Here’s how to stop feeling exhausted – the natural way.
Energy levels can fluctuate at the best of times, even before considering the colder months and the toll they take on us. Here’s what could be to blame and how to fix it, fast.
What could be zapping your energy?
A lot of stress
Prolonged stress has numerous deleterious effects on the body, causing deficiencies in magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc. Stress can also impact hormones and increase inflammation. All of these factors can lead to lowered energy levels.
We are all familiar with the effects of a night or two without sleep. Sleep allows us to recharge, reset, renew and rejuvenate for the next day. Aim for 6-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Hands off the phone! Blue light can interrupt our natural circadian rhythm, so be sure to put the phone away at least 30 minutes before bed.
What can help?
Starting the day right
Begin the day with a breakfast full of satiating protein and good fats, which provide energy released slowly and consistently. Steer away from sweet breakfasts that lead to a sugar-related slump later in the day.
The adrenal glands produce hormones that help the body regulate energy production, amongst many other processes.
When your adrenals are working harder in times of physical activity, mental or emotional stress or when you’re battling an illness, they burn through more magnesium and vitamin C than usual. In these times of extra demand, you may need and benefit from taking more of these nutrients.
Before starting any health program, consult your healthcare practitioner.