RE­BOOT YOUR BODY AND BRAIN OUT OF JAN­UARY FLU

Mail Today - - GOOD HEALTH - LIMIT COF­FEE CON­CEN­TRATE BET­TER POST-LUNCH SLUMP MIND­FULLY TIRED

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.

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