Do you feel like there are times when you are incredible energetic, but the next day you can’t get yourself up without a hefty caffeine boost? We assure you, there are perfectly good (although not healthy) reasons for such a roller coaster. It appears our energy depends not only on food and sleep, but on a number of energy drainers as well (social media, anyone?). With just a few minor adjustments of diet and regime it is possible to restore your mojo and start each day full of energy. Here we’ve gathered 8 important things you need to know about your body’s energy levels.
Exercise to get a lasting energy boost
Have you ever felt so tired you thought you’d fall asleep in a car or a bus, but then spent an hour at the gym or running with your dog and, surprisingly, felt much better after the workout? Well, that’s completely explainable because during the exercise our bodies produce adrenaline that is the ultimate energy booster. Its effect can last for hours and, if you do it regularly, your overall energy levels will also increase!
Make sure you get enough vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential not only to our health, but to our mood as well. It keeps our bodies charged up, boosts metabolism, and regulates insulin secretions – all of which, put together, just make us feel energized. We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight (hence the wave of melancholic mood in winter) and a variety of foods like eggs, tofu, trout, and almond milk. So if you’re feeling a lack of energy try incorporating more of these foods into your diet.
Facebook sucks energy
A fascinating research was made recently at the Centre for Research on Media, Technology and Health in Pittsburgh. Scientists now have actual proof that reading too much Facebook leads to depression! Looking at other people’s ‘successful’ and ‘happy’ photos makes you more dissatisfied with your life, while negative things also get exaggerated on social media, making you engage emotionally and leading, again, to depression. We recommend you at least try reading less Facebook, especially people you don’t know personally.
Laugh as much as possible
Yes, laughing actually helps! So we officially allow you to dive into the ocean of funny cat videos on YouTube or any other site for 10-15 minutes per day and laugh your lungs out. Laughter naturally improves your mood, which, in return, boosts the energy levels of your whole body. You heart rate increases, your blood pressure rises, and suddenly you don’t feel slow and sleepy anymore!
Boost your energy with food
Recent studies at the NYU School of Medicine show that people who follow more of a plant-based diet have higher energy levels than people who enjoy consuming animal protein. Nutritionists suggest eating more greens, berries, and avocados as they are high in protein and fiber. Lentils and kale are also packed with nutritional goodies and all kinds of healthy elements like zinc, iron, potassium, etc., while fruits and nuts make for great energizing snacks.
Allergies take away your energy
We all know allergies are nasty, but most people don’t realize just how much energy they’re losing because of them. Congestion won’t let you fully rest at night and during the day you also spend too much time just trying to breathe normally. It’s good to invest into some meds before the allergies season so your body is fully prepared and won’t get shocked once all the sneezing starts. 40% of people who suffer from seasonal allergies experience sleep issues and fatigue!
Go for a short walk
Like with workout that we have mentioned before, short walks can boost your energy levels in a matter of minutes. Not only do you get to move and raise your blood flow and heart rate, but you also change the scene, which immediately drags your brain out of its sluggish slumber. If your work requires you to stay in one place for long periods of time, taking small breaks and going for walks will greatly increase your productivity and overall health.
Sometimes fatigue is a symptom
Usually it’s our lifestyle that’s causing our body’s energy levels to drop down to floor level, and yet, there’s a number of cases when fatigue is actually a symptom pointing to more serious issues. Unusually strong fatigue can be experienced by people before a heart attack. It can also point to a condition named anemia – when there are not enough healthy red blood cells in your body. If you’re feeling tired all the time and nothing seems to help, it’s best to have a chat with your doctor.