Answer: Has your get up and go, gone up and
went? Try these tips to boost your energy and prevent the mid
- Eat breakfast – it sets the tone for the entire
day. Eating breakfast fuels your brain and your muscles to
wake you up and maintain your energy for the morning.
- Don’t eat right before bed – going to bed on a full stomach can
keep you awake and prevent you from getting a good night
sleep. Instead of relaxing, your brain is focusing on
digesting your food. As well, it can exacerbate heartburn and
- Don’t severely restrict calories. You need food/calories
for energy and to function. If you don’t eat enough, your
metabolism will slow down, making you tired.
- Don’t skip meals. Again, if you go long periods without
eating, your metabolism will slow down because it doesn’t have the
calories to keep going at full tilt. You may even benefit
from regular light snacks.
- Eat complex carbohydrates, and skip the candy. Complex
carbohydrates digest very slowly, giving you long lasting
energy. Candy and other simple carbohydrates digest very
quickly, causing you to lose your food energy quickly. Plus,
eating simple carbohydrates contributes to cravings and weight gain
– so bad all around!
- Exercise regularly. You will build up muscle mass, thus
increasing your metabolism, giving you energy all day. So
snap out of it and get moving!
- Ensure you are getting enough iron, magnesium and
B-vitamins. One sign of deficiency in these nutrients is
fatigue. Eat a variety of foods from all 4-food groups and
you should get enough of these nutrients. If you are
concerned, see your doctor for a blood test.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lots of fluids, especially water,
throughout the day.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages and energy drinks. They just mask
the problem and usually make it worse.
If the fatigue continues, visit your doctor, just to rule out
something more serious.
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DISCLAIMER: This information is for entertainment
purposes only. The recommendations may not work for you, and should
not take the place of the recommendations made by your own medical
personnel. We are not responsible for the outcomes of any
recommendations. Do not make any drastic changes to your diet
without the supervision of your doctor/dietitian. For more
information, please see a Registered Dietitian in your area. To
find one, visit dietitians.ca.
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