5 Ways to Naturally Boost Energy Levels

We all know what's it's like to roll out of bed and not feel rested.

We also all know what it's like to fall into the famous 3 PM slump, and need a cup of coffee (or three) to make it to 5 PM. 

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As helpful as that cup of coffee can be, the caffeine stays in our system for hours after consumption and could very well keep you up at night. Plus, it's not healthy to continually rely on caffeine.

Think of that cup of coffee as a Band Aid. It covers the problem, but doesn't necessarily fix the issue. To address chronic fatigue and a poor night's sleep, try getting to bed earlier. (And keep a consistent sleep schedule!) You can also limit technology use, as the blue light emitted from phones, computers, etc. actually disrupts our body's natural ability to deliver melatonin. Get to the source of the problem first.

But sometimes even after a good night's sleep, you don't feel rested. On those days, there are ways to combat fatigue and give yourself a much-needed boost.

  1. Try a cold shower. Whether it be first-thing in the morning, or when you feel like you need a pick-me-up, try cranking that faucet handle to cold. As our body tries to handle the shock of cold water, we begin to breath deeper, which increases our oxygen consumption
  2. Drink lots of water. When we don't drink enough water, our body starts to lose energy. To know how much water you need, divide your bodyweight in half, and that number in ounces is how much water you should be drinking.
  3. Supplement with B12. While not a long-term solution, a high-quality, whole-food B12 supplement will keep your cells happy. B12 helps regulate thyroid function, but is water-soluble. That means your body cannot store extra B12, and relies instead on the foods you eat everyday to get enough B12, and other B vitamins. If you're deficient in B12, your energy levels will be lacking.
  4. Get some daily movement. A tough workout can give the body a much-needed boost, but if you're at work and unable to get the gym, get away from the desk and go for a walk. Try incorporating a little bit of movement into certain times of day. Movement helps send oxygen to the body's cells and helps your heart and lungs work more efficiently.
  5. Reach for complex carbs. Carbohydrates are broken into two camps--simple and complex. Simple carbs (fruit, white bread, sugar, white rice) are quickly digested in the body and used for quick energy. Once our body uses up that energy, it's typically for energy levels to dip. Familiar with the sugar crash after eating candy? That's what I'm talking about. Complex carbohydrates, however, take longer to digest and provide longer-lasting energy. Bonus points when combined with a healthy fat and/or protein. If you're crashing in the middle of the afternoon and need a snack, bypass the blueberry muffin and instead reach for some whole-grain cracker and avocado.
Do you struggle with fluctuating energy levels? Send me a message!

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