How to combat tiredness and keep your energy levels up
You won’t be surprised to hear that our energy levels tend to peak and slump throughout the day. With many people working busy jobs where their focus needs to be razor sharp, how do you ensure you’re firing on all cylinders from 9am – 5pm instead of feeling tired all the time?
You are what you eat
Nutrition plays a huge role in how alert you feel throughout the day. To banish tiredness, it is important to eat a healthy balanced diet by munching on the correct proportions of each food group, including fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, dairy and protein. Eating sugary foods can often give you a rush of energy but it is short lived, often making you feel more tired. It is also important to make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day – something a lot of people tend to forget.
Eat more plants
Iron helps people feel energised and getting nutrients from vegetables is a super healthy way to maintain your iron stores. The produce we grow at our site in West Yorkshire - salad cress, pea shoots and mixed beans have excellent health benefits. Our mixed beans are naturally high in dietary fibre, protein, phosphorous and iron, whereas salad cress and pea shoots are rich in vitamin C and folic acid. Eating foods rich in vitamin C with ingredients packed full of iron can also help to boost iron absorption. Pea shoots and mixed bean salad anyone?
Don’t skip breakfast
Key to breaking the overnight fasting period, breakfast replenishes your body’s glucose supply and provides essential nutrients to keep your energy up throughout the day. If you struggle to eat early on a morning, why not make an energising smoothie to take to work, we love our Beetroot and Salad Cress Smoothie by our managing director, Jan.
Exercise is the perfect remedy to boost your energy levels and your mood. If you’re feeling sluggish and sleepy, lace up your trainers and get outside or down to the gym. Any exercise that elevates your heart rate gets more blood flowing around your body as well as releasing endorphins. If you stick with it, you will soon know the meaning of the ‘runner’s high’!
There is a huge misconception that eating healthily can be boring. This is not true. Eating well to nourish your body is a form of self-care, and we’re here to help you on that journey. Check out our recipes section for a selection of super easy, tremendously tasty and brilliantly quick recipes you can prepare in no time. Remember, if you give one a try, don’t forget to tag us in your posts on Instagram at @b_sowhealthy. Enjoy!