As a holistic nutritionist one thing I come across a lot in clinic, from people of all ages is – their desire for more energy. There are many diet and lifestyle factors which can impact energy levels, so I thought I would share with you 5 ways you can boost your energy today.
1 – Make sure you get a proper nights rest, at least 7-8 SOLID hours
When we sleep our body regenerates and repairs tissues, and engages in other restorative processes. However, we only get there if we’ve allowed our bodies enough time to journey through the night without waking constantly. If we don’t get enough deep sleep, we can’t rejuvenate and heal properly. Make sure you get in those 7-8 hours each night… no excuses!
2 – Move your body
Exercise acts directly on the central nervous system to increase energy and reduce fatigue. Its helps get your blood pumping and the endorphin's going, which are great mood boosters. If you’re feeling extremely fatigue opt for a more restorative practice such as pilates, yoga or even a gentle walk for 20-30 minutes. Your body will thank you!
3 – Boost your B Vitamins
Food is essential to nourish our bodies and provide us with vital nutrients to supply us with energy. When you are stressed, make poor dietary choices, or consume large amounts of alcohol your body is depleted of B vitamins. The most important group of nutrients to covert food into energy is B vitamins. The best place to get B vitamins if from our food, when vitamins are obtained through food they are easily absorbed and utilised. Foods high in B vitamins include wholegrains (oats, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, legumes, chickpeas, beans), nuts, seeds, eggs, meat, leafy greens and spirulina.
4 – Have a smoothie daily!
It’s the perfect way to boost your nutrient intake. I would recommend you kick start your day with a big delicious green smoothie, or my antioxidant rich cacao coffee smoothie. You can pack so much goodness into a smoothie, such as leafy greens, berries, protein and then add in a few extra superfood boosters to increase your energy even further (my fav’s are spirulina, maca, matcha and raw cacao powder).
5 – Get your iron levels checked
If your ferritin levels are low you may not be feeling that flash hot. Iron is an important component to energy. Without healthy red blood cells, your body can’t get enough oxygen, the consequences of not having enough oxygen is the body is constant feelings of fatigued. Increase iron rich foods into your diet such as, spirulina, leafy greens, parsley, tahini, raw cacao powder, or good quality red meat.
If you are struggling with constant low energy levels I would love to help you out, so you can get your old energized self back. Please don't hesitate to contact me, I offer free 15 minute consultations to all new clients.