Lack of energy or chronic fatigue is a common complaint among Americans. Feeling tired, exhausted or over-stressed are frequently reported symptoms.
Simple dietary and lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Adding in some high-quality protein at each meal can help stabilize blood sugars, keep your appetite under control and give you lasting energy. Try adding in eggs, beans or nuts as a great source of healthy protein.
Skip the energy drinks, and keep hydrated with a cup of green tea. You’ll be drinking a great source of antioxidants to protect against cancer and heart disease. Avoid trans fats which can harm your heart and interfere with blood flow, lowering your energy. Cut out processed carbohydrates with white flour and white sugar. These carbs lead to a blood sugar spike, followed by a blood sugar crash that can leave you feeling tired and cranky. Choose complex carbohydrates from real fruits and vegetables that help to steady your blood sugars and provide you with energizing phytonutrients.
Exercise is a great energy booster. Take a brisk walk, climb the stairs, or jog in place to get your blood pumping and increase oxygen to the brain. Deep breathing and meditation can also help battle fatigue and chronic stress.
If you suffer from a lack of energy, your body may be telling you it’s time for a lifestyle change to help you “Feel Better and Live Longer!”.
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC, AADP
Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor
Succeed Health, LLC