New Year, New You? One CEO’s journey to optimise energy + recharging and avoid ‘magic pill’ start-up BS…

Disclaimer: NOT an actual VC
  1. I want to give 110% to my work and my team — which, to me, equals working for 10–12 hours of the day without needing any coffee, loving what we do, bringing energy to everyone I meet with or zoom with — and not feeling it’s ‘work’ for one moment.
A few of the Zamna team celebrating…
Just an average night in at home, Lockdown II style…
Inflammation. We all have it. Whether we are aware or not…is another question.
I am *not* a morning person. Not even if I’ve slept a ton.
  • high-grade plant-based protein powder (I’ve tried soy, pea and other proteins)
  • Fibre powder — essential, it’s the equivalent of eating a crazy amount of apples and ‘healthy’ granola. Turns out us humans actually can’t eat enough in the day to get the amount of fibre our bodies need. This is a great hack!
My alter ego, having a weekly pizza
  • Probiotics + Enzymes (so the body can get maximum goodness out of what I’ve just eaten)
  • Super strong high grade multivitamin (reading the label comes into this a lot)
  • ‘Fish’ Oils (you can get vegan ones made from seaweed, that’s how fish get them in the first place — yay no need for farmed fish)
  • Spirulina (more algae goodness ;)
  • Flax Seed oils (oils are key for brain power)
  • Slow release Vit C
  • Zinc (helps body absorb Vit C — and hard to get in diet)
  • Liquid Curcumin (more turmeric — strong anti inflammatory)
  • Vit D liquid pill (because sun sets at 4pm in UK I’m the winter and I work indoors in the summer)
NOT how I ever feel anymore.. thanks to supplements!
  • High dose Vit Bs (a post in itself as they are a huge range and key to so many functions)
  • Ginger +Gingko
  • 5 HTP
  • Ubiquinol (pre Co-Q10, worth researching for brain performance)
  • Selenium
  • Power up on liquids — water, green tea and another turmeric latte
  • Take Collagen supplement (this is NOT a beauty drink — collagen is the most common protein in our bodies, which is worth supporting — and a high grade collagen supplement provides 10+ grams of protein, which is excellent for energy in the afternoon)
  • Liquid iron supplement (needs to be on an empty stomach, superb for energy — and it’s the most ‘you’re defficient in this’ I hear from founders— even mega meat eaters)
  • Liquid chlorofill (more sea goodness ;) + more liquids
Not my actual pills. Though some dolook similar!
  • More digestive aids, including activated charcoal + probiotics
  • Supplements for joints (chondroitin/calcium)
  • Magnesium (excellent in the evening, near impossible to get in diet)
  • L-theanine — to aid clarity of thought throughout the day and to respond in a calm and collected way to whatever rollercoaster the day throws up.
  • Allicin — this is a key one in the age of Covid. High grade allicin is the acting ingredient in garlic which is what they use in hospitals to kill MRSA (it’s nature’s most powerful fighter). I take it every day as prevention (because inflammation in all humans to some degree) and liquid allicin at the first sign of a cold (totally gross but works super fast). Our family haven’t had a major cold in 5+ years, and that’s something with 3 kids in primary school (also known as germ spreaders)
A glass of red helps me sit on this bike for over an hour
  • take zoom calls sitting on a stationary bike or walking on a treadmill (I put moved my bike from kids bathroom to next to my desk)
  • Do ‘weights first’ before you get too tired if you think weight training is for you (sitting on a machine is much easier later)
  • find video workouts you don’t hate online — soooo many free ones including HIIT, yoga etc
  • Get your kids involved (I teach them dancing meaning we all perform mal coordinated random movements but the cardio is 👌 and we love the music choice because we get to pick it! Yay)
  • Extra oils (flax + omega)
  • L-theanine
  • L-Arginine
  • CBD
  • Diffuser with essential oils by the bed (on a timer)
  • Himalayan salt lamp by the bed (turn it on for 30 mins pre sleep and your brain produces the chemicals needed to wind down in low light)
  • devices to shield against Geopathic Stress and Electro Pollution (worth researching, depending on your geography)
  • Music. My other half was a professional DJ and has always been aware of bringing energy up and down for long sets.. discovering go-to soporific songs is a surefire way to hack sleep quality. There are sounds that imitate brainwaves (a lot of meditation apps have ‘music’ sections for this specifically). What I like best is using mantra and yoga chanting to get into a trans-like sleep promoting state.
  • Wearables to measure sleep quality + wearable-based alarm that wakes your brain when it’s on an ‘up’ part of the sleep cycle rather than deep or in REM sleep — to ensure you wake up feeling energised and restored.
  • Room temperature — if you have aircon, experiment with how your deep sleep responds to more or less heat in the room. The results surprised me. I have aircon on, even during the winter, and sleep best 17-19 degrees.



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Zamna is an award-winning VC-backed software company building GDPR compliant identity platforms for the aviation industry.