Do you get tired and listless during the middle of the day while traveling and wish you could lie down and take a nap? If so, there are ways to boost your energy levels that will give you the pep needed to enjoy your trip without feeling wiped out.
Choosing the right kinds of food and snacks during the day is one way to boost your energy level; by enriching your blood with vitamins, minerals and protein to keep you moving.
Get enough sleep at night
The importance of sleep is frequently under rated. When you’re tired, your energy level suffers tremendously. Getting enough sleep at night is crucial for boosting and maintaining a good energy level. Adequate sleep keeps your immune system healthy so your body can ward off illnesses.
According to the Mayo Clinic, adults need 7 – 9 hours of sleep at night. Sleep deprivation also causes problems with your metabolism and increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Sip on a CBD-infused Drink
Research on CBD usage shows potential for increasing wakefulness when ingested in low doses. The popularity of this hemp-derived supplement makes it easier to now find in retail drinks, such as B Great Focus and Cloud Water, which are perfect for on-the-go. Coffee shops around the US are also offering CBD-infused coffee and tea drinks to enjoy. You may find it’s the perfect way to boost your energy levels (and a fun way to experience local brews!)
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Increase your vitamin C intake
Adding vitamin C enriched foods to your diet such as fruits, vegetables and fruit juices are a sure way to boost your energy level. Vitamin C also helps your body to heal and keep your cells healthy by helping to prevent cancer. Trying having a glass of orange juice instead of that second or third cup of coffee midday; or choose sliced fruit instead of a sugary snack. Enjoy a smoothie made from several types of fruits, packed with vitamin C which is naturally delicious and will give you that added lift during the day.
Get plenty of exercise
Exercising at least three days a week for thirty minutes, gets your body pumping healthy blood to your vital organs, resulting in increased energy levels. Exercising also releases endorphins in your body, which are natural hormones, that cause you to feel good and energetic. Wake up a little earlier in the morning and take a brisk walk before going to work or use the gym at the office for 30 minutes during your lunch hour.
Take a multi-vitamin supplement everyday
Vitamin deficiencies can cause decreased energy levels. Life is so busy and getting a balanced meal three times a day is a challenge. Invest in a good multi-vitamin supplement which will ensure getting the vitamins your body might be lacking.
Use a Vitamin B-12 sublingual
B-12 deficiency makes you feel tired and weak. Taking a B-12 supplement sublingually, which means under the tongue, will absorb quickly into your blood stream and boost your energy levels.
Make sure to get enough health carbs in your diet. Carbohydrates keep your body energized whey they metabolize into glucose during digestion and act as fuel for your cells. Choose healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains cereals, oats and brown rice. Buy whole wheat or whole grains breads instead of white and choose whole wheat pastas for a change.
Protein composed of amino acids are the building blocks for your cells. When you don’t have enough protein in your system, your body starts to use muscle tissue which results in weakness and decreased energy levels. Choose healthy protein sources such as lean meats, chicken or fish.
Other sources of protein are fish, cheese nuts and legumes. If you are vegetarian, combining certain foods will give all the essential amino acids needed in your body; the combination of rice and beans is an example.