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One of the most common problems that modern day people face is the lack of energy. Feeling tired and getting some sleep to gear up is normal. But a constant state of fatigue signifies a cellular imbalance due to deficiency of vitamins or minerals. For constant energy one needs to supply the body with enough essential nutrients which it needs for energy boosting to keep going.
Magnesium is essential in all the biochemical reactions that are going on in our body including the breaking down of glucose into energy. The benefits of magnesium are numerous – an active brain, a healthy normal heart, maintaining mitochondrial health and proper functioning of the muscles and the nerves to name a few. Consume high-magnesium foods such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, avocados, beans and raw spinach. Include more fish in our diet, especially halibut and whole grains especially bran cereal. Additionally, use supplementation to help raise the level of magnesium.
- Vitamin B12
One of the most essential requirements by every cell of the human body for energy metabolism is that of vitamin B12. Since the body is unable to produce vitamin B12 on its own, it has to be supplemented from sources such as mussels, dairy and other animal products. If you are a vegan, then a vitamin supplement is recommended since only animal foods contain this vitamin naturally. You can also use other supplements to fulfill your body’s requirement of vitamin B12.
Ginseng is a well-known herb which acts as an adaptogen that helps the body in responding naturally to anxiety, stress and physical exertion. It can improve your mood and energy. People taking ginseng have lower levels of free radicals in their blood and have an increase in their energy levels.
Caffeine helps to boost up our metabolism and increases our physical energy. A cup of coffee or tea is the best source of caffeine. You can also replace your sugar-loaded coffee with iced pineapple tea; the caffeine in tea and the sugar in pineapple juice are enough to get you through the afternoon with extra vigor.
- Hydrating Your Body
Sometimes you may find your energy level sapping down as the day progresses. This may be due to dehydration, which is the cause of the dip in your energy. Drinking enough water and water-filled foods like cucumber, radish, tomatoes, celery and pepper can help to keep your body hydrated and your energy level high.
- Quick Tips
- When under stress breathe deeply as stress tends to make our breathing rapid decreasing the supply of oxygen to the brain.
- Whenever you feel exhausted, increase your physical activity, especially walking, to increase your energy.
- Keep your blood sugar level balanced by reducing sugar intake. Consume more whole grains, which will provide you with a slow but steady supply of fuel to keep you energized consistently throughout the day.
- Enjoy a power snack – indulge in a treat that has a combination of protein, some fiber and a little fat. It can be yogurt with some nuts or a whole-wheat cracker with peanut butter on it.