When starting our working day it is usual to feel strong and refreshed, but then after lunch you start feeling sleepy and tired. That’s why many turn to coffee and/or sugar for an energy boost.
Why do you feel like that? this happens because your body is not producing energy efficiently. There are two ways the human body injects energy to the cells: by burning fat and by burning blood sugar. Most of us have trained our bodies to produce energy through sugar-burning, therefore the fat burning system becomes inefficient. This leads to weight gain and often to diabetes.
Why does it affect to your energy levels? When you rely on the sugar burning system to produce energy your body needs insulin. Insulin is the hormone that takes sugar from the blood to our cells, the cells then produce energy. But blood sugar is limited, and when its level drops we experience fatigue, sleepiness and tiredness.
To prevent this follow these tips
Remove processed carbohydrates and add in healthy fats. Instead of that white bread toast as a mid-morning snack, have some nuts. They are loaded with good fats and other nutrients. Have a salad at lunch instead of crisps. Use olive oil and vinegar for dressing and add an avocado to the salad. Make sure you get enough protein.
Consider getting up from your desk and moving during the day or afternoon. This is often a good way to reset and refresh. Also regular exercise will help regulate insulin levels.
Drink more water
Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue. How will you know if you are dehydrated? Just listen to your body. If you have other symptoms like headaches, dizziness, constipation, or dry mouth there’s a good chance you’re dehydrated. To re-hydrate do not drink sports drinks. They are loaded with sugar and are only appropriate for vigorous exercise. Aim for not less than 2 litres of water a day depending on your body weight and level of activity.
Along with being tired, not getting enough sleep will make you crave sugary, processed food. As has been discussed, this is ultimately the cause of the afternoon slump. Try to get to bed at a reasonable hour, and at the same hour, each night.
Have a mid-afternoon snack
Having a snack in the afternoon can be a great way to prevent your blood sugar from falling. The key here is to make it a healthy snack. A quick, sugar-filled one will make you fatigued again quickly.
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