Stump your friends: Which tips really work to banish energy slumps, and which are hogwash?
Style Magazine Newswire | 9/13/2018, 11:28 a.m.
By Bryce Wylde, BSc, DHMHS, Homeopath
There’s a scientific reason why your energy level seems to decline in the fall. Shorter days means less exposure to sunlight. This may cause your body to pump out more melatonin, the hormone that helps you doze off. It is possible to wipe out seasonal fatigue. Here’s a quiz to help you uncover the practical energizing actions that actually work. Share this with your friends to see who can answer the most correctly.
True or false: Sugar can rob you of energy.
True! Sugar might give you an instant kick, but you’re going to eventually crash. High-fiber, low-glycemic foods such as quinoa, lentils and apples will help supply you with a steady stream of energy throughout the day. You’ll be less likely to reach for that mid-afternoon double-fudge brownie.
2. True or false: Being regular in the bathroom can help you be more productive.
True! When you’re not regular, you feel uncomfortable and out of balance. Plus, feeling better on the inside will help you exude more confidence on the outside. Keep the poop moving by eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and seeds. Choosing the right prebiotic fiber supplement can help balance your digestive system, especially when it’s combined with beneficial probiotics. Regular Girl, a synbiotic blend of prebiotic fiber plus probiotics, is a popular solution. It helps move food through your system at just the right pace.
3. True or false: Low-fat diets help you stay slimmer and feel more energetic.
False! Your non-fat lifestyle may be depriving your body of nutrients and may be making you fat! You need fats for better hair, skin and nails. In addition to being a great source of energy, substituting fats for carbs can also help your body burn fat for fuel. Olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, nuts and avocados are all examples of healthy fats. These oils also fit well with the popular keto diet.
4. True or false: If you’re feeling sluggish, you should drink a glass of water.
True. Dehydration robs you of energy. You’d think that because it’s not as hot outside, you don’t need as many fluids. But air heated by furnaces is drier. That’s why your lips feel chapped and skin feels tight. There’s no magic number for the amount of water you should drink. Listen to your body. Adequate water and fiber intake also help ensure excretion of toxins in your urine and stool.
5. True or false: Stress zaps your energy by burning up certain vitamins in your body.
True! Stress can burn up your energy-assisting B vitamins. It also lowers your serotonin, the feel-good hormone that your brain eventually converts to melatonin for good sleep. There are a lot of good stress-busting habits out there. Keep trying them until you find things that work for you.
6. True or false: multi-tasking is the best way to get things done.
False! Multi-tasking and over-scheduling are surefire ways to feel overwhelmed and under-accomplished. Prioritize your list and focus on what’s important. Do one thing at a time, do it well and then let it go. Always schedule time in your day to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.