Do you know the feeling of a midday slump in energy levels? Do you fight to stay alert in the afternoon? If so, it might be time to change up your routine to banish fatigue and naturally restore the spring in your step.
So skip the afternoon cup of coffee or "revved up” energy drinks. Try some of these easy, natural methods instead and increase your energy levels naturally.
Munch on Some Full Fat Nut Dips
Forget the sugar-laden “energy” bars and simply munch on some celery sticks that you can dip in some delicious homemade nut butter. A full fat nut butter, such as almond butter, is full of vitamin E and other heart-healthy nutrients. In addition, it is quite filling with no insulin-promoting response.
Amp Up Your Sleep
Spending your nights tossing and turning can lead to trouble in energy levels. High quality sleep allows your body to restore and repair itself, especially after exercise earlier in the day, so be sure you’re getting enough shut eye to support your needs. If you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep at night, try to keep a consistent schedule by waking up at the same time each day and going to sleep at the same time as well. In addition, eliminate any caffeine-containing drinks after lunch, since the stimulating effects of caffeine can last for several hours and potentially impair sleep.
Boost Your B12
Vitamin B12 is rightly known as the “energy vitamin.” This B vitamin is one of the key energy-boosting nutrients for your body, supporting energy production and keeping blood cells happy and healthy. If you are developing a B12 deficiency, one of the first signs is noticing that your energy levels are lower. Since B12 is water-soluble, your body does not store it, so you have to consume adequate amounts of B12 daily to keep your B12 levels restored.
It’s no secret that drinking adequate amounts of purified water is good for you, but did you know that one of the first signs of dehydration is feeling exhausted and fatigued? Not drinking enough water throughout the day could be a key reason why your energy levels are falling. Even small dips in hydration can affect your overall metabolism. If you are highly active, be sure to add more water to your routine to replace water lost through sweat. If you eat a lot of highly heated foods, such as baked goods, you will need to drink more water than a person who eats more juicy fruits and raw veggies.
Work Up a Sweat
Do you feel exhausted or “wiped out” after an intensive exercise? While it seems surprising, consistent exercise can actually increase your energy levels. Physical activity sends oxygen and nutrients to your body’s cells and can help your lungs and heart work more efficiently. You don’t have to run a marathon; even moderate levels of your favorite fitness activity (walking, running, swimming, biking) can help elevate your energy levels.