Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Posted by Suganya
What causes afternoon energy slump?
What can one do to avoid afternoon fatigue?
- Don’t skip meals, particularly breakfast. Starvation and skimpy meals lead to as much exhaustion as a high-carb lunch does.
- Replace three big meals with five or six small, nutrient dense meals to keep the blood sugar level less fluctuating.
- Reduce or avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates. Even though a candy bar or white bread or rice can give an instant energy hike by elevating the blood glucose level, it will only make things worse shortly thereafter.
- Avoid sugary snacks. Keep peanut butter crackers, yogurt, nuts or an energy bar handy for a quick, but sensible fix. Our body needs fat, which is a concentrated source of energy. Hence, a tbsp of nut butter or a handful of nuts provide the necessary fat to fight fatigue.
- Try taking a balanced food that incorporates unrefined carbs, proteins, vitamins & moderate amount of fat (Yes fat!!! Our body requires fat as well to maintain a proper balance).
Are you still feeling sleepy?
- Do a few breathing exercises and fill your lungs with fresh air. Deep, cleansing breaths can restore energy.
- Learn a few stretch routines that can be done even while sitting in a chair. Stretching not only increases blood flow to the body, but stimulates the brain due to increased oxygen supply.
- A quick, brisk walk raises energy and wards off inertia. Take a walk when you feel sleepy. Walking outside is also an opportunity to inhale fresh air. If you don’t have the time for a 10-minute walk, then run up and down the stairs for two minutes.
- Conquering fatigue, by Debra Waterhouse, M.P.H., R.D.
- Rev up your energy
- The cure for exhaustion? More exercise
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This Post was written by Suganya from Tasty Palettes.