What is Energy?
Energy can be defined as the ability to do work. What gives us this energy is Calories. Calories are a unit of measurement for our nutritional intake.
Basically, calories tell us how much energy (ability to do work), a particular food gives us.
Okay, so now that we have a basic understanding of what energy is and how it relates to us, let’s get into some foods that boost our energy levels.
What Foods Boost Energy?
Other Ways To Boost Energy
There are many ways other than proper nutrition to boost your energy. Below we list six different things you can incorporate into your daily routine to give you that extra boost you’ve been wanting.
#1: Get Enough Sleep!
Getting enough sleep is extremely important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and replenishing your energy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night. There was a great study done that goes further into detail. It can be found here – ARTICLE
#2: Stay Hydrated
Stay hydrated. Dehydration can actually affect your energy causing you to feel more fatigued. The U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine stated that adequate daily intake for men is 15.5 cups of fluids and 11.5 cups of fluid for women. Details can be found here- Study.
Fitness = Longevity
Incorporate a regular fitness program into your routine. The more active you are the more mitochondria production increases, which boosts your energy.
Individuals who incorporate regular fitness into their life typically experience higher levels of confidence, and self-esteem which leads to more social interactions. Social interactions greatly boost our mood and energy.
This ARTICLE on WebMD goes into detail about the study and correlation between regular exercise and improved energy levels.
Stop Drinking Coffee!
Limit your daily caffeine intake. Caffeine binds to adenosine receptors which prohibits adenosine production and causes fatigue.
If you’re like me and well, most people you have your cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Instead of coffee try drinking lemon water either hot or cold, or green tea.
This gives your brain a chance to fully wake up and start processing without any stimulates. Coffee does provide a lot of benefits so you don’t need to eliminate it completely.
Take a Nap!
Try taking power naps. Naps can help to reset your brain and body, reducing sleepiness.
Naps can also improve your mood and brain function, making you more productive throughout the remainder of your day.
The key to naps is you don’t want to sleep for too long nor nap too close to bedtime, as it might affect your ability to sleep at night.
This ARTICLE goes a little further into detail on the subject.
Meditate. Meditation improves brain function and increases blood flow to the brain. Meditation also causes the brain to release endorphins which boost energy.
This ARTICLE done by EOC Institute goes into great detail about the benefits of meditation.