Energy-robbersIt’s a good idea to identify and reduce any ‘energy-robbers’ in your life including poor dietary choices, dehydration, high levels of stress, poor sleep and lack of exercise. These energy-robbers can leave you feeling exhausted and irritable, unable to keep up the pace and enjoy the festive season.
Top 6 ‘fatigue-fighters’
- Food: choose wisely Your fuel source for energy comes from the foods you eat. So if food is your fuel source, your choice of foods is especially important to maintain high energy levels. Choose a wide variety of foods from different food groups and watch your portion sizes to avoid overindulging.
Tip: If you’re easily tempted by ‘naughty food’, have a healthy snack or protein shake before you go out so you’ll feel fuller.
- Drinks: stay hydrated At this time of year we tend to drink more alcohol than usual as parties and social gatherings reach new heights. Alcohol depletes many nutrients, including B vitamins, and tends to dehydrate you, leaving you feeling ‘foggy-headed’, unable to think clearly and sluggish.
Tip: Drink 4-8 glasses of water every day and substitute every second alcoholic drink with water.
- Stress: feel ‘chillaxed’ Mental, physical or emotional stress can be draining, dragging down your energy levels. Taking some time out to manage your stress levels with exercise, meditation or enjoying a relaxing bath will help to keep your stress levels under control.
Tip: Grab 15-30 minutes to ‘chillax’ every day.
- Sleep: feel refreshed Getting a good night’s sleep gives your body time to rest, recover and rejuvenate so you’ll feel full of energy and vitality the next day.
Tip: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
- Exercise: increase vitality Even when you feel tired and not really interested in getting any exercise, push yourself to go out for at least a walk; it’s not that bad once you start. Exercise naturally boosts your energy, gets your circulation going, improves digestion and is a great stress buster.
Tip: Exercise for around 30 minutes every day.
- Bonus: fatigue-fighters
- B vitaminsare easily depleted by stress and alcohol and are important for producing energy from foods, supporting your stress response and improving mood.
- Ubiquinol, an activated form of coenzyme Q10, is found in every cell of your body and plays a vital role in increasing energy levels and endurance.
- Magnesium, your ‘go-to’ nutrient for nervous system support, helps relieve stress, and improves sleep and energy levels.
- Ginsengs, whether it’s Korean, Siberian, American or Indian (Withania), have all traditionally been used to help to relieve fatigue and exhaustion, restore vitality during periods of fatigue and are beneficial during times of stress.