Common Bad Habits That are Sucking Your Energy - Sans Pareil

Common Bad Habits That are Sucking Your Energy By Nutrition & Holistic Health Adviser Laura Warren

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A lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do and don’t do can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can take the enjoyment out of day to day life.

Let’s discuss some common bad habits that can contribute to a lack of energy, and look at some easy lifestyle tweaks that will help put some pep back into your step.

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You don’t drink enough water

Did you know that even being slightly dehydrated, even as little as a 2% decrease in normal fluid, takes a big toll on energy levels. We’ve got to remember that we are roughly 60% water.

Let’s look at how dehydration affects our blood in this case. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, which in turn makes blood thicker; this requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs.

Nutrients are our fuel and we know what happens to cars that get low on fuel. An easy way to ensure you are getting enough water is to take your body weight and times it by 30mls. An example is 70kg x 30mls = 2.1L per day. Ideally mineral or filtered water and should be drunk from a glass or stainless steel bottle to ensure you’re avoiding any BPA chemicals.

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You don’t fuel correctly for your body type

Have you ever noticed how your friend’s eating and work out plan works really well for them but for you eating that way leaves you still hungry or feels like it doesn’t sit right?

We are all unique in terms of what works for our body type. Let’s think about this in a broader context. We as humans are incredible. Our bodies can adapt to a range of ways of eating for us to survive. For example the Inuit people who largely survive on animal fats. In fact roughly 80% of their calories come from fat found in their traditional diet. On the other hand if we look at the tribal groups in Africa or Asia the majority of their calories; roughly 80% comes from carbohydrates like rice and sorghum. We all sit along this spectrum but working out what sits well and fuels us effectively can be trial and error.

If the foundation of your diet is wholefood, meaning one ingredient foods like egg, broccoli, banana etc, this is a huge step in the right direction. To get started you could try sitting down to a breakfast of fruit and oatmeal. How did that make you feel? Did you feel satisfied and energized or did you feel heavy, tired and hungry again within the hour? In this case maybe you should try a couple of boiled eggs, ½ an avocado and some wilted spinach. Now how did that go? We must remember that the best diet for us is the one that satisfies us the longest and causes no negative symptoms like bloating or gas.

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You rely on caffeine to get you going in the morning and alcohol to wind you down

Having one coffee per day for most people is no big deal but using caffeine to kick you into gear and keep you going throughout the day can seriously disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, as well as inhibit the absorption of vital nutrients. A cup of coffee increases adrenaline production within the body and that’s why it feels like it gives you energy. However this is usually short lived and you can end up on a roller-coaster of energy highs and lows throughout the day. This will then affect how well you sleep at night. Reducing to one coffee per day and then ideally one or two a week is an easy way to decrease internal stress.

A nightcap may sound like a good way to unwind after a hard day, but the reality is alcohol initially depresses the central nervous system, producing an initial sedative effect but is likely to sabotage sleep maintenance resulting in you being more tired the next day and more likely to reach for caffeine to jump start your day. You could try an alternative like kombucha on a hot summers evening or find a warming herbal tea you love for winter. Your sleep quality will be a lot better!

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A perfectionist attitude and trouble saying no

Being tired all the time can often be linked to emotional and mental stress. Being a people-pleaser often comes at the expense of your own energy and happiness and this can lead to you feeling resentful and angry. Learning to say “No” and creating a list of priorities that you can focus your energy on can open up mental and emotional space making day to day life seem not so draining. Also having priorities that are at the forefront of what you are doing means you tend to enjoy the process of achieving the goals around them, not just going through the motions.

Sometimes you just need to be kind to yourself. If you are doing the best you can in the situation you are in, celebrate this. Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes just getting through a hard day is enough. No one’s perfect and speaking to yourself gently in a difficult situation is a helpful way to help make a step in the right direction.

The reality is that the root cause of tiredness and low energy can be caused by a variety of factors. If you feel you covering the basics of good health, you may need to seek professional help to explore hormonal imbalance, assess iron and B12 levels as well as address lifestyle factors like over exercising or maybe no exercise at all. If you would like further help in this area you are welcome to Contact me through my website Revitalizeme

 

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