If you usually find yourself being tired and unable to keep your energy up during the course of the day in the office or at school, you’re probably suffering from some form of fatigue. With the fast lifestyle of today, it’s not really much of a surprise that a lot of people really find it hard to stay awake after a hearty lunch. Aside from making sure that you have a good amount of sleep at night (around 6-8 hours for adults) and an active lifestyle that consists of regular exercise, it is important that you eat right.
There is truth to the saying that “you are what you eat”. Not all food is created equal. Certain foods will allow you to have energy while some might be able to give you some energy for a few minutes by lull you to a really bad slumber a few hours later. Here’s how you can boost your energy by eating the right things:
- Always follow the food pyramid and eat a balanced diet. You will feel rejuvenated and energized if you eat the necessary servings of fruits and green leafy vegetables (about six per week) as well as protein (meat, soy beans and other legumes). These food contain the building blocks needed to create efficient fuel for the body.
- Drink water. It may seem like a no brainer but dehydration can easily make you feel tired and sick. The best way to make sure that you’re not being dehydrated is to drink even before you get thirsty. Not all water losses in the body are easily seen – most of the losses aren’t reflected by the urine output or the amount of perspiration. If you pass yellow or orange urine, that would be a good time to drink a couple of glasses of water. Your body is telling you something when that happens.
- Make sure that your diet gives you the full recommended daily allowance. You can cover for some shortcomings by taking a multivitamin that could take care of all of these requirements. There are a lot of variants in the market to choose from but they essentially do the same thing. Make sure though that you still eat a balanced diet. Having a supplement doesn’t give you the license to eat in an unhealthy manner.
- Do not eat simple sugars such as those found in candy and soda. While the simple sugars in these products may give you instant energy, your body would eventually react to this spike in glucose and cause you to feel sleepy not long after you ingest it. When feeling tired and woozy, try eating an apple or banana instead.
Remember that the body acclimatizes to a new diet so don’t expect dramatic results. You should, however, feel the improvements gradually and when you do, you would be really able to tell for yourself that you’re doing things right.