It ALL starts with heavy eyelids. Then your head starts to bob as you nod off at your desk. Your to-do-list never seems to get done, and when that afternoon slump sets in, you begin to feel like something has been slipped into your food.
Whether you’ve pulled an all-nighter to meet a deadline or are simply exhausted from days of jam-packed schedules, or even struggling with a medical condition like chronic fatigue syndrome, there are all-natural ways to put a little pep back in your step. Here are five effective options to get you started.
Add B-complex vitamins to your diet
People who are deficient in B vitamins feel tired, because these micronutrients help your body turn food into energy. B vitamins help in converting food into cellular energy through a process of many different chemical reactions. B vitamins act as co-factors (helpers) in many of these reactions, making sure your muscles, organs and brain are supplied with energy. In addition, being deficient in vitamin B12 can cause a type of anaemia, which reduces oxygen supply to your cells causing extreme fatigue.
Get some more sleep
Many people don’t sleep enough and resort to self-medication during the day to avoid drowsiness, using caffeine and sugary snacks and drinks as energy boosters. This works, but only for a while. It still does not change the fact that the body is being deprived of the essential sleep it needs for renewal and regeneration. Lack of sleep also leads to a reduction in the levels of leptin, a hormone responsible for suppressing appetite. Putting on all-nighters shouldn’t be a habit for you. Having adequate and regular sleep (at least eight hours a night) is a natural energy booster everyone should be using.
Try some Siberian ginseng
Siberian ginseng is a herb that has been used for centuries for its energy boosting and medicinal properties. It is a totally different species to Korean and American or Panax ginseng but has many similar effects such as helping to reduce the negative effects of stress, increasing vitality and physical stamina, and boosting immune function. Siberian ginseng does not have any of the side effects that can sometimes be associated with the long-term use of Panax ginseng.
Fatigue could be a sign that the body is short on fluid as it is one of the first symptoms of dehydration. Keeping your system well hydrated by regularly drinking water is one sure way to help maintain energy and stamina.
Get some Guarana
Guarana is a relatively new herb to the Western world, but for thousands of years the Amazonian Indians have enjoyed a drink made from the seeds as a tonic and a stimulant. Guarana, which is a rich source of caffeine and other phytonutrients, provides an excellent energy boost for anyone feeling physically or mentally run down. It is particularly useful when sustained periods of energy, alertness and concentration are required, such as studying, driving or partying.
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