Low on Energy? Ways to Naturally Give You a Boost
August is a unique month. It’s the end of summer and days are spent squeezing in that last vacation before the school year begins, traveling, enjoying the final days of warmer weather, and preparing for back to school. It is a busy time, and getting back in the swing of things can quickly deplete your energy and leave you feeling unusually fatigued. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to boost energy through diet, nutrition, and supplements.
Diet to Support Energy:
Eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, and fats throughout the day can help support your energy and prevent fatigue. Some people find that eating several smaller meals throughout the day, instead of 3 large meals, reduces the body’s perception of fatigue providing an energy boost. Additionally, once you are too hungry, your food choices can be sacrificed and you may grab an item that depletes your body of energy, as opposed to supporting your energy.
Energy Boosting Foods
There are several foods that supply reserves of energy that your body will draw on all day long. Some of those are:
- Yogurt (contains lactose and protein)
- Foods high in B12 (such as shrimp)
- Fruits that contain natural low sugar (fructose) and fiber
- Beans (carbs, protein and fat)
- Nuts (fiber, protein and healthy fats)
- Whole grain foods (such as oatmeal)
Foods that Deplete Energy
Simple carbohydrates (sugars and processed foods) cause blood sugar spikes, which may give you a temporary boost, but will actually deplete your body of energy. These type of foods may also lead to craving more sweets. Eating lower glycemic index foods helps the body process sugars and maintains energy in a much more stable and healthy manner.
While exercise can be hard when you are feeling tired, it can actually be a great way to help boost energy levels. In a study published in the journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Georgia researchers found that regular low-intensity exercise can boost energy by 20%, while decreasing fatigue as much as 65%! This benefit is caused by your body’s production of mitochondria (think of them as little powerhouses for your body), which increases with aerobic exercise to meet the needs of the body. The more you move, the more energy your body makes!
There are supplements and vitamins that provide natural energy support by helping cope with stress or enhancing one’s mood, such as green tea, and rhodiola root. These can be a great way to help supplement your energy levels when diet and exercise are not enough.
As always, consult with your physician before changing your diet or supplement routine.
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