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Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy
As a mom of four kids I know all about being exhausted. I don't like to resort to medicine, so I try to naturally boost my energy. Over the years I have found some things that truly do work and I thought I would share them with you.
- Eat a balanced diet. Humans are omnivores and we are meant to eat a wide variety of foods. Make sure that you eat from all the food groups each day so that your body will be healthy and balanced. Also make sure you eat frequently. Do not skip breakfast and make sure you eat a snack if you are going longer than four hours between meals.
- Avoid sugar. Sugar causes a rush of energy, which is nice, but then you typically crash shortly after the rush. These constant ups and downs can wreak havoc on your energy levels. Try to limit sugar and keep it steady throughout the day and you will find your energy levels to be more even.
- Exercise. You should force yourself to get outside and get some exercise each day. The sun and the movement will give you a burst of energy and lift your mood. I know it is hard to do when you are tired, but it will really benefit you in the long run.
- Drink lots of water. I particularly love to have a glass of ice cold water with a half a lemon squeezed into it each afternoon. It is so refreshing. When we are dehydrated we lose energy quickly. Caffeine will give you a quick boost of energy when you really need it, but try not to depend on it all the time.
- Get enough sleep. I spent years not sleeping through the night due to the kids, but now that life is somewhat back to normal my energy levels are too. Lack of sleep hurts our bodies in so many ways. Everyone is different, but I am guessing you know your body and about how much sleep you need. For me it is eight to nine hours. Make sure you get what you need as often as possible.
- Eat enough protein. Protein is a long lasting source of energy because it takes our bodies longer to digest than other foods. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, make sure you get complete protein sources each and every day. Protein is the best food you can eat for boosting your energy.
- Decrease stress. Stressful situations exhaust us. Sometimes there isn't much you can do about this, but you should try to cut out areas of your life that are particularly stressful. Really evaluate the things you do each day and figure out where you can make your life easier.
- If all else fails see a doctor. There are many medical reasons why you might be exhausted all the time, including anemia and thyroid problems. If lack of energy is a constant in your life no matter what you do, then it is time to talk to a professional to figure out what is going on.