As I sit here typing this on Sunday evening all I am thinking about is how much I would love to be in bed falling asleep right now! Which makes me think how common this is for others. I often get asked during consultations about how to boost energy levels, and luckily there is many changes we can make in our diet and lifestyle. So here are my 5 top tips on increasing your energy levels.
1. Get your gut in order. Our energy levels are tied to the health of your gastrointestinal tract, so if you’re frequently tired or this is a great place to start. Start by adding probiotic and prebiotic foods to your diet – read more here.
2. Get better sleep. We need a solid 7-8 hours sleep each night as this is when our body regenerates and repairs tissues, along with other restorative processes. Forming better habits such as removing the TV from your room, going to bed at the same time each night, exercising in the morning and keeping the air cool and fresh are a great place to start.
3. Get moving. We should be aiming to move our body everyday, it might be a 15min yoga sequence, a 30min walk or a weights session. The point here is that movement effects your central nervous system to increase energy and reduce fatigue. Its also get your blood pumping and the endorphins going, which are great mood boosters.
4. Get your iron levels checked. Iron is an important component to our energy in our body. Without healthy red blood cells your body can’t get enough oxygen which effectively means your body feels fatigued. Foods that are rich in iron are red meat, leafy greens, tahini, parsley, spirulina,
5. Boost your B vitamins. B vitamins are one of the most important group of nutrients when it comes to energy as they are part of the conversion of food into energy. Foods that are high in B vitamins include wholegrain, nuts, seeds, eggs, meat and leafy greens.
If you would like help with meal ideas and plans , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for your own nutrition consultation either online, in person or over the phone.
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist