7 ways to give your energy levels a pick-me-up


Have you ever met a busy, successful person who brims with energy and positivity? It’s a fabulous experience isn’t it? And that energy rubs off on the people they meet. What a great way to live! To find the right life balance we need to embrace feeling great and being healthy. 

 

Our days often seem so full of to do lists and this busyness can wear us down but with a few small changes, we can boost our energy levels and live each day with vitality and purpose. 
First, we need to rule out some of the nasties that cause exhaustion - chronic fatigue, myalgic encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigue are auto-immune conditions that can be tested for and managed by your doctor. Excluding these, let's look at ways to boost your energy levels:



Drink regular sips of water to stay hydrated.



Get some regular activity doing something you enjoy three times a week. Exercise releases endorphins to energise you and help you feel great.



Sleep well - sleep is vital for our health, energy levels and ability to perform, restoring our body mentally and physically.



Enjoy a diet with a good blend of complex carbohydrates and proteins to help level out blood sugars, releasing small amounts of sugars into the blood over time.



Food intolerances commonly lead to gut upsets, headaches, fatigue and many other symptoms. Gluten, diary, eggs, soy, yeast and tomatoes are responsible for 80% of food intolerances but because of the range of symptoms caused, it can be difficult to identify the culprits. You can keep a food and symptom diary to record what you are eating and drinking, the time of day and the symptom. Identifying and then trialling eliminating the food from your diet for a time may improve symptoms. 



If you suspect that you may be deficient in key nutrients, ask your doctor for a blood test to check levels. Have a look at the results yourself too and check for areas that are running low. Correcting low levels, particularly of iron, vitamin B and magnesium can help boost energy levels.
After you have corrected any nutrient deficiencies, if you still feel fatigued, supplements can be useful for a boost. Try a vitamin B complex which deplete in times of stress and busyness. We have seen some amazing results with MitoQ as a source of CoEnzyme Q10. CoQ10 occurs naturally in the body and is essential for energy production. Unfortunately from our mid-twenties the production slows down and this is further reduced by cholesterol medicines. Supplementing with a good, well absorbed form can be a great pick-me-up.



Medicines can all have benefits and side effects and some may cause fatigue or nutrient deficiencies which can, in turn, lead to low energy levels. Ask our Pharmacists to check your medicines’ side effects to see if they are contributing to feeling sluggish.

Here’s to healthy, happy days full of vitality!


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