When your energy level dips it affects every part of your being—not just your ability to move through the day, to do your work, but also your mood. Low energy levels can make us irritable and snippy. It even impairs our cognitive thinking. Good news is there are simple and easy ways to naturally boost your energy. Let's take a look—it's time to feel better now!
In this post we will look at 10 ways to naturally increase your energy now. The first 3 are the quickest reaction steps in the actual moment. In this case, the ones most likely to elicit a quick or immediate response.
The key to remember is your energy level is directly effected by what you eat, how you move and how you sleep. These are the heavy hitters when looking at sustainable energy ongoing.
If you are experiencing lack of energy on a recurring basis, it is a good idea to dive into the eat, move and sleep sections for long term effects.
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You've likely heard you should drink more water. You’ve probably even heard you should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day (150lbs = 75 ounces water). But why is it a big deal?
Our bodies are made up of 60% water and the brain and heart are composed of 73% water. It’s a vital nutrient to the life of every cell in our body and serves numerous essential functions to keep us going each day. (1)
Studies show one of the many critical roles water plays is its help in the flow of oxygen to the brain and through the body. It also aids the production of hormones and energy-producing neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin (commonly know as feel good transmitters).
Dehydration on the other hand (insufficient amounts of water) leads to fatigue because it adversely impacts the flow of oxygen to the brain and causes your heart to work harder to pump oxygen to all of your bodily organs. This in turn makes you more tired and less alert. Severe dehydration can even lead to organ failure and death.
Dehydration is said to be the No. 1 cause of midday fatigue. And it has been estimated that nearly 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This can create an ongoing cycle due to the increased fatigue that then reduces motivation, endurance and exercise.
Fortunately, dehydration is easily treated by simply drinking more water. So, give your body a boost and make sure you start your day with a full 8-16 ounces of water first thing (your body will typically have been without water about 8-10 hours or more by this time). Then, simply drink water through the day.
If you find yourself feeling sluggish, grab your bottle and drink up.
Hundreds of studies show the exponential benefits of exercise in improving our health. What many do not realize is this happens in a little as 20 minutes of moderate to brisk walking per day.
Research from the University of Georgia found that when sedentary people started just 20-30 minutes of low-impact exercise (ie: walking), several times a week, they had more energy and less fatigue. Walking has been shown to improve circulation, enhance oxygen delivery and increase blood flow to the br