7 Natural Energy Boosters

 

Many of my clients tell me that they feel tired all the time.   They are overworked, stressed-out and exhausted thanks to jam-packed schedules and today’s go-go-go culture.

Sometimes, lack of energy can be related to something physical – you might need more sleep, better nutrition or more regular exercise.   Other times, it can be emotional issues that make us feel drained.

Many of us are living a life in which we are being pulled in countless directions and feeling distracted and burned out.  In that case, we may just need to slow down and recharge. 

Whatever it is, once we make a healthy shift back to balance it can be surprisingly easy to get your mojo back!  Here are some simple ways to get your energy flowing again.  I hope it helps........You deserve to feel great, and have the energy to focus on what's most important to you!

7 Natural Energy Boosters

Exercise - I know that this might be the last thing you want to do when you are feeling exhausted but I promise, regular exercise will actually boost energy levels. Physical activity sends oxygen and nutrients to your body’s cells, helping your heart and lungs work more efficiently and boosting your energy.

And remember, you don’t need to run a marathon to get the benefits — moderate levels of your favorite fitness activity will reap the good energy benefits, too.

Sleep - Most people need 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night to maintain good energy throughout the day.—yet the average American gets only 6.5. If you struggle to sleep, try a magnesium supplement which helps relax muscles and calm nerves. You can also try a sleep-promoting supplement such as melatonin or an herbal blend that includes valerian,.  Click here for more tips on getting your zzz's

Keep your water bottle handy - Even mild dehydration can make you feel tired and decrease your ability to concentrate. As a rule, you should drink half of your body weight in ounces each day, plus more if you are really active.  If that sounds like a lot, remember that fruits and vegetables, like watermelon and cucumbers are very hydrating! 

Check your Vitamin levels - The slightest drop in Vitamin D levels can zap your energy. Ask your doctor to test your blood levels of Vitamin D.  You should be in the 40-80 range. If your levels are low, start supplementing with 2,000 IU’s daily.  And for my vegan friends, you might need a B12 supplement to keep your energy system rev'd. 

Eat and drink well - The afternoon slump is often related to what you have had to eat during the day.  For all-day energy, eat a mix of nutrients at each meal, including plenty of fiber-packed veggies and fruits, protein and some healthy fat, found in nuts, seeds, avocados and olive oil.  Steer away from carbs like pretzels, bread, and sugary treats which can spike your blood sugar levels and crash your energy. 

It's ok to enjoy a little caffeine if you need an energy boost, as long as you don't over do it.  Try some green tea, black tea, kombucha or a few squares of dark chocolate for an afternoon pick me up.  All contain moderate amounts of caffeine to keep you going and lots of antioxidants too.

Breathe some fresh air - A study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that being outdoors increases feelings of vitality.  In the study, people who spend 20 minutes outside felt more energy during the day than those who spent the day inside.  2O minutes of sunlight actually boosts the oxygen levels in your blood stream and provides a healthy dose of Vitamin D.

 

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