In our fast-paced lives energy has become somewhat of a rare commodity. We explore ways to boost your energy levels naturally!
In our fast-paced lives energy has become somewhat of a rare commodity. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in New Zealand feels tired often with 1 in 10 experiencing ongoing tiredness. Between the high demands of working, studying, taking care of our families and trying to maintain a social life it is no surprise that we are often ready to throw in the towel by noon. When our energy levels hit rock-bottom like this, we tend to reach for the nearest cup of coffee or energy drink. This may supply us with a short-lived energy boost, but will leave us feeling even worse for wear once the pleasant buzz wears off. Luckily there are numerous completely natural and sustainable remedies that can be employed when a lasting energy boost is required.
Carbs are great in many respects including providing your body with its daily energy requirements. According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, 50-55% of an adult’s energy intake comes from carbohydrates. Ironically, eating too much food that is high in carbs can make you feel sluggish. Simple carbs such as those found in processed foods including white bread and pasta, sugary drinks and biscuits are generally the main culprits. They provide you with a quick boost of energy – followed by a terrible slump as your blood sugar levels first spike and then crash. If you want to boost your energy levels naturally as well as keep your blood sugar levels constant you should stick to Low-GI carbs such as sweet potatoes, nuts, legumes and oats that will provide you with a constant stream of energy.
When we feel lethargic one of the first things we tend to neglect are our exercise routines. According to research conducted by the New Zealand Heart Foundation, however, exercise is exactly what you need if you want to boost your energy levels. Engaging in mild exercise at least three times a week will lead to increased oxygenation that will enable the cells in your body to produce more energy. If you exercise early in the morning, you will find that you don’t only have added energy during the day but that you also sleep sounder at night, which also contributes to reduced levels of fatigue.
The power of proper hydration is often grossly underestimated. Did you know that one of the very first symptoms of dehydration is fatigue? By simply increasing your daily water intake you can significantly boost your energy levels while keeping the rest of your body functioning properly as well. According to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, an adult needs to consume between 6 and 8 glasses of water to remain sufficiently hydrated. Make it part of your routine to drink water at regular intervals, especially if you are active. You may find it difficult to drink the recommended amount of water at first but it will become increasingly easier, especially when you notice how your energy levels increase when you are hydrated.
If you find yourself lacking the energy you require to get through the day you can only benefit from the natural energy-boosting guidelines listed above. If you do, however, experience unnatural and extended bouts of lethargy perhaps you should consider seeking medical assistance to rule out any underlying conditions such as diabetes and ME that could be causing your fatigue.
By freelance writer Cassie S
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