Trying to juggle work, school, and family has taken its toll on everyone, and by the end of the day, most people are physically and emotionally zapped. Unfortunately, leading a hectic life has become a natural part of life, thus, many people cannot afford to be tired. Of course, boosting our energy level is easier said than done. Some people are naturally energetic. No matter the time of day or night, they have an energy high that justifies envying. Fortunately, there are ways to boost our energy levels, which does not involve overindulgence of Red Bull
or Mountain Dew. Quite the contrary, our diets may actually contribute to low energy levels. Here are a few tips to help you fight fatigue and boost your energy.
Increase Iron Intake – Often times, low energy levels are the direct result of a low blood count, or insufficient iron intake. In most cases, low blood counts are easily detected through simple blood tests. Menstrual cycles also contribute to low iron. Persons who suffer from iron-deficiency anemia, and experience regular bouts of fatigue should begin taking iron supplements. Iron helps increase the number of red blood cells and oxygen that travels through the body, which in turn creates a boost of energy.
Avoid Sugary and Caffeinated Foods – It is a known fact that certain foods and drinks can cause the energy level to drop. Initially, sugary foods such as chocolate, and drinks high in caffeine such as coffee and sodas create a quick energy high. Unfortunately, this energy boost is temporary. Once the surge of energy wears, persons consuming large consumptions of these foods will experience a sudden drop in energy.
Exercise – Most people complain of going to bed tired, and waking up tired. Although persons who carry a full work load would hardly consider themselves inactive, unless you are engaging in physical exercise at least three times a week, you are considered inactive my most doctor standards. Individuals who neglect physical activity are prone to chronic fatigue and low energy levels. As expected, exercising is the last thing on our minds when tired. Still, adopting a regular workout routine is the best cure for low energy.
Take Quick Naps – Obviously, the majority of the population is unable to take naps during the afternoon. However, if you can squeeze in a quick 15 to 20 minute cat nap, this may help fight fatigue and low energy. Quick naps can take place during the lunch hour, or while the kids sleep. Although tempting, avoid hour long naps. In some cases, this may have an adverse effect and intensify tiredness.
Experiment with Herbs – It seems like everyone has jumped on the herb bandwagon. In some cases, herbs have produced amazing results. Concerning low energy levels and fatigue, herbs such as ginseng and ginkgo biloba are recommended by many herbalist and nutritionist.