Article: Energy and Vitality
Fatigue and lack of energy is one the most common issues I hear from clients in clinic. With our ever increasing busy lifestyles who couldn’t do with a little more energy to help them get through the day? Our energy levels will naturally vary from person to person and there are a lot of environmental factors that can affect this such as; quality of sleep, what we eat and drink and stress levels.
I decided to put together some simple tips on how to improve energy and vitality through diet and supplementation. By simply implementing a few of these you won’t be falling asleep at work during the 3 o’clock slump!
Let’s face it, what you put in you get out!
If I decide to eat foods high in sugar, saturated fat and lacking in essential nutrients then I can expect to feel sluggish and run down. If I fuel up with fresh foods as close to their natural state as possible I can expect to feel energized and full of vitality. Fresh will always be best! It can be simplified as this “alive foods create an ‘alive’ feeling dead foods create a ‘dead’ feeling”.
Fluctuations in blood sugar are a massive cause of energy highs and lows. Many people are walking around with crazy blood sugar and insulin levels. To stabilize your blood sugar and avoid the huge fluctuations choose low Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrates. The higher the GI the higher the blood sugar fluctuation. The mid afternoon slump won’t be as bad if you choose to have a yummy salad for lunch filled with nuts and seeds, protein and an array of coloured vegetables.
Drink water! We here this over and over again but still most of the population walk around dehydrated. Dehydrated cells are tired cells, they cannot function as well as they need to. Water also helps carry the water soluble vitamins around the body. Aim for 2 litres of water per day. Coffee and tea don’t count, you can’t clean your car with them nor can you clean your body with them.
Exercise! Exercise gets the oxygen moving around the body and helps clear the mind not to mention all the other added health benefits I don’t have enough space to mention. Aim for at least 30 minutes every day.
Take practitioner quality supplements. In an ideal world we would get exactly what we need from our diets but the reality is in this day and age we generally don’t. Apples and other fruits and vegetables that are stored for 6-18months before we eat them just don’t have the same nutritional content as ones that are picked fresh and eaten within a few days/weeks. A quality multi vitamin and mineral complex, fish oil (omega 3’s) and probiotic can ensure topping up on what is generally missing from our diets.
Low energy can be a serious issue for many people and there is absolutely no reason to walk around with low energy levels and not feeling full of life. Lack of energy and vitality is your body’s way of telling you that you are out of balance. If you are not feeling 100% I would recommend investigating it further. Hemaview™ or Live Blood Analysis can assist you to screen for health limiting processes, such as: Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Reduced Nutritional Status, Poor Liver Function, Reduced Digestive Integrity and Impaired Immune Performance.
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Nutritionist and Wellness Coach