Cold, gray days got you down? Winter weather leaving you feeling sluggish? You’re in luck. Today I share my top five tips for increasing energy. These five simple steps will boost your energy and help you battle the blahs.
1. Get moving
You might think exercising would zap your energy and if you’re already feeling low, it’s probably the last thing you feel like doing. Oddly enough, exercise has the opposite effect. Exercise increases circulation which gets more oxygen to your muscles and brain and energizes you!
2. Drink more water
Drinking more water is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to boost energy. Being slightly dehydrated slows the flow of oxygen to your brain and decreases your energy and metabolism . The old saying to drink eight glasses of water a day really does help.
3.Eat complex carbs
Carbohydrates are your bodies main source of fuel and without them you feel tired and sluggish. But, make sure you are eating the right kind of carbs such as fruits and whole grains and avoid processed foods and sugar.
4. Get better sleep
This seems obvious but it is very important to try to get good sleep to recharge your energy levels. To improve your sleep patterns, avoid strenuous exercise, caffeine and alcohol right before bed. Alcohol may make it easier to go to sleep but it actually decreases the deeper levels of sleep that are needed to truly re-energize.
5. Consider B12 supplementation
As we age, our ability to get enough B12 from diet alone gets harder. We may eat as much as we used to but absorbing B12 gets more difficult for the body. We recommend getting weekly to monthly B12 in the form of an injection especially if you are over 40. B12 is a natural way to increase your body’s metabolism which leads to improved levels of energy.
At Advanced Life Clinic, our goal is to make you look and feel your best with our whole body approach to wellness, weight loss and aesthetics so follow these tips and battle those blahs!
Dr. DeGraaff and the staff at Advanced Life Clinic