Eating for Energy
Contributors to lack of energy:
1. Dehydration. Get enough water by drinking a full glass at every meal, and one every time you go to the bathroom.
2. Anemia. Too much is as bad as not enough. See your doctor to determine whether you have anemia and how to treat it.
3. Skipping breakfast. Skipping meals lowers your metabolism.
4. Eating a large lunch. Large meals force your body to use precious energy stores for the huge task of digestion. Eat smaller, more frequent meals to keep your energy level consistent.
5. Poor meal composition. A good mix of complex carbs, protein and fat ensures slower digestion with an even distribution of blood sugar levels and a constant supply of energy.
6. Severe caloric restriction. Dropping below the calorie level that your body needs to maintain energy stores will result in fatigue. A good rule of thumb is to maintain 10 times your body weight in calories.
7. Caffeine dependence. Caffeine works to inject adrenaline into your system to give you a boost, and works on neurotransmitters in the brain that act as pleasure centers. By consuming caffeine throughout the day, you keep your body in a state of emergency. Most experts recommend limiting caffeine consumption to two drinks a day.
With summertime in full swing, the days are longer and we need all the energy we can get. Hopefully this article will give you some more energy.