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Tips To Boost Energy & Beat That Afternoon Slump

With the pressures of modern life, we could all do with a way to boost energy levels. I have lost count of the times I have hit the afternoon slump – sitting at my desk with heavy eyes, reaching for another coffee. If you’re struggling with the same feelings, then I’m here to tell you that feelings of tiredness and fatigue don’t have to be the norm.

Recently, I made a few simple changes to my day-to-day life that helped me to boost energy levels. I followed 5 simple tips to help me fight fatigue…

a woman trying to stay energised as she gets out of bed

Tips To Boost Energy

  1. Get enough sleep – It can be difficult to get enough sleep. But sleep is directly linked to feeling tired and fatigued.
    Did you know that sleeping from 1 am to 9 am is not thought to be as restorative as sleeping from 10 pm to 6 am?
  2. Avoid caffeine – While caffeine can give us a short boost, it can leave us feeling even more tired than before.
    Did you know that refined sugar can also cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels, which can cause energy levels to plummet?
  3. Relax – It may be hard to switch off, but time to unwind is an important factor in how energetic you feel.
    Try setting 20 minutes aside every day just to relax. Read a book, have a bath, listen to music.
  4. Exercise – While strenuous exercise can zap all your energy stores, gentle exercise can boosts endorphins and energy levels.
    Try going for a walk or doing yoga instead of reaching for coffee.
  5. Eat well – The right nutrients can help to provide the cells in your body with enough energy to function.
    Did you know that drinking water can also affect your energy levels? Being dehydrated can fatigue your body.

3 Nutrients To Boost Energy

It is probably no shock that vitamins and nutrients have a big impact on how energetic we feel. We often hear about the importance of iron and vitamin B12, but other vitamins can help to boost energy too.

Ginseng

There are many types of ginseng grown all over the world. Panax ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng, has been used for centuries as a mood and energy booster. It can be eaten or taken as a specially formulated supplement to promote feelings of vitality and increase stamina.

It is completely natural, made from the root of the Korean ginseng plant.

Magnesium

It is very common to be deficient in magnesium, but this essential mineral is important for lots of functions in the body. One of these is energy metabolism – it affects the way that our body actually generates energy from food. It can also affect our sleep.

For me, supplementing with magnesium helped to improve the quality of my sleep, leaving me feeling more energetic in the morning.

B Vitamins

Although B12 is (arguably) the best-known vitamin to affect energy levels, the whole B complex is actually just as important.

Also known as thiamine, vitamin B1 is essential for energy production. Vitamin B2, riboflavin, also helps metabolise carbs, fats and protein to creates energy in the body. Vitamin B6 can help to reduce or regulate anxiety and depression levels which can help to restore energy within the body.

Boost Your Energy

So, if you are suffering from a lack of energy, try adding these 5 simple tips and 3 nutrients to your daily routine. They helped me beat that afternoon slump and they could help you too.



Rebecca Todd

Rebecca Todd

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A writer. A horse rider. A passionate foodie.


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