Many people fall into the habit of using caffeine and sugar to kick-start your energy. An espresso here, a chocolate bar there. For a while, this technique will work. However, these little jabs of energy only make things worse in the long run. Here’s how to turn your energy levels from flat to firing!
Remove Sugar and Caffeine from Your Diet - A definite indication of sugar being the culprit of your falling energy is the classic 3pm energy slump. At this time of the afternoon, the only thing stopping you from taking a nap under the desk is a biscuit or a cup of coffee or preferably both. Completely removing sugar and caffeine from your diet will dramatically improve energy levels. After a few days of headaches and grumpiness, your energy levels will surge and remain high all day. However, total abstinence from sugar is the key. A little bit of sugar here and there will only have you craving more. By eating protein with each meal (eggs, fish, nuts, legumes, meat), blood glucose levels will remain steady and sugar cravings will disappear.
Specific Supplements - Dark green and a little slimy, spirulina and chlorella are microalgae that are full of nutrients including iodine, magnesium and antioxidants. Many people report improved energy by taking these supplements daily. Supplements that have spirulina include Lifestream High Phycocyanin Spiriluna Blue and Synergy Organic Spirulina. Supplements that have chlorella include Lifestream Chlorella and Synergy Organic Chlorella.
Multivitamins – A multivitamin contains essential vitamins and minerals that are required during stress and are also full of the B vitamins which play a role in cellular energy production. You can try Blackmores Alive! Multivitamin for Men or Women or Blooms Bounce Energy Boost.
Rest - The best cure for tiredness is often to do what your body has been telling you for months - rest. If a long restful holiday is out of the question, then you need to look at reducing your work or stress load, such as deferring the university course, saying no to a few commitments or hiring a house cleaner for a couple of months.
Walk - Even a short walk around the park can help boost mood and energy levels by delivering oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
Stand Tall – The amazing thing about our body is that we can choose to change it regardless of how we feel. If you slouch and droop your head, you look like you lack energy and will feel this way too. Alternatively, imagine you feel engaged and fresh and get your posture to match.
Seek Medical Advice - If you feel your tiredness is above and beyond what is normal, the first step is to visit your doctor for a check-up. Tiredness can be due to any number of issues, including anaemia, low thyroid, sleep apnoea, diabetes or even depression. A simple blood test will determine whether anything obvious, such as anaemia, is responsible for your weariness.