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Six tips for avoiding fatigue

From SheKnows Canada
If a demanding job, keeping up with the kiddos, or just being an all-around Superwoman is zapping your energy to sub-human levels, it's time to take back your spring with these natural energy-boosters.

Woman pumped to exercise

Tired of being tired? Time to bump up your moxie -- the natural way. These six tips will help you get more out of your day when you just can't slow down.

Exercise

If you're already exhausted, exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing, but studies show people who get at least some exercise every day actually have more energy. Next time you feel like you just can't work anymore, don't just sit there! Get up and walk around the block or do a quick 5 or 10 minutes of cardio.

Eat breakfast

It's tempting to skip breakfast when you're rushing just to get out the door in the morning. Coffee is fine in moderation, but the effects of caffeine are temporary. It's important to remember that you haven't eaten anything in almost a quarter of a day! Food is fuel for your body. Even a single slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter will give you the boost you need.

Eat more often

Have you ever noticed you feel run-down just before lunch? That's because you've gone too long without eating and your blood sugar levels have dropped. Don't power through from breakfast to lunch. Keep healthy snacks like raw veggies or nuts and seeds on hand to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day. But don't overeat. A full stomach may make you feel more tired.

Switch to hot tea

Caffeine can stay in your system for 12 hours, which could actually prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Instead of brewing that morning cup of joe, opt for tea. It has less caffeine and is high in antioxidants, which actually help your body make energy. There are many varieties of tea available, so there's sure to be one you'll like.

Avoid sugary snacks

The jolt you get from sugar is only temporary. In fact, it can make you less alert when its effects wear off. If you do have a sweet tooth, opt for sugar in its natural form and have a few small pieces of fruit.

Sample some citrus

Humans have a naturally energetic response to Vitamin C. While fruits do contain a lot of sugar, having a small glass of OJ or half a grapefruit will add a little "juice" to your energy levels.

If none of these tips works for you, consider seeing a doctor. Many health problems, thyroid issues for example, have symptoms that include fatigue. But for most people, it's just a matter of treating your body right.

More ways to boost energy:

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