It’s that time of year, spring is in the air! The flowers and trees are blooming and the grass is greening as nature awakes from a winter sleep. We as humans can experience a similar awakening this time of year. Especially as the days get longer and more light is available to accomplish more. Wait! Accomplish more?! Seems like life gets busier and busier. We are pulled in a million different directions.
Life is demanding and it’s common that we get exhausted. There are times during the day that we feel so tired. Here are some tips that are simple and easy to help us have the energy necessary to “keep up!”
Tip #1: Try and get adequate sleep. I know that sounds almost too simple but scientific studies are showing that if we are sleep deprived it damages are mitochondria (our power plants in each cell). It’s kind of like pouring sand in your gas tank. The body repairs and rejuvenates while we sleep and if cheated out of the time needed you will feel that the next day. Studies show we adults need 7-9 hours each night.
Tip #2: Consume lots fruits and veggies in your diet. Again, playing Captain Obvious here, but plants are loaded with antioxidants and other vital nutrients to provide your power plants (mitochondria) the fuel they need to operate at an optimal level. Processed food and sugary foods will gum up your cellular engine and make you feel sluggish. Healthy fats are also crucial to maintain good energy throughout the day. Nuts, seeds, nut butters, avocados, and eggs provide those fats.
Tip #3: Get your hands on nutrient-dense supplements that put “high octane “ fuel in the system. Some might contain natural caffeine which is a much better choice than the chemical caffeine. The chemical caffeine can be detrimental to the energy system over time and hard on the adrenal glands but natural caffeine will behave very different in the system and will provide extra energy when need without the negative side effects of the chemical. So minimize the amount of the chemical caffeine and go for the more natural form. I should also mention avoiding artificial fats in processed food (hydrogenated oils). These fats are called trans fats and will definitely clog your engine! It seems simple but these tips can have profound effects on your ability to have energy and keep up with the demands of our busy lives!