3 AnswersJulie Upton, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredMost sedentary people lack energy. Make sure you have daily physical activity. Setting a goal of 45 minutes to an hour of exercise most days a week can help with all-day energy.
People who skip meals often lack energy. People whose meals aren’t balanced -- maybe too high in carbohydrates and snack-type foods -- don’t have long-lasting energy. Always have protein and fiber with your meals and snacks because they slow down the rate of digestion, keeping you fuller longer and keeping energy levels higher or more stable than if you eat junk food. Foods like sodas, candies, and sweets are full of sugar, which is 100% energy but is really short-lived.
I suggest breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a midmorning and midafternoon snack. A normalized eating pattern is best for maintaining healthy weight and energy levels. Try to eat every three hours, and don’t eat at all after dinner. There’s no reason to fuel up to go to bed.
2 AnswersFrances Largeman-Roth, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredThere are other means besides caffeine to feel energized. Here’s a short list:
- Take a walk. A brisk, ten-minute walk outside can give you perkiness and can help clear the cobwebs.
- Do some energizing stretches. Reach your arms out to your sides and up over your head while you breathe in deeply. Exhale as you slowly lower your arms. Deep inhalations through your nose, followed by slow exhalations out through your mouth, can help you feel more alert.
- Hydrate. Drink a glass of sparkling water with a spritz of lemon juice. Dehydration can also make you feel tired.
- Take a sniff. Naturopathic medicine and aromatherapy practitioners tout that scents can alter your mood. It may not work for you, but it’s worth a try. According to aromatherapy principles, a whiff of a citrus fruit or fresh mint can help you feel more alert, so make sure to inhale the next time you peel an orange, and try adding some fresh mint to your salad or a pitcher of water.
- Eat a piece of fruit. The natural fruit sugars in fruits like bananas and apples can help lift energy levels.
- Grab a handful of walnuts. They won’t give you a jolt of energy, but walnuts contain biotin, which helps you metabolize energy from the food you eat.
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1 AnswerAging is the primary reason why your body feels depleted of energy. Add to that the boatload of daily tasks most of us face -- work, household chores, childrearing -- and it’s no wonder you’re tuckered out. The supplement astragalus can help keep you going. This root, used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, contains a special chemical that research has shown may actually help slow the aging process. This chemical activates the enzyme telomerase, which works on a cellular level to protect DNA from breaking down, thus warding off exhaustion and a host of other age-related symptoms and diseases.
Take 200 mg of astragalus twice a day -- in the morning and at night. You’ll start to feel the difference right away.
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1 AnswerMental Fitness, Inc. answeredTiming of our meals can help boost our energy throughout the day. About 3 to 4 hours after a meal or snack our blood sugar levels will begin to decline. Failing blood sugars make us feel tired, lose our concentration, feel hungry and become very irritable. Eating a well-balanced breakfast in that first hour we are up every morning and then including a meal or snack every few hours thereafter will provide a continuous flow of nutrients into our cells for energy.
1 AnswerOne surefire way to fight your fatigue is to ban the snooze button. You've decided what time you are going to get up every day -- and that does not mean 15 minutes early and snoozing until it's time to get out of bed.
Ditch the caffeine and find alternative ways to boost your energy, like aromatherapy, exercise, and spicy foods. Aromatherapy can wake up certain parts of the brain, and by inhaling some fresh lemon you can give yourself a lemon lift without spending $5 at Starbucks.
Another tip is to counteract the energy drain caused by a heavy lunch with a preemptive multivitamin. Vitamins C and E open arteries and increase circulation; heavy meals laden with fat constrict arteries and make you sleepier.
Boost your energy by taking D-ribose, or ribose, daily. Some research has found that natural D-ribose supplements can significantly improve energy. It's available in pill or powder form and is an essential energy source for your cells.
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1 AnswerRealAge answered
Who wouldn't want to feel more energized and have a smile on their face all day? But short of popping some "happy pills," it seems there's no easy way -- until now. Enter yoga.
Yep, some simple yoga-style stretches and poses could do the trick. People who did them for five weeks reported a lift in their moods and more spring in their steps.
A type of yoga that focuses on mood-boosting poses seemed to be particularly helpful in raising spirits in a recent study. In fact, people's moods not only generally improved about halfway through five weeks of doing Iyengar yoga, but posers also felt a bit better after class, too. Talk about instant gratification.
2 AnswersMental Fitness, Inc. answeredII doesn't take much sleep loss to produce a lack of energy. Studies show for as little as half an hour of sleep missed you are less alert the next day. Most people need 7 to 8 hours of sleep or more per day to feel at their best. Getting yourself into bed an hour earlier could really make a difference in how fast you get yourself out of that bed in the morning.
When you're low on energy and craving a fast morning pick-me-up, there's no need for a donut. For fewer than 200 calories, you can whip up a sweet and healthy treat that will taste delicious and get you going. In this video, Dr. Oz shows you how.