Posted by Rachel on:
It can be frustrating not having the energy you're used to having. Here are some quick and easy ways to help you get energy levels up!
1. Drink a cup of green tea in the morning. You will feel calm and relaxed from the amino acid theanine. If you hate the taste, you can buy L-theanine in supplement form to get the same effect. Green tea does have caffeine, which can be good for those who need a jump start in the morning, but without getting the jitters or headaches. It's great for reducing anxiety, increasing energy, fighting cancer, stimulating the immune system, and even helps you lose a little weight by boosting your metabolism.
2. Take a hot shower and use a body exfoliator. Use a salt or sugar scrub to exfoliate dead skin and then end the shower by turning on the cold water for just a few seconds then back to warm again. You will feel energized, refreshed and awake. The idea is to stimulate the lymph and circulation system to help you get moving. A dry brush can work just as well if you don’t take showers in the morning. Brush the soft bristles toward your heart and follow with your hand.
3. Take a brisk walk. Even if it's just around the block, get out there and exercise! Call a friend to help you get motivated. Having a 15 min walk can help energy levels, but shooting for 30-45 min per day is ideal.
4. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily. Eating 5-9 servings daily of each will help you get important vitamins, minerals and enzymes everyone needs to function at optimal levels. Keep in mind a serving size is only 1/2 cup and their low in calories and fat.
5. You have the power to be happy and healthy. It's difficult to gain physical and mental energy when you don't have it at the ready. Taking a gentle yoga class will allow quality time for yourself. With deep breathing exercises and meditation you may open up new brain pathways, changing and helping your mental and physical well being.
6. Take Supplements. Even the healthiest person can't get all the daily nutrients from food alone. Some important energy supporters are; vitamin B Complex, folate acid, omega-3 fatty acids, ginseng, ginkgo, and garlic. Think of supplements as your insurance!
7. Water. Often times lethargy and even sleeplessness is a result on not consuming enough water. It's recommended to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces, so if your 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces or about 9 cups of pure drinking water. If you don't like water, try slicing the following together or separate; lemons, limes, cucumbers, berries, and even mint to add flavor to your water.
Good Luck and Be Well!