REBOOT YOUR BODY AND BRAIN OUT OF JANUARY FLU
It is not widely known that a lack of vitamin D is associated with tiredness and exhaustion but other nutrients involved in preventing tiredness include B vitamins, vitamin C, iron and magnesium. You should always try to get these from your diet but if you are running on empty a multivitamin and mineral plus extra vitamin D is a good idea'.
One significant energy drainer that is not always immediately obvious is dehydration.
As Nutritionist Fiona Hunter says, “Most of us don't drink enough during the day and even mild dehydration can cause us to become lethargic. A study from Tufts University in the US shows that even a loss of 1-2 per cent water is associated with fatigue.”
It is worth pointing out this this level of dehydration is unlikely to register as our ability to feel thirst becomes diminished as we age — so keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day by drinking every couple of hours — ideally water and non-caffeinated herbal teas — and choose food with a high water content like fruit and vegetables.
Ideally, try to stick to no more than two to four cups a day.
To help you through Dry January, plus keep you hydrated whilst potentially improving your powers of recall try drinking water with added rosemary essential oil.
Why is mid-afternoon the time the nation goes into a collection energy slump? Hunter suggests it is an evolutionary throwback.
Given most of us can't take a nap at our desks she points out the food we choose for lunch can have a significant impact on that slump.
“Carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes trigger production of the neurotransmitter serotonin which makes us feel sleepy and relaxed. Protein, on the other hand, triggers the release of dopamine and noradrenaline which keep the brain alert and awake.”
Technology has its many benefits but being hooked up to it 24/7 can also be one of our biggest energy sappers, not least because most of us are almost permanently 'on call'. Psychologist Dr Megan Arroll encourages us to take a 'digital detox' one day a week to be mindfully alert.
A lack of vitamin D is associated with tiredness.