Nearly everyone feels sluggish at one point or another. When you get tired, try one of these natural ways to boost energy levels so you can have enough stamina to make it through the rest of your day.
Green tea has small amounts of caffeine, a natural energy booster, yet does not contain so much that you will feel jittery. This beverage speeds your metabolism, making it easier for you to lose weight. A Japanese study found that individuals who consumed green tea daily had smaller waist measurements and lower body mass indexes than others.
If you are feeling tired, perhaps the reason is because you are actually dehydrated. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight in half and then consume that many ounces of water each day. Of course, you’ll need more if you are sweating heavily, pregnant, nursing, or suffering from an infection.
According to the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, nearly 40% of all hyperthyroid patients also have a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Those who take certain medications or have Celiac or Cohn’s disease are also at risk of having a deficiency. Increase consumption of meat, fish, dairy products, and eggs, or consider a B12 injection or supplement to boost your levels, particularly if you regularly feel tired, have mood disturbances, or suffer from muscle weakness.
Chia seeds are a primary source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, two substances that fight inflammation and regulate the adrenal glands. They are also effective at stabilizing your blood sugar, helping you avoid those afternoon crashes. Ancient Mayans and Aztecs knew that chia seeds could boost energy levels, which is why they often provided them on the battlefield.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz claims that “when done well, breathing can regulate and revitalize your body, your energy levels, and your mind.” The problem according to Dr. Eliaz is that many people do not fill their lungs to capacity with each breath, and thereby deprive themselves of the oxygen that’s required for optimum performance. Deep breathing exercises can therefore provide you with an instant pick-me-up whenever you feel you have hit a slump.
Adaptogenic herbs such as rhodiola, ashwagandha, holy basil, and ginsing boost energy levels by controlling the adrenal system and helping you better manage stress. Numerous studies on adaptogenic herbs show they increase mental and physical stamina, and protect against the effects of chemotherapy and radiation among cancer patients.
The reason you are tired very well could be a lack of sleep. Getting at least eight hours of rest each night will permanently boost energy levels and leave you better able to concentrate throughout your day. You’ll also have more stamina to perform your workout, and will notice greater gains because your muscle are only able to repair themselves during rest.
As you can see, there are several ways you can increase energy levels. Practice a healthy lifestyle, then use the above tips to give yourself an added boost where and when you need one.