With our modern, busy lives, it’s no surprise that many of us experience periods of lethargy. While feeling constantly exhausted could be a sign of an underlying health issue, there are some better ways to be dealing with poor energy levels, rather than just reaching for an espresso.
While there are plenty of places to find supplements that provide an energy boost, it’s can be quite confusing to sift through them all. But in reality, there is very little evidence that products containing things like ginseng, guarana, and chromium, even work as an energy booster. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to overcome those daily tired feelings in a completely natural way. Here are some tips to help you boost your energy levels in a natural way.
Control or Reduce Stress in Your Life
The amount of stress in your life can definitely affect your energy level and overall health. The emotions and hormones that deal with stress, or that are produced as a result of life stresses, take a physical toll on your body. So think about what you can do to reduce stress in your life. Is taking a daily walk going to help you, or would it be better to speak to a friend or even a therapist? Whether a hot bath or listening to your favorite playlist help you calm down, be sure to take the time to treat yourself.
Reduce Your Workload
If you lack energy, it is often because you are always on the go and need a little time to yourself. Professional and social obligations can be draining on us, not to mention family and friend commitments. Examine what you could cut out; don’t double book yourself or try to cram too many things in at once if it leaves you with no time to decompress. Define your priorities, and then go from there. Learning to say no is a very important skill!
Look After Your Gut
When your gut is filled with a diverse biome, it can have a surprising impact on how you feel overall. Not only does gut health help you feel more energized, but it will help your digestion and ease feelings of pain or bloating. This is why adding gut-friendly foods to your diet is helpful. Think fermented foods like sauerkraut, tempeh, or miso, as well as fibrous foods like broccoli, bananas, and polenta.
Probiotics have their place in digestive and gut health, too, and have been proven to make a difference. You can choose dairy-based probiotic drinks, but they aren’t the best choice for a vegan or lactose-intolerant person. There are other supplements in the form of a pill; the ones that need to be refrigerated have the most active probiotic strains. Still having trouble deciding on the one that’s right for you? Try visiting a site like Rich Minerals to research a multivitamin or probiotic supplement. You just may find that adding a probiotic to your diet gives you the energy boost your body craves.
It might seem counterproductive to expel more of your energy to feel energized, but exercise can help you in many ways. First of all, it helps you go to sleep faster and helps you stay asleep through the night. Exercise also releases more oxygen to your body, as well as giving your cells extra energy to burn.
Some of the best exercises to do involve aerobic training. Running, dancing, and Zumba give you an increased heart rate that encourages your body to release endorphins (natural opiates that make you feel good with no side effects). High-energy activities help you feel better physically and mentally and build up your stamina over time.
The nutrients we take into our bodies affects everything we do and our overall health. So why are so many of us still filling our bodies with sugar, artificial foods, and processed products? These may give you a short spike of energy, but afterward, will leave you feeling much worse than you did before. Then you eat them again for ‘energy,’ and it starts all over again. So look for foods that will keep your blood-sugar level pretty constant. Avoid foods that have been overly processed, so no packaged snacks, frozen confections or deep fried goodies. Choose whole grain crackers instead, as well as good fats like avocado, and lean protein and legumes along with fruits and vegetables.
Use Caffeine To Your Advantage
Products with caffeine can certainly help your energy level. When the caffeine is in an ‘energy’ drink or a high-calorie coffee mixed by a barista, then it contains ingredients that your body doesn’t need, like sugar, preservatives, and dairy. But if you get caffeine from a natural source, such as munching on a spoonful of cacao nibs, then the caffeine is closer to its natural form. This can give you an energy boost that works for the long run without the crash from sugary drinks.
A good natural snack for energy could be some homemade energy balls:
- 100g of almonds
- 200g of dates
- 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor and then for roll into bite-sized balls. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and grab for a natural pick-me-up. This is going to give much more energy than a bottle of Red Bull ever would.
Another natural energy ball recipe you could try is:
- 1 ¼ cup almonds
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor and then store in a fridge, as stated above. The key ingredient here is the using maca powder, which is a nutritional powerhouse. Not only is it full of goodness, but a study by UK university Northumbria found that over two weeks, consuming maca powder every day reduced times for cyclists significantly, compared to a placebo group.
What are some of your favorite ways to boost your energy naturally?