7 Natural ways to increase your energy levels

7 Natural ways to increase your energy levels

Do you usually feel tired or drained? Here are 7 ways to change your lifestyle and boost your energy levels in a natural way.

Apart from sleeping well –paramount for your body functioning–, and trying to live a less stressful life, there are healthy natural ways you can be more energetic and perform better in your daily activities.

1. Exercise

1. Exercise

Yes, regular exercise is important if you want to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and though it might seem counterintuitive if you are feeling tired, moving more makes your energy levels boost. Sedentary people tend to suffer from unexplained fatigue and tiredness more often than those who actually work out. A 10-minute walk will do.

2. Do not smoke

There are several reasons for you to avoid smoking, it is extremely harmful and increases the risk of numerous health conditions. The toxins in cigarettes also reduce the efficiency of your lungs and reduce the amount of oxygen transported to your body –this will make you feel tired.

3. Cut down on alcohol

3. Cut down on alcohol

Alcohol acts as a sedative and makes you feel tired. Regularly drinking before going to bed interferes with your sleep and makes you feel even more tired. It is also a diuretic, meaning that you will have to get up more times to go to the bathroom at night and disturb your sleep.

4. Reconsider your diet

if feeling sluggish is the norm for you, it could be a good idea to revise your eating habits. Food is the fuel for your body, and a nutritious diet will provide the nutrients you need to function well. Avoid restrictive diets that lack sufficient calories and nutrients that could affect your energy levels in a negative way and make sure not to skip meals.

5. Do without added sugar

Sugar gives you a sugar spike that wears off quite rapidly because your body releases large amounts of insulin to bring your blood sugar levels down. The rise and fall in sugar levels cause a rush of energy flowed by a slump. It is better to eat food that will release energy more slowly into the bloodstream, fiber-rich foods such as whole grains and vegetables.

6. Drink enough water

6. Drink enough water

Our body is made of up to 75% water. We lose water via urine and sweat, if you want to be energetic, you have to compensate for this loss. Dehydration affects your brain function, mood and energy.

7. Stay connected

Social connections are paramount for a healthy life. Those areas where there are unusually low rates of disease and a high number of people who live over 100 years old tend to have in common the fact that they have a strong social support community. Social isolation causes low mood and tiredness.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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