If you want to get more done in a day, the best way to make that happen is to have more energy all day long.
These top 5 tips will insure you don’t run out of steam during the day. You will be amazed at how much more you can get done in a day when you have the energy.
#1 Stay Hydrated!
I can’t stress this enough. Most people do not drink enough water in a day. Notice I said water and not soda pop, coffee or tea. Every animal on the planet drinks water and so should you. Your body is mostly water and all of your cells need fresh water to bring in nourishment as well as to carry away wastes.
Symptoms of being dehydrated: headaches, low energy, dry skin, dry or sticky mouth, poor sleep, thirst, constipation, dizziness or feeling lightheaded. (The list goes on and on) Read More
According to Your Body’s Many Cries for Water (which I have read and referenced more than once) the formula for how much water you actually need it to take your body weight in lbs and divide by 2 and consume that much water divided up through the day. So if you weighed 200lbs, you would need 100 ounces of water a day. This may sound like a lot, but it is easily consumed when you use a 20 once water bottle and drink it at 5 different times spaced throughout the day.
When you begin doing this make sure you get the minerals you need, which brings me to number 2:
#2 MINERALS and Electrolytes
You need minerals, Electrolytes and salt to survive. I’m not talking about table salt either; I am talking about real natural salt from the ocean which has up to 86 minerals in it. Table salt has had all its minerals removed and only sodium left which is then combined with Iodine.
Sometime in the future I will do a write up on all the benefits of salt and minerals, but suffice to say that the water cure mentioned above says that for every 32 oz of water, you consume 1/4tsp of natural salt. So a 16oz glass of water would only need 1/8th tsp of salt.
Try your best to stay away from table salt and processed food as this salt is said to cause health problems.
Here is the EXACT salt that I just ordered from Amazon and had delivered yesterday: My Favorite Salt
Along with water intake, this salt will replenish your body with minerals that would be washed away from the water intake. You will flush out toxins and feel incredible.
#3 Include a Healthy Protein with EVERY Meal!
Be sure you include a healthy protein with every meal and snack you eat; otherwise you may find your energy crashing after a sugar spike comes crashing back down. When you include a healthy protein source, it takes longer to digest and keeps your blood sugar more even between meals and prevents that after lunch or after breakfast energy crash.
A good way to sabotage your energy is to start you day off with a high carbohydrate cereal for breakfast with no source of protein.
Here are some healthy proteins you are sure to enjoy: Meats, Poultry, Eggs, Fish (wild caught), raw nuts and nut butters.
A great example for a snack is to have a few nuts along with some fruit. Eggs are great for breakfast and if you are short on time in the mornings, then hard boil some eggs the night before.
#4 Stop Stimulants
Energy drinks and even coffee tend to send your energy crashing later in the day. After a while your body builds up a resistance to the effects of caffeine and people tend to slowly increase their intake or combine energy drinks all in order to get that extra boost in the morning. Next thing you know you can’t even handle a day without caffeine. In fact, it is common for people to become addicted to caffeine and require it daily just to avoid getting a headache or nausea.
On top of all this, caffeine is a diuretic and it dehydrates your body (see Tip #1) which means you will need even more water just to feel good.
If you are addicted to caffeine I certainly don’t advocate stopping cold turkey as you and everyone around you will become quite miserable. Instead try following these other tips and slowly lower your intake and soon you’ll feel far more energized.
This is the hardest one for most people, but daily exercise will really boost your energy throughout the day. You will more than make up for the time you spent exercising by having energy when you come home from work and late into the evening. Here are a few of the scientifically proven health benefits of exercise:
Longevity (You will live longer)
Better Weight Control (shed fat)
Lowers Blood Pressure
Prevents and controls Diabetes
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Better Antidepressant than pills (with much healthier side effects)
Improved Muscle Strength and Tone
Improved Bone Strength
Improved Mental Function
Sleep Better At Night
Exercise does NOT have to mean pushing your body to the limit in a sweaty gym. The best form of exercise, especially if you have been sitting on your bottom for many years, is to go outside and start walking. 30 minutes of walking a day will greatly improve your life.
Hope you enjoyed my TOP 5 Tips to stay energized all day.
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– John Derrick