6 Tips to Boost Your Energy Naturally!
We do a variety of things to increase our energy: we take all kinds of vitamins, supplements, and herbs advertised as energy boosters. If we have to pull an all-nighter for work or school, we may even opt to drink energy boost drinks [NOOOOO] or other caffeinated drinks. However, did you know that there are other all-natural options you can do to boost your energy levels?
Below are some of them:
Eat for energy.
The common breakdown of mealtimes is three large meals a day, but did you know that eating smaller-sized meals and snacks every few hours can better stabilize your energy levels? This is because your brain and your body need a steady supply of nutrients. You can also choose to eat foods whose sugars are absorbed slowly, such as whole grains, nuts, high-fiber vegetables, and healthy oils like olive oil.
Drink lots of water!
Fatigue is one of the signs that your body is low on fluids. What you can do to avoid fatigue is make sure you get plenty of water every day, the only nutrient known to enhance the body’s overall performance. Instead of some pricey sports drink, get a bottle of water and mark every 8 ounces with one hour-intervals. These marks are visual reminders so you can get the recommended eight glasses a day.
Avoid smoking and limit your alcohol.
Everyone knows smoking is hazardous to your health. However, most don’t know that smoking also leads to insomnia, because it has the stimulant nicotine which speeds the blood rate and raises blood pressure. Insomnia causes your energy to drop by preventing restful sleep. As for alcohol, it has a sedative effect that can lead to a loss of energy in the evening. If you do want to drink, make sure you do it in moderation, and during at a time when you don’t mind being listless!
Get regular exercise.
This cannot be said enough – exercise, exercise, and exercise! Although you might think that exercise will just sap your energy, the truth is that exercise causes your body to release epinephrine and norepinephrine. These are stress hormones that, when released in small amounts, will make you feel energized! Exercising also gives your cells more energy to burn, and it circulates oxygen throughout the body.
Control your stress levels.
The biggest energy sapper known to man is stress! Stress can be attributed to many factors, such as pressure to do well in school or an overload of work from the office. Stress can even be caused by negative emotions like anger and sadness. Lower your stress levels by engaging in relaxing activities, like talking with friends, going on a stroll in the local park, and doing meditation or yoga.
Lighten your work load.
As mentioned above, overburdening your body leads to fatigue, and fatigue leads to stress. Learn to streamline your to-do list by putting your prioritized tasks first. Moreover, consider asking others for help with your less important tasks. If possible, delegate them to colleagues!