As you get older it seems that their is not enough gas in the tank by the end of the day. Face it, they’re so many different things that can make you feel drained and fatigued. Stress from work, kids, school, to just name a few. Here are a few energy boosting tips:
Boost Your Magnesium Intake
If you can eat a healthy diet, that will ensure you are getting all your vitamin and mineral needs. But you still feel exhausted, that could be a sign of a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is needed to break down glucose into energy. Here’s how you can add some more magnesium to your diet.
- add some nuts like, almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your daily diet
- take in more whole brains
- eat more fish, like halibut
Take a Walk
Although it may seem as though moving about when you feel tired is the fastest route to feeling more exhausted, the opposite is true. Experts say that increasing physical activity– especially walking– boosts energy.
Overloading our brains can take a toll on our energy. But some research has shown that if you take a 60 minute power nap that can reverse the effects of brain overload and help with our memories in retaining information.
Don’t Skip Meals
People who eat breakfast are in a better mood and have more energy. Eating in the morning gives your body the fuel it needs to jump start your day. Try eating fruits and proteins that help build muscle and brain power. Avoid foods that are processed and full of sugar. The sugar will give you the slump feel in the afternoon.
Deal with Stress
Stress drains energy more than anything else. It can leave you mentally and physically tired, even if you spent the day on the couch. Low chronic levels of stress erode energy levels, so over time you find yourself doing less and feeling it more. While for many folks, increasing exercise burns off the chemical effects of stress and anger, others find relief in quiet pursuits: listening to music, reading a steamy romance novel, or even just talking on the phone.
Did you know that thirst can also masquerade as fatigue? Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, but a simple solution is a cool glass of water. This is particularly important to boost energy after exercise, when your body is likely to be craving fluids. By cutting down on alcohol before bedtime, you’ll get a better night’s rest, which is bound to result in more energy the next day.
Eat More Whole Grains and Less Sugar
The key here is keeping blood sugar balanced so energy is constant. When you eat sugary foods, it spikes your blood sugar, which gives you a burst of energy at first, but later on when your blood sugar drops, your left feeling very drained. Whole grains provide a slow steady release of fuel, so that it’s consistent and balanced, so by the end of the day you feel less tired.
A treat that combines protein, a little fat and some fiber — like peanut butter on a whole-wheat cracker, or some yogurt with a handful of nuts. The carbs offer a quick pick-me-up, the protein keeps your energy up, and the fat makes the energy last.
So, if you want to have more energy by the end of the day try these tips and remember, if you stay indoors, it can zap you energy to. Get outside and enjoy the sun and mother earth!