Ever had one of those days when your are just feeling “blah?” You can’t pinpoint what’s causing the problem, but you just don’t have the energy to really get your day started. Low energy can be the result of several things such as stress, eating a poor diet and lack of sleep to name just a few. If you’d like to minimize these type of days, make sure you are incorporating the following energy boosters into your routine.
As a child you were probably told to eat your vegetables and your mother was right. Vegetables are energy boosters. Vegetables not only contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals, but they also help in boosting your immune system. You will find that Green-Yellow-Orange vegetables are rich in the following vitamins: B-complex, C, A, and vitamin K.These vegetables are also rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and beta-carotene. Your wholesome and nutritious diet should also include eating lean meats, fruits and healthy fats. A well balanced diet will result in high energy levels and high brain cognition.
Did you know that your body is over 60% water? Having that knowledge you’ll understand why it is suggested that you drink eight “8 ounce” glasses of water a day. Think of water as another of the energy boosters. Staying hydrated increases your energy, because you are not starving your body’s cells of the water needed to function properly. If you do not stay properly hydrated your performance will decrease and fatigue will set in.
Exercise and other physical activity help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently by delivering oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. This results in your heart and lungs working more efficiently. With those gains in efficiency, you have more energy available to complete your daily tasks. The general rule is 30 minutes of physical activity everyday. Exercising is one of the energy boosters, but it also provides the additional benefits of: improving your mood, promoting better sleep and combating health conditions.
Research indicates that adults should sleep 7-8 hours a night. So if you’ve been burning the midnight oil and not getting an adequate amount of sleep you will have low energy. Sleep helps your brain work properly and improves your learning capabilities. Your body relies on sleep to support your immune system so you stay healthy. Sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. This can result in having difficulty solving problems and making decisions. It has also been linked to having problems controlling your emotions. If you want to keep your energy levels high, so you can work at the optimal level get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Stress impacts your body physically, mentally and emotionally. If you can alleviate stress from your life that’s great, but for most people it’s not an option. So, you need to understand how to manage your stress, so you can ultimately reduce it. Acting in a proactive vs. a reactive mode will help decrease your stress. Limiting or eliminating the time you spend with people who are toxic to you will help reduce your stress. Changing your outlook or perspective on what may be troubling you will also help reduce stress. Many people find that meditation and other activities that help quiet the mind can be stress busters. As you lower the levels of stress in your life, you will find your energy levels increasing.
These are examples of some things you can do to boost your energy level. View them as a starting point which you can build upon. Creating new habits takes time, so be patient with yourself as you move toward a healthier lifestyle.
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