Most of us have all had our days where we feel sluggish. Those days where we just can't seem to snap out of that tired feeling, and the thought of getting back into bed is the only thing getting us through the day. Maybe we didn't get enough sleep, maybe we slept too much, or maybe we woke up during the wrong sleep cycle. Whatever the cause, feeling exhausted when responsibilities are piled high can be extremely stressful and take a toll on our production for the week. Our low energy levels can keep us from being active and often make us skip that trip to the gym or jog around the block, making weight loss seem nearly impossible. The question is, are there things we can do to get our energy levels where they need to be to stay productive? The answer is yes.
Several of the factors that contribute to high and healthy energy levels are common knowledge and are often incorporated to any guide to living a healthier and happier life. These include getting enough sleep at night, eating a healthy and balanced diet, reducing stress and exercising. These are the basic rules of nearly every path to wellness, whether it be weight loss, recovery, or optimizing clarity and energy levels. Although these sound easy enough to do, achieving them consistently can be difficult for some of us. Maintaining high energy makes it easier to keep on the right track and there are other actions we can take that help keep them there.
One important thing to do is to increase your magnesium intake. Even a slight magnesium deficiency can contribute to making us feel tired and sluggish. Magnesium contributes to over 300 biochemical reactions in the body including breaking glucose into energy. This means that even when levels are a little low, energy can drop. Aside from taking supplements to maintain adequate magnesium levels, foods like salmon, tofu, bananas, nuts, leafy greens, avocado and dark chocolate are all high in this powerful mineral.
As difficult as it may seem for some of us, it is also important to cut or at least manage bad habits. Alcohol, nicotine and refined sugars all contribute to low energy levels in their own ways. Alcohol contributes to low energy by dehydrating your body and interfering with deep sleep. Refined sugar contributes to low energy by shaking the balance in blood sugar. When you’re consuming sweet foods or drinks you initially get a small boost of energy from the spike in blood sugar, but what follows is a more drastic drop in blood sugar which cal leave you feeling tired. We have all heard the term “food coma,” which is often associated with this drop. Nicotine, similar to alcohol affects our ability to sleep. Nicotine is a stimulant, which speeds your heart rate, raises blood pressure, and stimulates brain-wave activity that is associated with wakefulness, which makes it harder to fall asleep.
Getting your energy on track will be followed by several benefits. You will burn more calories, accomplish your tasks and goals easier, and overall experience more satisfaction in your everyday life. High energy levels will help you stay happy, fit and healthy. So keep that diet balanced, get your sleep, kick the bad habits and stay the course. Life is too short to live it tired.