Are you still feeling a little slow and sluggish coming out of winter? Do you wish you had more energy, to jump out of bed in the morning, and sail through the day? Well read on, I’m going to share with you my top tips for increasing energy levels to get that ol’ spring back in your step.
Top tips to boost your energy levels this spring:
Eat a well-balanced nutritious diet: Nothing takes away from the importance of having a nutritious well-balanced diet. Limiting processed and greasy fast foods, and eating mainly fresh, natural foods is the best way to stay healthy and vibrant. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds are going to supply you with important nutrients your body needs to fuel your body and brain, to provide you with plenty of energy.
Cut back on caffeine: Relying on coffee to get you started in the morning or to keep you going during the day, is only artificially boosting your energy levels temporarily with a stimulant, caffeine. Too much caffeine will over-stimulate your nervous system, deplete you of important nutrients like calcium, unbalance blood sugar levels, and can stop you from sleeping well, leaving you even more tired. Try keeping your coffee intake to one a day, and instead go for herbal teas like green, white, chamomile, peppermint or ginger. Dandelion root coffee or a real chia tea is a good alternative too. Soft drinks and energy drinks also contain high levels of caffeine and other unhealthy ingredients, which are best avoided. Opt for a fresh fruit and vegie juice or natural mineral water with a splash of juice instead.
Limit your sugar intake: Eating sugary foods like biscuits, cakes, chocolate, muesli bars and soft drinks regularly will cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then fall soon after, leaving you feeling flat, tired and irritable, and craving more sugary foods. If you’re wanting a little something sweet go for some sun-dried fruit like dates or apricots, and a few carob buds with a handful of your favourite nuts and seeds. Or whip up some healthy protein balls.
Eat protein-rich snacks: Having protein snacks is the best way to keep blood sugar levels and energy levels stable. Try snacking on hummus and crackers or vegie sticks, trail mixes of raw nuts, seeds and sun-dried fruits, tubs of yoghurt, fruit smoothies, and healthy raw protein bars. This will help keep your sugar cravings at bay.
B-vitamins: B vitamins play a crucial role in energy production, helping the body use carbohydrates, proteins and fats as fuel. Without adequate B vitamins you will lack energy. Take a good quality B complex multi-vitamin supplement daily like Tresos-B by Eagle to complement a well-balanced diet.
Magnesium: The body needs magnesium to produce energy, as well as calm and support the nervous system and adrenal glands. Taking a magnesium supplement is recommended, as well as including magnesium-rich foods in the diet such as nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains.
Eat iron-rich foods: Iron is an important mineral used to produce red blood cells and to transport oxygen around the body. Iron is necessary for the production of energy from glucose, which is the main fuel for both the brain and the rest of the body. Without sufficient iron we become tired and weak. Good sources of iron include red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, green leafy vegies and legumes. Supplementing your diet with a good quality spirulina supplement is also a great way to boost your iron intake, especially for vegetarians.