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How many times has this happened…you are sitting at your desk in front of your computer and the clock says 2 or 3 PM, and you find yourself struggling to concentrate and stay alert? At this moment, a nap sounds like the best thing in the world!
Here are 3 things you can do to get through the day without a lag in energy:
- Choose lunch wisely. The decline in energy we feel at 3 PM may be due to a blood sugar drop that happens after a surge of glucose (from carbohydrates) from a large lunch. You might even have a condition called reactive hypoglycemia, where there is excessive insulin from eating, then a resulting low blood sugar state. This can easily be remedied by an adjustment in food choices. First eat a smaller lunch, and be sure it contains some protein, which will moderate blood sugar levels. Then plan to have a small snack before you typically feel the slump, in order to steady glucose levels. The perfect snack would have some protein in it, such as a handful of nuts, a protein bar, or a boiled egg. Just be sure you are cutting back on your lunch portion so you don’t end up consuming more calories than your body needs and gain weight.
- Moderate your coffee/ caffeine intake. It’s tempting to reach for a cup of coffee when that afternoon slump hits, but you really are doing a disservice. Not only will you and up losing sleep that night, but excess caffeine causes a big spike in energy and then a big drop afterwards making you more tired (unless you continue drinking it). A better choice would be organic green tea. It gives a more sustained boost in energy, and it offers beneficial side effects such as thermogenic properties, which enhances fat burning, and polyphenols, which have potent antioxidant effects and other health benefits.
- Try boosting energy with supplements. To help support blood sugar levels throughout the day, take a cinnamon extract twice a day. Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that supports the adrenal glands and counters exhausting effects of stress. Lastly, vitamin B12 can help boost energy, as it is a co-factor for ATP production which is the fuel for our cells.
If you struggle with your energy level in the afternoon, be sure to try these 3 simple tips!
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