Tired of being tired? It’s time to reclaim your energy with five lifestyle changes that will help you feel rested and ready for everything that life throws your way.
#1. Stabilize your blood sugar
Find that your energy levels spike and crash throughout the day? It could be because you frequently eat foods with high sugar or carbohydrate content—think flavoured lattes, dried fruit, low-fat yogurt, croissants and smoothies. Cut back on these snacks and swap them out for healthier options, like whole fruit instead of dried fruit and full-fat yogurt instead of low fat. If you must have a sweet treat, precede it with a protein source like nuts, an egg or tuna to slow the absorption of the sugar into your bloodstream.
#2. Supplement iron
Vegetarians and those who are continually tired, lack an appetite, have difficulty concentrating, look pale, feel chilly or easily catch colds could have an iron deficiency. The body can’t produce iron by itself, so you need to get the full amount from your diet—in foods such as beef, chicken, turkey, dark leafy veggies, beans and fortified cereals, to name a few—and/or through a supplement like Floradix®, a plant-based liquid iron that also contains B and C vitamins to enhance absorption. The best-selling iron supplement in North America, Floradix® is vegetarian, non-GMO, non-constipating and easy on the digestive tract.
#3. Manage your caffeine intake
Still feel tired and worn down even though you drink several cups of coffee each day? Even though coffee contains high levels of caffeine, a known stimulant, it could actually negatively affect your energy. If you’re always sleepy, make sure you don’t drink coffee in the late afternoon or evening (it could disrupt your circadian rhythm and disrupt your sleep) and consider cutting back your number of daily cups in favour of water.
#4. Evaluate your sleep habits
The fact is you may not be getting enough quality sleep, and that could be the reason you’re constantly fatigued. Try to get seven to nine hours each night and keep your sleep and wake times the same—even on weekends. Invest in a supportive mattress, blackout blinds or an eye mask and even ear plugs or a white-noise machine if necessary. Also develop a nighttime routine before bed that involves avoiding electronics in the hour before you hit the sack.
#5. Get more exercise
It may seem counterintuitive at first (doesn’t exercise expend energy, not increase it?), but introducing more movement into your life will actually give you more energy in the long run. The reason? It increases your body’s fitness, boosts endorphins, reduces insomnia, elevates mood and can even improve mental clarity—all things that are the opposite of feeling sluggish or lethargic. Focus on aerobic activities such as running, cycling, playing a fast-paced sport with friends, boxing or participating in a HIIT workout.
Whether you choose to add an iron supplement, create a better sleep environment or make a few of these recommended changes, you should gradually notice an improvement in your energy levels—and your ability to get stuff done, cope with stress and enjoy life’s many pleasures.
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