Everyone is familiar with the all-out energy drain of fatigue, or the more serious chronic fatigue syndrome, which includes aching muscles and that all-over tired feeling. Artificial stimulants such as caffeine offer temporary relief but usually lead to an energy crash after the initial effects wear off. Dietary modifications are a more natural, helpful and dependable way to combat fatigue and low energy. Follow this five-step plan for greater energy:
- Consume all essential nutrients. This is especially true with magnesium. This mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. When magnesium levels are even a little low, our energy can drop and fatigue sets in.
- Don't skip breakfast. This is a good time to get the essential nutrients you need. People who eat breakfast report being in a better mood and have more energy throughout the day.
- Drink more water. Dehydration can lead to feelings of fatigue and tiredness.
- Control blood sugar. Avoid processed carbohydrate-containing foods, especially foods with added sugar — they produce rapid rises and subsequent falls in blood sugar levels, which lead to fatigue and low energy.
- Snack wisely. Smart snacking can keep energy levels high and help avoid chronic fatigue. Reach for snacks that include protein, a little fat and some fiber.