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Let’s Boost Your Daily Energy

By Alma Wellbeing

Regardless of how much sleep you get, when that “after lunch feeling” seems to last from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep. It’s time to reassess what has been depleting your energy storage. Though stress plays a very dominant role at this, but it could be diet, or burnout, or overall lifestyle … while all these are common factors for fatigue, I am sharing a few simple hacks that you can dive into right away that will help you to feel much more active and well-rested throughout your day.

Use Vitamin B Supplement

According to The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, up to 20% of adults may have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Now you can say that it’s impossible because you consume animal products such as meat, dairy, or eggs. However, many people, no matter their age or diet, have “unexplained low vitamin B12 levels,” which researchers attribute to “food cobalamin malabsorption,” meaning the B12 that's naturally present in foods like meat is simply not absorbed. The absorption process from oral ingestion is quite complex. While B vitamins won’t quite give us the stimulating jolt of coffee, they will give a noticeable energy boost because they help convert dietary energy into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), so it’s best to take them in the morning when we’re hydrating.

Stretch, Even For Just 10 Minutes

While it sounds counterintuitive, exercise in general gives us more energy. Stretching is crucial before and after a workout, and yoga is an excellent practice that melds both. Because stretching causes increased blood and nutrient flow throughout the body, not only is it refreshing and invigorating, but we’ll feel the movement in our bodies and our energy levels will be rejuvenated. After all, feeling stiff and creaky isn’t very motivating, but feeling lithe and limber is empowering!

Check out the link below for an amazing 10 minutes full-body stretch

Take A Pause To Breathe

While we are caught up in our day, we don’t often realize that most of our breaths are shallow. Pausing a few times during the day to take some full, mindful, deep cleansing breaths always has a huge impact on your mood, energy levels, and clarity. Notice when things get a little tense for you, take a moment away from your screen or files or that phone and just breathe, breathe deeply all the way down to your spine, relaxing those facial muscles, filling up your chest all the way down to your spine and a slow exhale. A rush of oxygen to the brain can enhance our thinking power.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.

Think about it. When our skin is dry on our face, we look a little sad and tired. When properly moisturized, we look plump and vibrant. Hydration from the inside out is crucial to keep our minds and bodies lubricated and vital. Stay hydrated throughout the day, making it the number 1 priority. Often we get a snack craving not long after eating, but it’s really just our body’s way of asking for a little hydrating input. Drink water and herbal teas, add electrolytes and lemon and eat high-water snacks like watermelon and cucumbers to keep the body functioning optimally.

More Fiber + More Protein Please!

Food is 100% our fuel, and while we think it’s crucial that we enjoy eating, it’s equally important to remember that everything we put in our body has an effect on us. Fiber and protein will make us both full and satiated longer, without feeling heavy or sluggish. Fiber helps to sweep waste from our bodies, keeping us feeling light, while protein feeds our muscles. On the other hand, super carby, starchy foods as well as foods packed with added sugars will cause blood sugar to spike and subsequently plummet, making us feel fatigued, weak, and cranky. When there’s no time for a midday siesta, fueling ourselves right is crucial.

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