There are so many things that are leaving us exhausted at the moment.
Meeting deadlines, spending enough time with the family, sitting in traffic, and not getting enough sleep can add up and result in constant fatigue.
It might be time for a bit of an energy boost. But HOW?
- Take in enough magnesium
This mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including breaking down sugar into energy. So when levels are even a little low, energy can drop.
To make sure you’re getting enough:
- Add a handful of almonds, hazelnuts, or cashews to your daily diet.
- Increase your intake of whole grains, particularly bran cereal.
- Eat more fish
- Go for a walk
While it may seem as if moving about when you feel exhausted is the quickest route to feeling more exhausted, the opposite is true. Increasing physical activity — particularly walking — increases energy.
- Take a Power Nap
Research has shown that both information overload and pushing our brains too hard can drain energy. A 60-minute “power nap” can not only reverse the mind-numbing effects of information overload, but it may also help us to better retain what we have learned.
- Don’t Skip Breakfast – or Any Other Meal
People who eat breakfast report being in a better mood, and have more energy throughout the day.
Breaking the fast soon after rising supplies your body with a jolt of fuel that sets the tone for the whole day.
- Reduce Stress and Deal With Anger
This may be easier said than done, but it needs to happen because stress is one of the biggest energy-drainers. So do whatever it takes – meditate, count to ten, go for a weekend away – everyone deals with stress and anger differently.
- Drink More Water and Less Alcohol
You may already know that it’s easy to confuse signals of hunger with thirst (we think we need food when we really need water). But did you know that thirst can also be a sign of fatigue?
Sometimes, even slight dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic.
The solution is simple: a tall, cool glass of water. This is particularly important to boost energy after exercise when your body is likely to be craving fluids.
Conversely, if you find yourself frequently fatigued even after a good night’s sleep, try cutting down on alcohol during the evening hours.
While alcohol initially helps you fall asleep, it also interferes with deep sleep, so you’re not getting the rest you think you are – even if you sleep a full eight hours.
By cutting down on alcohol before bedtime, you’ll get a better night’s rest, which is bound to result in more energy the next day.
- Eat More Whole Grains and Less Sugar
The key here is keeping blood sugar balanced so energy is constant.
When you’re eating a sweet food, you get a spike in blood sugar, which gives you an initial burst of energy. That is followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar, which in turn can leave you feeling very wiped out. Do that enough times a day, and by evening you’re feeling exhausted.
- Have a Power Snack
Power snacking is more than just eating between meals. A treat that combines protein, a little fat and some fibre – like peanut butter on a whole-wheat cracker, or some yoghurt with a handful of nuts. But stay away from refined carbs and sugar – this will leave you with a sugar crash and in an even worse state of exhaustion.
- Make It a Latte
Pair a quick caffeine hit with the sustaining power of protein by having milk or a milk alternative (oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.) in your coffee. It will also keep you full for longer!
- Zoost Energy Boost
What makes Zoost Energy Boost So Great?
Well to start off, it doesn’t use sugar to give you energy.
Instead, it uses a mixture of magnesium citrate, L-carnitine, and Guarana extract to help you perform at your best.
So rather than just pumping loads of sugar into the bloodstream, Zoost Energy Boost works inside the muscle cells using its metabolic function to prevent muscle fatigue, and also uses fatty acids from the body’s fat stores to burn as energy.