Women's Health (South Africa) - - WELL-BEING -

Dr Libby Weaver Nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, speaker and au­thor of 11 books @ dr­libby

Weaver’s top en­ergy hacks: • Build mus­cle. More of this means more en­ergy-pro­duc­ing mi­to­chon­dria (the power plants in our cells).

• Close open tabs, aka un­re­solved tasks, emails and jobs. We walk around with so many tabs in our brains (like the ones on com­put­ers and phones) – no won­der we feel drained and flat.

• Write a list of what makes you feel en­er­gised and also what saps you (i.e. your “en­ergy vam­pires”). Work on do­ing more of the for­mer and less of the lat­ter.

Drew Har­ris­berg Ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist and di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor who was di­ag­nosed with type 1 at 23 @ drews.daily.dose

Har­ris­berg’s en­ergy hacks: • Do “ex­er­cise snacks” – short, sharp moves be­tween long pe­ri­ods of sit­ting. Go out­side, do 20 squats, step-ups and bench dips, then walk back to your desk. Done.

• In­stead of scrolling through so­cial me­dia in your break, in­vite a col­league for a walk. In­sta­gram can zap you of en­ergy, espe­cially if you fol­low ac­counts that make you feel bad about your­self. On that note, un­fol­low!

• Get early sun­shine with a dose of move­ment. Both are vi­tal for en­sur­ing you main­tain a healthy cir­ca­dian rhythm.

Chloe McLeod Ac­cred­ited prac­tis­ing di­eti­cian and sports di­eti­cian @ chloe_ mcleod_ di­eti­tian

McLeod’s top en­ergy hacks:

• Drink two to three litres of wa­ter to keep you hy­drated.

• Choose low-GI carbs, fresh vegeta­bles (aim for at least half of two of your meals each day to be veg­gies or salad), fruit, lean pro­tein and healthy fats. These pro­vide the nu­tri­tion our bod­ies need to per­form.

• Avoid heavy, high-sat­u­rated-fat meals, which can leave you feel­ing tired and lethar­gic.

Dr Michael Breus Sleep spe­cial­ist who has worked with Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton and Oprah @ dr­michael­breus

Breus’ top en­ergy hacks:

• Con­sis­tent sleep (espe­cially wake-up times, in­clud­ing on week­ends) helps the body func­tion bet­ter.

• Pace caf­feine and avoid it be­fore bed as it af­fects sleep qual­ity.

• Mag­ne­sium sup­ports deep sleep by help­ing main­tain GABA, a sleep-pro­mot­ing neu­ro­trans­mit­ter. Eat dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts or ask your doc about a sup­ple­ment.

Will Shan­non Natur­opath, pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralian Com­ple­men­tary Medicine As­so­ci­a­tion and owner of Pin­na­cle Clinic @thewil­l­shan­non_

Shan­non’s top en­ergy hacks:

• Re­mem­ber where en­ergy comes from: oxy­gen is vi­tal. Di­aphragm breath­ing, espe­cially first thing in the morn­ing, is very im­por­tant.

• Di­ges­tion takes a lot of en­ergy, so go for fresh veg­gie juices, which your body deals with quickly.

• I have a very suc­cess­ful friend who starts the day with steamed broc­coli. My point? Don’t let your­self be tied to cul­tural tra­di­tions such as, say, muesli for break­fast.

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