5 Ways to Increase your Energy

26 August 2019

Do you find yourself yawning mid-day or feeling fatigued from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep? Most people at some point in their life will experience exhaustion but more often than not you may simply have those low-gear days of being tired and a bit lackluster. The good thing is that boosting your energy level may be easier than you think.

Here are five ways to boost energy for those days when you’re just feeling a bit drained.

Drink lots of water

Most people simply just don’t drink enough water and there is one very good reason why you should. Drinking water can help rejuvenate your energy. Dehydration is when your body doesn’t have enough water to function properly. This can result in symptoms such as headache, dizziness, and fatigue. When you drink a tall cold glass of water (or more) you rehydrate your body and often can relieve yourself of fatigue.

Eat in moderation

One thing that can cause fatigue is a poor diet that focuses on large meals. Eating plant-based foods, along with light, yet healthy fats, can help boost your energy level. In fact, doing anything in moderation (except drinking water) will tend to improve your overall energy level.

Reduce blue light

While you may be in bed for eight or more hours each night that doesn’t mean you are sleeping, nor does it mean that you are getting quality sleep. One reason that one in three adults experience sleep deprivation is that we are glued to our smartphone, tablets, and televisions. The blue lightemitting from these devices reduces production of the body’s natural sleep aid – melatonin. Reducing melatonin production means that you are likely staying awake longer and your sleep cycles are not being adequately utilized.

Go for a walk, do some exercise

Feeling tired? One solution is to go for a walk outside or get moving. From breathing in fresh air to getting your blood flowing, a simple walk or light exercise can heighten your senses and give you a boost of energy. What many people don’t realize is that you don’t need to go to the gym or run a few miles to retain the benefits of exercise. In fact, according to Blue Zone research of centenarians one common life behavior is low impact and consistent movements such as gardening, daily walking, and dance or yoga.

Minimize caffeine intake

Caffeine is the world’s most commonly used drug and purely for its ability to increase energy, focus, and motivation. However, caffeine should be used in moderation to feel the best effects. Unfortunately, if you use excessive amounts of caffeine you may find that you are more drained than alert. Much of this is because caffeine is a diuretic which forces you to urinate more than normal often resulting in dehydration. To utilize caffeine as a peak performance drug, use it in moderation and ensure that you drink plenty of water with its intake. If you can’t live without your coffee, get well informed about the best way to drink it.

Feeling occasionally fatigued happens to many of us. Luckily there are some quick ways to help boost your energy levels. Remember: Water plays a big role in staying energized by reversing the symptoms of dehydration. Moderation is also key, as you eat, exercise, and even use caffeine.

Krista Harper

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