Do you rely on that morning coffee (or two) or afternoon sugary sweets to give you that extra boost to get you through the day? In the long term these quick fixes can leave you more feeling more exhausted.
In today’s busy world it is easy to feel run down. Fatigue can manifest in the form of mood swings, lack of concentration, headaches and a feeling of exhaustion. Instead of using stimulants for a quick boost, you can fuel your body with the right nutrients so that we have sustained energy to get us through the whole day. Here are some tips that ways to boost your energy that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
Nourish your body with super foods
The most nutrient dense foods on earth! Due to their concentrated level of nutrients, Bioglan Superfoods are a natural way to increase your energy and feel great throughout the whole day. Try the following Superfoods to boost your energy levels:
Natural multivitamin – Spirulina powder
Spirulina is packed with more nutrients than any other plant. It is high in protein, iron, magnesium and B12 perfect for boosting your energy throughout the day.
Our favourite way to have this superfood is in a juice; try mixing is with apple or pineapple juice or add it to a vegetable juice. You can also use it in salad dressings, shakes or sprinkled into your soups, meals and smoothies.
Fuel up with Coconut oil
Coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) a type of fat that actually has health benefits. It’s easy to digest and quickly converted to energy for brain and muscle function.
Coconut oil is stable in heat unlike other oils and so can be used in baking, stir fries, raw food recipes and as a spread because it’s solid at room temperature.
Swap your chocolate bar for Cacao Powder
Craving chocolate? Here’s a superfood substitute that’s full of goodness without the guilt. Cacao is high in magnesium and iron which are important for energy production. Cacao contains certain nutrients that have a stimulating effect on the nervous system and helps to elevate mood. Cacao is a good replacement for that sugary treat but should still be consumed in moderation.
Cacao can be used in a hot chocolate, smoothies, in baking and on your breakfast cereal, to add a rich chocolatey flavour.
Charge up with Chia
High protein and high fibre Chia seeds help to maintain sustained energy levels and when added to liquid the seeds swell to double their size to give a sensation of fullness. Chia seeds are also high in iron, calcium and magnesium and are loaded with omega-3 good fats.
Chia seeds have a mild flavour and can be added to cereals, stir fries, shakes and salads.
Rich in B Vitamins and other minerals this super food is a natural energy booster. Maca has a similar effect as caffeine but without the side effects. It works by supporting the body’s endocrine system that is responsible for energy production.
Maca can be used in juices, smoothies, baking or cereals.
Try the following tips to modify your lifestyle for maximum energy:
– Nothing with numbers– Did you know that some foods actually require more nutrients to digest than they actually provide? To avoid feeling tired and lethargic after a meal, try consuming whole, unprocessed foods with a balance of protein, whole grains and fruits and vegetables.
– Avoid skipping meals – food is fuel for our bodies. Eating at regular intervals, every 3-4 hours, has been showed to maintain energy levels and improve concentration.
– Stay away from stimulants – No, we’re not going to take your morning coffee away from you, but it would be a good idea just to keep it to one cup a day and eventually just as a treat. Swap the sugary snack with dried fruit and raw nuts, or veggies and hummus.
– Hydrate – Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue. Consume at least 2 litres a day. Try adding a slice of fruit, fresh mint or even a splash of Bioglan Chlorophyll (another superfood) – it flavours the water without adding unwanted calories. Read more about the health benefits of Chlorophyll.
– Exercise– Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you are exhausted but it can actually increase your energy levels, by increasing blood and oxygen flow around the body. Even if it’s a simple 30 minute walk you will feel an improvement.