Dietary modifications are a dependable way to combat fatigue and low energy, especially as we age.
The link between nutrition and energy
Everyone is familiar with the all-out energy drain of fatigue, or the more serious chronic fatigue syndrome, which includes aching muscles and that all-over tired feeling. Artificial stimulants such as caffeine offer temporary relief but usually lead to an energy crash after the initial effects wear off. Dietary modifications are a more natural, helpful and dependable way to combat fatigue and low energy. Follow this five-step plan for greater energy:
Consume all essential nutrients. This is especially true with magnesium. This mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. When magnesium levels are even a little low, our energy can drop and fatigue sets in.
Don't skip breakfast. This is a good time to get the essential nutrients you need. People who eat breakfast report being in a better mood and have more energy throughout the day.
Drink more water. Dehydration can lead to feelings of fatigue and tiredness.
Control blood sugar. Avoid processed carbohydrate-containing foods, especially foods with added sugar — they produce rapid rises and subsequent falls in blood sugar levels, which lead to fatigue and low energy.
Snack wisely. Smart snacking can keep energy levels high and help avoid chronic fatigue. Reach for snacks that include protein, a little fat and some fiber.