24th November 2017 | Body+Soul
Try these natural energy-boosting strategies to avoid silly season burnout
It can be the most wonderful – and the most hectic – time of year. And this is how to keep yourself in check, according to an integrative doctor.
With the festive season soon upon us and school holidays about to get into full swing, you’re entering into one of the busiest times of the year – children on holiday, family and friends visiting from afar, and plenty of celebration. Now, more than ever, is the time to make sure you don’t fall off the bandwagon and forget to take care of yourself, including your health.
We share five health tips to help support your energy levels and keep you on your toes this silly season.
1.Cut the energy rinks
More and more people these days are turning to energy drinks to stay alert instead of respecting the normal need for rest, relaxation and sleep. The high-sugar and caffeine content in energy drinks creates a steep energy climb that isn’t natural to the body, which can cause the body to come down from that high too quickly, resulting in what’s often known as a “sugar crash”. Energy drinks have been shown to raise stress levels, increase heart rate and blood pressure, often making you feel even more tired, anxious or stressed than you were beforehand. For best and long lasting results that will increase your energy, try cutting out caffeine products and opt for a natural solution, such as green tea or a protein-packed meal.
2. Boost antioxidants with citrus
Citrus fruits are packed with antioxidants, vital for good health. Oranges, lemons, mandarins and limes provide an abundant source of nutritional value, mostly in the form of Vitamin C, but they also contain flavanones. Flavanones are the antioxidants that help our bodies cope better with stress and inflammation, and – during the festive season – stress levels are known to rise. So consider adding citrus to your daily juice, smoothie or breakfast bowl to reap the benefits.
3. Power up with Ubiquinol
As parents, we know that raising children requires bucket loads of energy. We often become tired just from the day to day pace. Our bodies produce energy naturally in the form of the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10, which is converted into Ubiquinol, the active (more readily absorbed) form of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and a powerful antioxidant that is vital to providing energy and relieving the body from oxidative stress. Although found naturally in our bodies, Ubiquinol levels deplete after age 30, so daily supplementation with Ubiquinol may help restore your levels. Be sure to speak with your healthcare practitioner first to discuss what’s best for you.
4. Move it
While you might feel tired and worn out, you’ll feel more energised in the long run after a brisk walk or swim. Many people think exercise can cause fatigue, but there are numerous studies that indicate exercise actually boosts energy and increases the efficiency of your muscles, lungs and heart. Try to exercise first thing in the morning when you’re most likely to feel energised, and less likely to think of excuses as to why you shouldn’t.
5. Get some much needed sleep
Easier said than done, but giving your body a good night’s sleep of at least seven to eight hours, each night, can really help you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the summer day with plenty of energy.