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Is Your Diet Making You Tired?

The right combination of foods can help to improve your energy

One way to improve our energy levels is by eating a nutritious diet. The right combinations of food may help to give you a boost.

If you still feel tired despite getting 7-8 hours’ sleep per night and a healthy diet, please go and visit your GP to rule out any underlying medical causes.

Here are a few ways that your diet might be affecting your energy:

You skip breakfast.

Evidence shows that eating something for breakfast is a good idea and those that don’t are reported to have lower energy, poorer moods and reduced memory.

You use caffeine to stay alert.

One or two cups of coffee or tea a day is fine but if you are reliant on caffeine it can cause energy fluctuations and overstimulate the nervous system. Caffeine blocks the action of adenosine, a brain chemical that causes drowsiness by slowing down nerve-cell activity. Avoid caffeine after lunch as it can disrupt sleep in some people.

Your diet contains too many refined carbs.

Carbohydrate-rich foods are turned into blood glucose which is used by the body as energy. Highly processed, refined carbs (e.g., white bread, pasta, sweets and sugary drinks) are metabolised quickly and can cause large spikes in blood glucose followed by sharp drops, which can bring on fatigue. Sugar also blocks the activity of orexin-producing cells, brain cells that stimulate wakefulness.

You Skip Meals

Are you too busy to stop for lunch? If you go for too long without food your blood sugar will drop which can make you feel tired and grumpy.

You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Water is essential as it help to circulates oxygen and nutrients around your body, even a small amount of dehydration can lead to symptoms such as fatigue and headaches.

You Drink Alcohol After Dinner.

Although a drink before bed might help you to fall to sleep alcohol actually disrupts the quality of sleep by reducing the time we spend in REM sleep which is important for memory and learning. So even though you might be getting 8 hours sleep you still wake feeling unrefreshed.

There is more information on how what we eat can affect energy balance in my free eBook – please click the link below to download your copy.

EATING FOR ENERGY EBOOK

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