries made in relations to it throughout the centuries, energy has only just started taking front seat, when it comes to its effects on our health and lives.
I read two pretty awesome books, both published by Hay House, which deal with energy on different levels and really highlight the importance of it in our lives.
I normally read and review books one at the time, giving as much attention to each as I can, before I move on to the next. But, this time, with my crazy schedule and life happening, I read both before being able to write any review, and, as with everything that happens for me, I have the feeling that this was meant to be!
Both books, Exhausted to Energized, by Dr Libby Weaver, and Dodging Energy Vampires, by my favorite, Dr. Christiane Northrup, have complementing messages and angles about energy, and I truly suggest you buy and read both, to draw as much as you can from them.
Dr. Libby’s book is fabulous and would work for the most skeptical amongst people! She is a Nutritional Biochemist with a PHD and 20 years of experience with patients. Her book reflects her impressive resume as well as the mindful approach to health that paves the way for the next generation of scientists, researchers and doctors.
In her book, Exhausted to Energized, she states that we need to start looking at energy levels as a benchmark for health. This could not resonate more with me.
I notice how my overall physical and emotional health are affected when I feel energized vs. tired, or actually exhausted, after long periods of stress that are accompanies by some lack of self-care.
Feeling exhausted has become the norm for the majority of people; so much so that we rather mask tiredness through the copious consumption of stimulants like coffee, than understand why we feel so wiped out, and do something to fix the cause. Dr. Libby gets that and recognizes our behavior needs to change.
To bring people onboard with understanding energy better, she goes down to cellular level energy production into our body. She starts with the Krebs Cycle, all to do with how energy is produced by Mitochondria in our body. This is the chapter where there is some biochemistry and it can seem complicated but Dr. Libby manages to make it digestible for the least scientific person out there – You do not need to be a gig to read this, trust me!
She explains the roles of antioxidants, Vitamins, Macronutrients (most people know them as Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats). She then branches out to how our nervous system responds to fatigue (including craving sugar) , how our sleep is affected by chronic fatigue, as well as how well and how long we sleep nightly has an impact on our health. The way we breathe and the role of oxygen into energy production. She covers the immune and digestive systems’ roles right down to how toxic our bodies can be and how that impacts how much energy we have. She also speaks about genetics and hormones. She truly looks at it at 360 degrees.
The science is a great way to make people see this is not an “abstract concept” but a rather real issue that we need to look at when it comes to energy. One reason I love her approach, aside from the fact that with every angle she looks at as a cause for energy depletion, she talks about solutions, is that she really embodies the concept of “holistic”. Nothing in our body is singularly responsible for fatigue really; it I a chain of events that triggers reactions, and those reactions affect everything in our bodies. If more doctors looked at health that way, I truly believe we would have less illness.
Understanding the science and some lifestyle tips, also tackled in Dr. Libby’s book, is a great introduction to Dr. Northrup’s approach, who, throughout the years, has grown her medical practice, as OB/GYN, into a very wise and spiritually rich one, looking at health from a metaphysical perspective too.
Dr. Northrup looks at energy levels from an emotional perspective. In her practice, as she assist women in feeling wonderful, she has noticed a pattern that affects women’s health in particular, that has nothing to do with food, but emotional, psychological and spiritual unbalances.
In this book, she speaks about “Empaths”, and how energy can be easily sucked out of people who are highly sensitive, by those she calls: “Energy Vampires”.
“Energy Vampire” is not a term she invented, it has been brought foreword in the last 25 years as research study the effects of some people’s energy on others through certain actions and behaviors.
She sees patients who have a series of health issues, even if they lead what is seemingly a healthy lifestyle. One could say, she is seeing women suffer from exhaustion and other ailments, even though they might be following what Dr. Libby prescribes as a healthy diet, lifestyle, exercise routine.
As Dr. Northrup puts it: “On paper, they are doing all the right things”, but somehow they are depleted and exhausted. She finds that this goes down to having someone in their lives that takes all their energy!
I am positive we can all relate to this feeling. I certainly do; there are people who I just can’t be near to. Before my own awareness kicked in, I would make terrific efforts to be around people who did not make me feel good at all. I even felt guilty for feeling that way and in fact, for the longest time, I thought it was me.
I could never understand what was happening, until one day I decided to keep a diary and study my reactions and the feelings that would come up when I was around certain people.
I honestly believe I could have saved months if I had had this book handy, as Dr. Northrup explains it all so well and even has a list factors to assess relationships with Energy Vamps.
Make no mistake, lifting a pen to the wind did not make this book; there is a clear behavioral pattern that goes with energy vampires that has been studied by experts in psychology throughout the years. If you ask me, I see trains of psychopaths in there: super charming, know what to say to whom, make you feel terribly inadequate and guilty. Textbook!!
The way “Dodging Energy Vampires” is written shares awareness around what Energy Vampires are, how to recognize them and all the tips on how to move away from them. The methods for healing shared here, are well documented as well as experienced by the writer herself (I don’t think I have ever read a book by Dr. Northrup where she did not share her own experience and wisdom that came from it).
What I love in this book is that it also shares the acknowledgement that dealing with Energy Vampires can be a traumatizing experience and even though our relationships with them are terrible for our health, we are so used to them, that leaving them behind needs proper healing.
The last part of the book also shares lifestyle tips to complete healing “PEV” (Post Energy Vampires). This includes diet, breath work, Mindfulness and Self-love.
These two books, “Exhausted to Energized” and “Dodging Energy Vampires “ really ought to be read in tandem. They are the perfect “view from the top” approach to energy healing and I trust that 99% of people who experience chronic fatigue or ailments that seem apparently inexplicable, would benefit from the knowledge shared in these two books.