Do you wake up tired, feel de-energized by mid-afternoon or maybe your energy levels are not what they used to be. Many people can identify with wanting to have more energy so that they can enjoy life to the maximum. However, the feeling of full vitality does not have to be hard or complicated to achieve; here are a few natural ways you can fix your energy levels crisis.
Super Food Powders
Green plants owe their color to chlorophyll which when ingested helps blood carry more oxygen throughout your body. This, in turn, enhances your energy levels as well as general well-being. Chlorophyll is also a vital ingredient in enhancing your body’s ability to eliminate toxins, increasing energy levels and is available as concentrated powders of moringa, spirulina, kelp and chlorella.
After fresh juices, the next best thing is super juice powders, which provide your body with plenty of nutrients in a concentrated form. Some of the most popular include goji, aloe vera, beet and wheatgrass juice.
Lacking essential nutrients is another reason why you could be feeling less energetic than usual. However, you can find these nutrients in mineral and multivitamin supplements, and they will help in
directly improving energy production. Supplements of EGCG, a key antioxidant found in green tea help improve stamina, increase mental alertness and boost energy.
The greatest upside of using green tea is that it offers you a gentler dose of caffeine compared to that offered by a cup of coffee. Another option is matcha, which are finely ground green tea leaves that reportedly offer users sustained alertness and energy without jitters that come with taking coffee.
The Connection Between Sleep and Energy
Often overlooked, sleep deprivation is the biggest reason for low energy and high stress. Alarmingly, 74% of Americans would rather do other things than sleep if having extra free time; maybe this explains why more people complain of sluggish thinking, feeling cranky and, at times, even hallucinating. Getting enough time for quality, adequate sleep and keeping to a regular wake-sleep schedule is just a starting point, but might not be enough.
Get More Sunlight
Exposure to more natural light in the day makes it easier to get better sleep and boost your energy levels. In fact, working in an office with windows helps people sleep about 40 minutes more than people working in windowless offices, and they are more physically energetic and active. In addition, taking a trip out to the wild in a weekend of camping helps the body’s natural clock reset while promoting better sleep quality.
Take a Break from Screens
Your body has its own internal clock, also known as circadian rhythm, which is designed to help you sleep while it’s dark and wake you up to daylight; however, indoor lighting is disrupting this clock. In addition, blue light that comes from smartphone and computer screens is the worst. When you look at the screens before going to bed, the natural production of melatonin (a sleep hormone) is suppressed, making it even harder for you to fall and stay asleep; so, it is best that you avoid checking your digital devices at least an hour before bed.
The next time you are feeling sluggish and in need of a pick-me-up, instead of reaching for a can of soda or an energy drink, consider all the natural options above. These options will also help you when battling jet lag, have a long drive ahead, or when at the gym.