If you’re getting enough sleep at night but still experience a sluggish, drained feeling throughout the day, don’t reach for that coffee or energy drink just yet. Often these caffeine, sugar-laden drinks will give an initial boost, but you’re left more tired than before once the effects have worn off. Here are 5 natural remedies to give you some renewed energy.
More and more the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are being realised as work is confined to the indoors and people’s energy and spirit levels plummet. Sunlight has the ability to energise the individual and elevate the mood so it’s important to get outside and take in that Vitamin D. Remember not to expose skin to harsh UV rays for an extended period of time without sun protection, but 20 minutes of sunshine a day should drastically improve energy levels.
2. Green Tea
For someone who relies heavily on coffee for a daily pickup, green tea is a fantastic alternative. It has small amounts of caffeine – 24 to 40 milligrams as opposed to up to 200 milligrams found in coffee – so it provides that caffeine buzz without overdoing it. Green tea also lowers cholesterol and the active compound found in green tea – EGCG –facilitates weight loss. Overall, it’s a great energy-boosting option.
Many turn to sugar when energy levels are low for the taste benefits and boost of energy but the negative health-related issues linked to sugar really aren’t worth the brief high and it will just result in a sugar crash. If sweet is the preferred choice, rather opt for an apple which is full of vitamin C, fibre and complex carbohydrates that boost energy and stabilise blood sugar. Apples also contain useful antioxidants and pectin to reduce cholesterol and fight inflammation.
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From a young age, hunger symptoms are confused with thirst resulting in overeating and decreased energy levels. When there isn’t enough fluid in the body, the blood volume decreases, forcing the heart to work harder to distribute oxygen and nutrients, resulting in fatigue. Therefore, the first thing to do is drink some water when hunger pangs emerge. It’s important to keep water on hand for those times when energy is low, particularly on warmer days when the body needs more fluids. Try substitute other beverages – which may contain caffeine and sugar – with water to keep those energy levels constant.
5. Whole Grains
To maintain a consistent level of energy throughout the day, turn to whole grains. Unlike with sugar-rich foods which cause blood sugar to spike and plummet, whole grains while provide a slow, steady release of energy throughout the day so that the individual doesn’t suddenly experience pockets of exhaustion. Whole grain foods include oats, brown rice, rye, barley, quinoa, couscous and corn, among others.
6. Eugenie Rowson’s Stress, Exhaustion and Burnout Formula
For symptoms of exhaustion, burnout, mental and physical fatigue and exhaustion after prolonged stress, try Eugenie Rowson’s stress, exhaustion and burnout formula. This formula assists with feelings of being overwhelmed, low energy levels, exhaustion and burnout. It improves adrenal function and the ability to cope with and respond to everyday stress.
In this fast-moving age with increasing pressure on overall performance, many people turn to food, drink and drugs for a quick fix rather than looking for a more wholesome alternative. By simply incorporating natural remedies, such as these, into a daily routine, energy levels will remain consistent, productivity will increase and you will find you’re not exhausted and depressed by the end of the day.
Eugenie Rowson’s highly regarded Vibrational Medicine offers an extensive range of unique mouth spray remedies which are safe for adults, children and pets. These are available online at The Remedy Shoppe www.theremedyshoppe.co.za or through their adjoined private practice and retail outlet The Remedy Shoppe, 34 Crawford Drive, Douglasdale, Johannesburg. Call: +27 (0)76 410 8262.