If your ‘get-up-and-go’ got up and went, here are 12 natural ways to get more energy and put the spring back in your step.
Ironically, if you’re stocking up on stimulants like caffeine, sugar and nicotine to keep you going, they’ll only sap you of energy in the long run.
1. Tuck into turkey
Turkey is not only low in fat and high in protein, but packed with mood-boosting tryptophan and B vitamins, which help your body convert food into energy. Pick n Pay sells a variety of free-range turkey products all-year round. Try the turkey breast roll — it’s yummy!
2. …then go for a walk
A brisk 10-minute walk will leave you feeling more relaxed and energetic. Body chemicals adrenalin, serotonin and dopamine released during exercise give a natural boost.
3. Eat grapes
Grapes are rich in magnesium — essential for energy production.
4. Fill your home with mood-boosting smells
Aromatherapy is a great energiser. Scents of patchouli, citrus, chocolate and ylang-ylang can boost mood and energy levels. Our sense of smell is linked more closely to the brain’s emotional centres than vision or hearing.
5. Sleep with your curtains open
Making sure you get enough sleep is essential to having more energy. The best time to rise and shine is when it starts to get light naturally, say experts. This stimulates energising hormones like serotonin, cortisol and adrenalin, and inhibits sleep-inducing melatonin, so you’ll feel more awake than you would fumbling in the dark for your ringing alarm clock.
6. Swap juice for water
Studies show we don’t drink enough water — even a 2% drop in hydration can reduce energy levels by 20%. Aim for 8 big glasses a day.
7. Use a roll-on
Just rubbing SOil’s Ready to Roll Revive organic aromatherapy roll-on across your pulse points revives flagging energy. The combination of geranium, grapefruit, rosemary and basil is great for physical and mental energy. Visit soil.co.za to browse the range.
8. Sing along to your favourite CD
Loud music is an effective tool for relieving stress and fighting fatigue, according to Athletic Insight, the American online journal of sports psychology.
9. Press your upper lip
There’s an acupressure point in the groove just below the nose, say alternative therapists. And pressing it helps to restore mental alertness and concentration.
10. Take a supplement
Co-enzyme Q10, referred to as ‘the energiser’, can beat fatigue when taken daily, say experts.
11. Breathe deeply
Taking deep breaths sharpens your general awareness by supplying the brain with fresh oxygen. It also relieves tension, calms your nerves and lowers your heart rate. Plus it’s also an effective stress reliever.
12. Get hot and cold
Alternating the temperature of your shower between hot and cold will speed up your metabolism and boost circulation, helping to eliminate sluggishness.