Are you always tired? Waking up feeling like you need another full night’s sleep? Craving coffee or sugary drinks in the middle of the day? If you answer yes to any of these questions then you’re not eating for energy. With just a few tweaks to your diet you could recharge those batteries for good. And turn into her, look left… (well, you never know!)
According to Natural Highs energy authors Patrick Holford and Dr Hyla Cass, seven in every ten of us complain of the same thing – fatigue.
And they say that if we’re going to keep up with the speeded-up, round the clock society we live and work in, we need new ways to keep feeling energised; and reaching for chocolate bars or fizzy caffeine drinks isn’t helping.
But it’s not just what we put in our bodies that counts, there are other ways to improve our waning energies. Want to start feeling like you’re rested, rejuvenated and relaxed; here are 10 remedies to put a spring in your step.
1. Licorice – also for colds
Not the allsorts! Licorice root is one of the world’s most ancient herbal medicines. It has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 3,000 years and has even been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. It can be used as a rejuvenating tonic and is useful in treating flus, colds, bronchitis and ulcers. Look out for it in health food stores.
2. Aromatherapy – relax and stimulate
You’ve seen the old movies where the damsel falls to her knees and is given smelling salts to bring her round; well it’s time to go back in time as certain oils can increase your energy and alertness. Scent your home or work place with an array or aromas including jasmine, citrus, musk, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang ylang, lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus. Always use good quality pure essential oils.
3. Ginseng – also helps circulation
Known as Indian ginseng – ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub, which is used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat stress. It also speeds up the metabolism, raising body temperature and improving circulation. Try the tea or a tincture; dosage half a teaspoon daily from health food shops.
4. Oats and oat flakes – winter or summer
They are the best cereal of all, better than wheat and corn flakes. In the winter have porridge, summer have oat flakes – but not the sweetened variety. Oatcakes are also great as a snack.
5. Green tea – also cancer protective
It contains important health-giving compounds that are potent antioxidants with cancer-protective and anti-ageing effects. Apart from the other benefits, such as boosting your immune system, it’s a useful natural stimulant because of the caffeine content. It has 20mg to coffee’s 100 mg.
6. Chromium – can also be a fat burner
Chromium is an essential mineral that helps stabilise energy levels and can get you off the blood sugar roller coaster. Studies carried out in the Bemidji State University in Minnesota discovered that chromium supplementation helps to build muscle and burn fat. Best taken in the morning.
7. Co-Enzyme Q – for stamina
This remarkable enzyme is proving to be a major energy and health booster in all kinds of ways, including increasing stamina and improving fitness. In meat, fish, eggs, spinach, broccoli, alfalfa, potatoes, soya beans, soya oil, wheatgerm, rice, bran, nuts and seeds.
8. Carbohydrates – say goodbye to the Atkins
We need to eat them and while many of the popular diets urge you to cut them out; they are the stalwarts of energy. You can’t exist without them, just eat the right kind and not too many all day long.
9. Whole rye bread – slow-releasing energy
Wholegrain bread is more slow-releasing than refined and rye bread is more slow releasing than wheat bread, You can buy 100 per cent whole rye loaves in most supermarkets. Breads such as pumpernickel and volkennbrot are great forms of sustained energy.
10. Apples, pears and berries – power fruits
Apples, pears and berries are great fruit for providing energy. Having said that, all fruit can be classified as high-energy foods. It’s just that these three are especially slow releasing and give you sustained energy. Try blueberries too.