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February 22, 2012
Top 5 Ways To Increase Your Energy Instantly

Every day, millions are complaining of lethargic bodies. Most of us chalk it up to having too much to do and not enough time to do it in, but this isn't entirely true. The real culprits are often our everyday habits: what we eat, how we sleep, and how we cope emotionally.

1. Ditch the Sugar
That means, energy drinks, soda pop, high carb fruit juices and even tea and coffee if you add sugar. Fighting low energy levels with sugar is the worst way out. Sweets will turn a sluggish you into a jumping jack, but it will also get you back to square one in no time. The sudden surge in energy levels will be followed by a crash later. Continue with the zip-zap routine and you push yourself in a hopeless vicious cycle. It's advisable to keep your energy levels constant through the day.

2. Drink Water
A dehydrated body means the cells need more energy to flush out toxins and absorb nutrients. Collectively, it leads to a lot of energy waste. Do not wait till you start feeling thirsty as it indicates that you are already dehydrated. Keep a sipper at hand and munch on fruits high on water such as watermelon and oranges.

3. Sleep First
Lack of sleep directly translates to low energy levels. And the quality of sleep is as important as the quantity. So switch those lights off and get some rest.

4. Have Breakfast... even if you don't feel hungry. You'll be a lot perkier: Studies show that people who eat breakfast feel better both mentally and physically than those who skip their morning meal. British researchers at Cardiff University even found that spooning up a bowl of breakfast cereal every morning is associated with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

5. Eat every three to four hours. This one is big. Having three smallish meals and two snacks throughout the day can keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable all day long, says Roberta Anding, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Note the word "smallish." Supersized meals demand more of your energy to digest, which can leave you feeling lethargic. At each mini-meal, get a mix of carbohydrates (which the body uses for energy), protein (which helps sustain energy if needed), and healthy fats like those found in fish, nuts, and olives -- these fats and protein contribute to meal satisfaction, so you don't go hunting for sweets an hour later and wind up with a short-lived sugar high and subsequent crash. A few meal ideas: a low-fat yogurt parfait with berries and a couple of tablespoons of whole-grain granola; salmon over mixed greens with whole-grain crackers; and beef tenderloin with a baked sweet potato and asparagus.

Run a check
If your problem is medical, following the above mentioned points will be of no consequence. If you feel exhausted even after a good night's sleep, it's time you consult your doctor for a complete check. Problems such as thyroid and anemia are known to send your energy levels for a nosedive.


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