Here’s a problem that affects many people … lack of energy!
Before the pandemic, the number of people who said they often felt tired was around 43% … and during the pandemic that number shot up to 60% (http://www.studyfinds.org/americans-sleep-coronavirus-more-tired-than-ever/).
Did you know that many everyday habits (or avoiding good habits) can actually leave you feeling tired and depleted?
So what are some things you can do to cut out what drains on your energy? Read on!
10 Things Draining Your Energy
1. Not getting enough exercise. Not moving your body can make you want to move your body even LESS! Making time for exercise can get your blood pumping, improve your endurance, and boost your energy.
2. Eating processed and refined carbs. These might give you a quick shot of energy thanks to the blood sugar rush … but when your body sends out insulin to remove the sugar, it can make your blood sugar level plummet – leaving you tired and drained.
3. Not getting enough quality sleep. Your body needs sleep to fully recover and recharge. It’s in the rest and sleep that you get stronger!
4. Food sensitivities. One side effect of eating foods that your body is sensitive to includes fatigue. If you think that you might have sensitivities, it’s worth checking with your doctor. Common culprits include gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
5. Eating too LITTLE. Not getting enough fuel (i.e., food) can leave you feeling tired – and so can eating a poor-quality diet void of wholesome ingredients and nutrients.
6. Not getting enough protein. Studies show that eating protein boosts your metabolism, and scientists believe this may help prevent fatigue.
7. Drinking too little water. Studies show that being even a little dehydrated can make it harder to stay focused and leave you feeling drained.
8. Energy drinks (including coffee). Like refined carbs, these increase your energy before crashing it back down. Not only that, caffeine can take up to 8 hours to clear your system, making it harder to get a good night of sleep, especially if you drink coffee late in the day. This adds to the energy drain.
9. Stress. Feeling constantly stressed can definitely deflate your energy, both mentally and emotionally. Just another reason it’s important to have (and follow!) a plan for managing stress.
10. Being in a negative environment. It’s possible to “catch” the moods of the people around you, but being aware of it can help lower your susceptibility, as can finding things that make you feel positive!
Bottom line … move your body … eat healthy whole foods … drink your water … and surround yourself with a positive environment … and your energy should quickly return! If it doesn’t, it’s worth mentioning to your doctor to see if you have an underlying issue.
Until next time!
Yours in health and wellness,
Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)
Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™
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DISCLAIMER: Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any symptoms. I am not a doctor. This post and anything else you find on my website is intended for informational, educational and self-empowerment purposes ONLY and is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition or disease.