More often than not, one is faced with tiredness due to the day to day chores and related lifestyle. Whatever our circumstances, no matter our age, we all are working harder and longer and feeling its effects. However, one needs to make some lifestyle changes to counter the fatigue. Personally, it took me some time to implement those changes, but slowly and surely, I was able to cope with a stressful lifestyle with renewed energy.
Natural energy boosters
Eat foods rich in Vitamin B5
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It helps to convert food into glucose which is readily used by the body. The richest vitamin B5 sources are yeast and organ meats (liver, kidney, heart, brain), but eggs, milk, vegetables, legumes and wholegrain cereals are more common sources.
Inspite of being lower in caffeine than coffee, green tea produces more physical energy. Mainly due to Catechins, which activate brain chemicals and increase nerve action and their energy level.
Ginger gets the blood in your body flowing, which will give you a feeling of having more energy, and can help you with any feelings of sluggishness or fatigue. I find fresh ginger root to be the most potent. I like to include it in my juice or boil crushed ginger in my “Chai” to reap its benefits. A straight ginger shot is one of my favorites, especially when I really need some quick energy. Straight ginger is not exactly pleasing to the palette, but I think that a minute of a strong taste in my mouth is definitely worth how it makes me feel.
It might give you a temporary high but it saps energy. Firstly, alcohol results in dehydration which means less oxygen circulating in the bloodstream. Secondly, it makes you fall asleep quickly. However, you are more likely to wake up in the middle of the night, thus disrupting your sleep pattern.
Be glycemic smart
Have you ever felt light headed or shaky after a meal? It is usually the drop in blood sugar levels that follows the spikes caused by the meal you just consumed. Lighten your glycemic load. Foods with low glycemic index like whole grains, nuts have less impact on your blood sugar than foods with high glycemic load like rice sugary drinks. Low glycemic foods help keep your blood sugar steady thereby keeping your energy levels high at all times.
Drink icy water
Fatigue is often the first symptom of dehydration, especially if you have been sipping on caffeine and sugar laden concoctions all day. Icy water will not only rehydrate you but the refreshing coldness will serve as a virtual slap in the face bringing you back to wakefulness.
Get enough Iron
Iron deficiency anemia is sometimes a root cause of low energy levels. Iron is essential of hemoglobin which carries oxygen to body cells where it is used to produce energy. Red meat, iron fortified cereal and dried beans are some of the iron rich sources.
Practice Conscious Breathing
This is something we do involuntarily day in and day out, but do we notice it? Simply becoming aware of breath adds to its power to feel refresh and renew.
Conscious breathing means breathing in a way that is physiologically optimal for your body. Feel your stomach rise and fall. Let it relax that tight spot between your shoulder blades. Be aware of your body and how tense or relaxed it is in different situations. A relaxed body makes it easier to keep a rhythmical and relaxed breathing.
Learn to say “No”
Do you tend to be very nice or the kind of person who can never say “No”? If you spend much of the day trying to be unruffled, helpful or fulfilling a set image of you and are over exerting yourself (especially to do task that you really don’t enjoy), it is not only a waste of energy but also a source of frustration. Learn to say no politely. Try being a little eccentric for a day – use your life as a creative medium. Do something for yourself, something that will make you smile.
These are some of the natural ways that have helped me feel discover my new self. You can try one or a combination to see what works for you best.
Have you used any similar natural boosters that have invigorated you and left you feeling awake and alert?