The warmer weather might be on the way but summer can still bring with it dwindling energy levels.
To help keep you feeling energised, international sprinter, Sam Millers, discusses healthy ways to sustain your energy levels. He suggested:
- Sleep – a good night’s sleep lays the foundations for an energy-filled day. Seven to nine hours of sleep per night is recommended for adults and I’d suggest sticking to a sleep schedule to help your body establish a sleep/wake cycle. The soothing fragrance of lavender has been known to help you relax and drift off to sleep, which is why it’s the essential oil of choice for BetterYou Magnesium Sleep Lotion.
- Water – upon waking, your body needs water, as dehydrated cells do not function at their best and this can leave you feeling groggy. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep you feeling alert and energised.
- Sunlight – after I wake up, I like to open the blinds and let some sunlight in. The sun is essential for vitamin D production and it lets your body know that it is the morning. Relying on sunlight for vitamin D can be difficult, especially in the winter months, and a deficiency can leave you feeling tired and low in energy. A top tip is to supplement with vitamin D, especially throughout the autumn and winter, which will help to elevate your energy levels and leave you feeling more refreshed.
- In order to keep the ‘fire’ burning, it needs consistent fuel and meals containing slow releasing carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein, but a lot of people underestimate the importance of vitamins and minerals when it comes to energy metabolism. Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in many metabolic reactions and is needed by the body for healthy red blood cell formation, while iron is essential for haemoglobin production. Haemoglobin is found in our red blood cells and it helps to carry oxygen around the body.