For more than 10 years, Montel Williams has lived with MS and staved off its crippling effects. Thanks to a very specific regimen, he says he has the energy of someone half his age and promises his strategies can work for you. Could the drinks and supplements he swears by be the keys to unlocking amounts of energy you've never felt before? He thinks so. Montel notes that when he strictly adheres to this plan, he feels “alive” – but even one day off the plan can throw his energy levels into a spiral.
Montel’s Energy Boost Plan is a daily 5-part regimen of consuming natural drinks, supplements and certain foods. The idea is that if someone with MS can feel healthy while adhering to this regimen, then someone who is in perfect health should feel dramatically different.
Morning: Start With a Super Energy Smoothie
This smoothie is loaded with antioxidant- and nutrient- rich fruits and vegetables – pineapple, watermelon, blueberries, apples, bananas and spinach. Watermelon helps dilate blood vessels to promote blood flow. It also has coconut water – one of the most hydrating liquids out there. Another positive aspect of coconut water is that it helps to reduce blood pressure. The best part is Montel’s recipe yields a big batch, so it you can make it at the beginning of the week, freeze it, and drink it for a few days.
Mid-morning: Vitamin D and Chlorophyll Cocktail
Montel takes100-300 mg of chlorophyll and 1000 IU of vitamin D together daily. Chlorophyll, a molecule found in the green parts of plants that is responsible for photosynthesis, has been studied for its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. Diets high in chlorophyll are thought to affect the intestinal flora (good bacteria), resulting in improved management of immune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis and possibly multiple sclerosis. Chlorophyll also stimulates red blood cell production and helps boost energy levels. Taken together, chlorophyll allows for greater vitamin D absorption, which has been shown to impact energy levels. You can also get chlorophyll by consuming leafy green vegetables, fresh green juice drinks, wheat grass or spirulina.
Afternoon: B12 Injection
Vitamin B12 lies at the core of our body’s ability to make DNA for new cells, form healthy red blood cells, and turn the food we eat into energy to power our metabolism. In the short term, insufficient B12 levels can lead to deep fatigue, mood changes, and dementia-like qualities, preventing you from feeling your best and performing at your highest energy level. In the long term, an unchecked vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to permanent nerve damage, which is why it’s important to catch it early.
While Dr. Oz recommends getting B12 through diet or supplements, Montel is an advocate of the B12 injection. Montel takes 1 ml of B12 daily via injection. You can receive B12 injections with a doctor’s prescription. If you don’t have prescription, a month supply of B12 injections will cost you about $35.
There are numerous vitamins, lozenges, dissolving oral tablets, lollipops and patches that deliver adequate amounts of B12, so choose a method that works for you. To learn more about how you can get more B12 in your diet, click here.
Mid-afternoon Slump: A Cup of Three Root Tea
This tea is a special blend of three herbs: ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, rhodiola and schisandra. This tea is said to restore energy without the side effects of a come-down.
In ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India and the oldest surviving healing system in the world, ashwagandha is thought to promote physical and mental health, rejuvenate the body, and increase longevity.
Rhodiola has been used in many parts of the world to alleviate everyday anxiety, depression and insomnia. It is considered an adaptogen; this term is used to describe an herb or combination of herbs that increase the body's resistance to stressors (physical, chemical, emotional, or biological), which may then reduce exhaustion, fatigue, anxiety, aging or illness.
Schisandra has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat coughs, inflammation, insomnia, skin disorders, and help the body handle stress.
You can find Three Root tea at drug and health food stores, in tea and supplement form.
Evening: Garlic Infusion
Montel consumes 5 cloves of garlic a day. He claims it’s the reason he has not had a cold in the last 4 years. This could be the result of allicin, the active compound in garlic, to which the antimicrobial and antioxidant effects of garlic can be attributed. Allicin is released when garlic is chopped, crushed or chewed. Allicin is also a known cancer fighter. To maximize your benefit, wait about 10 minutes before cooking garlic to allow the allicin to form. Montel adds minced garlic to chicken soup, but you can add it to any meal.