At some point in our lives, all women experience severe energy drain. This is characterized by complete exhaustion which doesn’t permit us to do anything other than lie on the sofa and watch old romantic comedies all day. Yet we also experience less obvious signs of energy drain and these are far more frequent. The result is that we find it difficult to concentrate on tasks and become more irritable. There are dozens of factors that can negative effect our energy levels. Instead of relying on caffeine and sugary energy drinks, here are some ways to increase your energy naturally. Try out one or two of these recommendations and you are certain to see your energy levels skyrocket.
1: Reduce Your Intake Of Coffee
When you drink coffee, a sudden increase in stress hormones gives you a burst of energy. However, consuming several cups a day puts you on the fast track to burnout. Start cutting down you intake and stick to a single cup a day. There are a host of coffee alternatives such as teas made from roasted carob and roasted chicory root, which are not only delicious but can also give your health a nice boost (chicory root contains vitamin C and can help balance blood sugar levels).
2: Keep Moving
It can be difficult to exercise when you’re feeling tired but regular physical activity will gradually improve your overall energy levels. You don’t have to start sprinting or engage in a seriously strenuous activity however. Most physicians agree that the simple act of walking will provide your body with a much needed energy boost. Studies conducted by a California university found that a brisk 10-15 minute walk increased a person’s energy with the effects lasting from 90-120 minutes afterwards.
A large number of people who think they have a balanced diet are actually magnesium deficient. Magnesium is crucial for the breaking down of 300 biochemical reactions in the body. One of these reactions is the process of breaking down glucose into energy. In a study conducted by a North Dakota research centre, it was found that women with low magnesium levels had higher heart rates and needed more oxygen to complete physical activities than women with normal levels. In essence, our bodies are forced to work harder when we have a magnesium deficiency which will eventually drain us. Women should consume 300 milligrams of magnesium per day. You can easily achieve this by adding almonds, cashews, whole grains and fish to your diet.
4: Take A Break
Unlike our male counterparts, women are known for their ability to multitask. We see it as an essential way to get our work done faster but if we continue to push ourselves without any sort of break, fatigue will inevitably set in. No matter how busy you are, it’s important to take a short break; even if it’s only for a few minutes. This brief period of relaxation can improve energy levels significantly. According to research, workers who took four short breaks of around half a minute per hour and a 14 minute break after two hours recording much higher performance levels than women who work continuously.
5: Embrace Water
Research relating to overeating has already shown that we confuse symptoms of hunger for symptoms of thirst. However, it is also becoming clear that what we see as signs of thirst are actually signs of fatigue. We see a drastic reduction in our energy levels when we become dehydrated. Drink a large glass of water every few hours. It is especially important to consume liquid before, during and after exercise as the body will be desperately craving fluid. Alcohol has the effect of dehydrating us so reduce it and reap the rewards of improved energy! Without adequate energy, every day will seem to drag on. Forget about caffeine or those heavily marketed drinks laden with sugar and taurine, a few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference and provide long lasting health benefits. If you find your energy levels are lowest during menstruation, its possible that your hormones are out of balance. In that case, natural products like 30 Plus can help balance your hormones and restore energy.
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