Heidi Billington - Naturopath
Whether it comes from poor dietary choices, too many late nights or just trying to do too many things at once - it can all start to take a toll on your energy status. So what can we do?
We've got 6 tips to help keep you energised this spring:
Even though the sun sets later during daylight saving, it does not mean you need to go to bed at a later time too! Try having lights out by 10pm at least twice a week.
One of the first signs of dehydration is tiredness. Every cell in the body requires water to function well. Start the day with a lukewarm glass of water with a squeeze of lemon if you wish.Try to have a total of 8 glasses of water per day.
Often we may think we are eating well but unaware of the other factors such as processing and food storage and how this may affect the quality of our foods. Stress and medication can also play havoc on how our bodies use the nutrients we get from our food. Keep an eye on your intake of the usual modern-day culprits such as convenience and processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, sugar and trans-fats, and try to cut back on these where possible.
There is nothing like fresh air and sunshine to lift the spirits and reenergise the body. Leave the office at lunchtime, get up early or stop the car and sit or walk in the sun for at least 20-30 minutes a day.
Sounds simple enough but many people are shallow breathers and don’t use the full capacity of the lungs. Take a few moments during the day to breathe deeply and slowly at least ten times. This practice not only calms the body down, helping reduce stress levels, but also fills the lungs with extra oxygen allowing it to circulate and energise the body.
Most of us are aware that what we eat impacts our energy levels. Did you know that we also need more of certain vitamins and minerals when feeling particularly tired? One of the most important ones needed for energy production are the B vitamins. Without these the “powerhouse” within each of our cells does not function well and less energy is released for the body to use. You may benefit from taking a daily Multivitamin supplement to top up on these. Multivitamins work as an excellent form of nutritional insurance to help ensure your body gets what it needs to perform efficiently each day.
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