Print7 Strategies to Boost Your Energy Levels

There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in that midday slump, feeling sluggish, and struggling to stay alert.

Luckily, Isagenix has an Energy Solution designed specifically to help you keep your energy levels up no matter what your day has in store. The next time you find yourself unable to keep your eyes open, here are a few strategies to help you fight fatigue – naturally.

Supplement With Adaptogens Daily

Like worry or fear, stress can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Even low levels of chronic stress can erode energy levels over time, leaving you feeling less motivated to do daily activities (1).

With an onslaught of stressors coming your way each day the need for a defense is evident. Getting a daily dose of adaptogens like those found in Ionix® Supreme and e+™, can help your body more readily mitigate stress to minimize its harmful effects and give you the boost you need (2,3).

Caffeinate Responsibly

This may be the most common coping mechanism for fighting fatigue due to its accessibility and instant affect. While there is nothing inherently wrong with caffeine, the large doses, synthetic ingredients, creamers, and added calories that come with it can be a problem.

Instead of grabbing an energy drink or sweetened coffee, choose an e+ Shot, Isagenix Coffee, or tea. They provide a moderate, effective dose of natural caffeine without any of the junk or added calories.

Choose the Right Snack

If done right, snacking can be an effective tool to keep your blood sugar stable while helping to fend off an energy crash. Studies have shown that when you are low on energy you are more likely to choose a more sugar-, salt-, or fat-laden snack (4).

In these times of need, having a nutritious snack on hand or in mind can help you stay on track, and help you refuel to get through your day. Choose snacks that provide at least a moderate amount of protein, healthy fats, and/or fiber. Whey Thins™ are a nutritious and tasty alternative that will leave you feeling satisfied while providing a steady flow of energy.

Stay Hydrated

Did you know that it is easy to sometimes confuse signals of hunger with thirst? Thirst can masquerade as fatigue and negatively impact your mood (5). Even slight dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic.

Making sure you are properly hydrated is key. Having a naturally sweetened sports drink such as AMPED™ Hydrate on hand can help you keep your hydration and electrolyte levels in check while also providing a little boost of energy through the small amount of easily digestible carbohydrates it supplies.

Go for a Walk

Taking a break to go on a brisk walk can not only curb hunger cravings, but also help you feel more alert. One study showed that in comparison to eating a sugary snack, participants reported feeling more alert up to two hours later after taking a 10-minute walk. After incorporating daily walks for three weeks, participants reported an increase in overall energy levels and mood (6).

Take a Power Nap

Napping may not always possible with a busy lifestyle. But if you have the opportunity, take one! Studies have shown that they are an effective tool to restore brain power. A power nap that is less than 30 minutes during the day promotes wakefulness and learning ability (7, 8). For an even bigger boost in energy, try drinking a cup of coffee before you fall asleep. The caffeine isn’t likely to affect your nap because it’s not absorbed quickly enough, but by the time you wake back up you’ll feel its energizing effects.

Plan Ahead With a Good Sleep

Quality sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Just one poor night’s sleep can wreak havoc on all areas of your life – your waistline, mood, performance, and of course your energy levels the next day. There are many different strategies to enhance your sleep, but supplementing with a melatonin product like Sleep Support and Renewal™ can be one of the most effective. Sleep Support and Renewal can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up without the drowsy feelings that accompany most sleep aides.

With the help of the Isagenix Energy Solution along with a few simple tricks you can finally conquer your midday slump for good.

References

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  4. Al Khatib HK, Harding SV, Darzi J, Pot GK. The effects of partial sleep deprivation on energy balance: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2016 Nov 2. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2016.201.
  5. Masento NA, Golightly M, Field DT, Butler LT, van Reekum CM. Effects of hydration status on cognitive performance and mood. British Journal of Nutrition (2014), 111, 1841–1852 doi:10.1017/S0007114513004455
  6. Thayer RE. Energy, tiredness, and tension effects of a sugar snack versus moderate exercise. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 52(1), Jan 1987, 119-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.52.1.119
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  8. Waterhouse J, Atkinson G, Edwards B & Reilly T. The role of a short post-lunch nap in improving cognitive, motor, and sprint performance in participants with partial sleep deprivation. J Sports Sci. 2007 Dec; 25(14):1557-66