Vitality

Signs You Need An Energy Makeover

If you find that your energy levels are not good throughout the day, there could be some underlying reasons that you might need to address. It could either be related to diet, nutrition, sleep, stress or poor lifestyle choices.

Here are some of the main signs that indicate we need to increase our energy levels by identifying a few problematic practices. 

Dysregulated Sleeping Patterns

Try to exercise during the day and not before going to bed since that could increase endorphins and make you feel alive instead. Also, stay away from caffeine or alcohol a few hours before going to bed.  

Electronic devices emit blue light that interferes with the secretion of melatonin, a hormone needed to regulate the natural sleep-wake cycle. Light intercepts its production and darkness boosts melatonin production, so it is important to stay away from technology before going to sleep.  

Iron Deficiency 

Iron deficiency leads to low energy, fatigue, headaches, dizziness and irritability. The reason being that iron inhibits the process of oxygen being transported to the body’s cells for energy. Haemoglobin formation is dependent on iron to deliver oxygen to the cells from lungs. Taking an iron supplement that does not cause any stomach problem could help increase the level of iron in the blood and consequently increase energy levels. 

Vitamin B and B12 Deficiency

If you find that you are always stressed out, then you might have low B vitamins. This vitamin is important to convert our nutrients into energy since they provide support to the adrenal glands that produce stress hormones. Since B vitamins are water soluble, they are easily drained out and have to be recharged everyday. A vitamin B complex supplement can do the job and is necessary for people leading a stressful lifestyle.  

Similarly, if you have dizziness, low energy, palpitations and shortness of breath, you could also be deficient in vitamin B12. It is an essential vitamin that is needed to produce energy too. A vitamin B12 supplement could be opted for that does not need to be digested and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.  

Chronic Stress

If cortisol levels are high before going to bed, then it becomes difficult to fall asleep. Sleep deprivation leads to an increase in cortisol levels, contributing to fatigue. Insomnia causes cortisol levels to escalate and stay high for 24 hours, which interferes in the hormone patterns.  

The functioning of the adrenal gland needs to be restored by following a balanced diet. Foods high in vitamins B, C, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids can help support this, but stay away from sugar, processed food and alcohol. 

Insufficient Consumption of Protein

A low protein meal loaded with carbohydrates can make a person feel tired, hungry and irritable after it is consumed. Low-protein and high-carb meals at lunchtime are not recommended since the food causes a dip in blood sugar levels. In response, the adrenal glands start secreting the adrenaline hormone to increase blood sugar levels, which in turn makes us feel more dizzy. 

tired office worker Workers don't get enough sleep, according to a new survey, which says alcohol, environmental factors, caffeine intake, and stress are all possible causes of poor sleep quality. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

 

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