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How to replenish your energy

Updated on April 3, 2017

Everyday is different. You may feel energetic on some days but may feel tired and drained on certain other days. Of course, this should not be surprising because human beings are not automotive machines for running which we can put 97-octane fuel. But when you are tired, you may not feel like carrying on even with your routine work. You may not feel like eating also. During such occasions, you must recharge yourself and get your energy replenished.

It is true it has become a high-speed world and so, if you do not have the required energy to do your work, you may lag behind and it may lead to stagnation. So, it is imperative that you must always ensure to maintain your energy levels. But how is it possible? Let us see.

1. Diaphragmatic breathing can do wonders

Diaphragmatic breathing also known as deep breathing will do a world of good in replenishing your energy. But unfortunately, we often forget to breathe deeply because of various factors that include stress, a tight waistline, poor posture, habit, etc. When we do not breathe deeply, the oxygen we inhale does not reach the bottom portion of our lungs. If you learn to belly-breathe, you will be supplying more oxygen to your system thus replenishing your energy and stamina.

2. Ensure to have good sleep during nights

If you do not get 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily, you will feel as if your energy is sapped. Some people think that they have to just have 7 hours of sleep daily and that it is perfectly all right if they have this sleep during day time. But sleeping for 7 or 9 hours during daytime cannot replenish energy as effectively as sleeping during nights.

The reason is restorative processes like digestion, secretion of hormones including the growth hormones that are required for maintaining lean muscles, healthy skin, immune functions, etc. are said to have strong links with the night sleep. If you forgo your sleep during nights and sleep during daytime, you will feel worn down. Therefore, develop the habit of retiring for bed at least by 10 PM and ensure to have 7 hours of sound sleep.

Of course, there are a number of people who have been affected by sleep apnea. In fact, a study conducted in the USA says that the number of people who are suffering from sleep apnea has been increasing at a rapid pace. These people cannot have deep sleep due to which they will not have optimum energy. They may be affected by other health issues like hyper-tension, weight gain, etc. Hence, those who have sleep apnea problem should immediately consult a specialist so they can have good sleep during nights. Once they start having good sleep on a regular basis, they are certain to feel more energetic. They can bid adieu to other health issues also.

3. Stop eating energy-sapping foods

There are foods that increase acidity in your system. Similarly, there are some alkaline-forming foods as well. It is a known fact that acid-forming foods make people sluggish and dull. These are energy-sapping foods. Therefore, you should stop eating more of them and switch to alkaline-forming foods such as figs, green and leafy vegetables, molasses, almonds, celery, dates, etc.

You should also reduce your intake of sugar because it has been found that excess sugar in your blood-stream can bring down your energy levels.

Insufficient protein can also negatively impact your energy levels and cause fatigue. So, make it a point to keep nuts and almonds readily available for your periodical consumption.

Many people believe that caffeine present in the coffee can make them alert. On the contrary, if you are in the habit of drinking a number of cups of coffee every day, be ready for burnouts and energy loss. If you want to be energetic, you must reduce your intake of coffee.

Similarly, if you do not drink adequate amount of water, you are likely to feel tired and dull. So, ensure to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily so you can work with increased energy.

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