Low Energy? Beat It Naturally
This article was kindly contributed by nutritionist Jacqueline Ryan who studied at the College of Naturopathic Medicine
If you are experiencing fatigue or low energy, there may be many factors involved.
Poor nutrition, insomnia, depression, diabetes, hypothyroidism, blood sugar imbalances, low immune system, thyroid or adrenal gland imbalances, anaemia, stress or anxiety, toxin overload, and medications all contribute to exhaustion.
Optimum nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is an ideal way to help eradicate fatigue and increase alertness.
Try these tips to help revitalize your energy and put a spring back in your step:Include protein and healthy fats such as meat, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, beans, lentils, avocados, and olive oil with every meal to help sustain energy throughout the day.
Avoid refined carbohydrate and sugar intake. Although they are initially instant energy, they will result in daily energy-dips. Opt for smaller portions of whole grains and fill up on high-fibre vegetables instead.
Avoid stimulants such as coffee and sugary drinks which later result in a day time slump.
Deficiency of vitamins and minerals can depress the immune system and cause fatigue. Vegetable juices are a great way to get high amounts of nutrients in one sitting because they are without fibre and therefore easily absorbed by the body. Or you could take a high quality multivitamin supplement such as these here. Increase foods involved in red blood cell formation such as red meat, organ meat, beans, dark green leafy vegetables, and egg yolks. These help to transport oxygen used for energy.
Get adequate sleep each night, aim for 8 hours. Try relaxing in a lavender, Epsom salt / Dead Sea Magic bath before bed to promote sleep. Go to bed and rise at the same time every day for a healthy circadian rhythm.
Drink herbal teas such as lemon and ginger, green tea or matcha to help boost your metabolism. Opt for caffeine free teas which give you a natural lift throughout the day such as rooibos and ginseng tea but avoid these teas at night.
Exercising boosts your metabolism and causes your body to release stress hormones that in modest amounts can make you feel more energized. Start with a brisk walk and increase gradually.
Increase water to a minimum of 2 litres a day. Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration.
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