Three PM slump? We hear you. The first thing most of us will do when that lethargic wave washes over us is wearily reach for the nearest pot of instant coffee. Yet, anyone who operates in a high-pressure, tense work environment is likely to tell you that the only thing worse than a mid-day low is the onset of caffeine jitters.
You see, caffeine boosts adrenaline levels which can produce high blood pressure, perspiration, a buzzing sensation, and nerves. According to A-list nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, caffeine "can contribute to adrenal exhaustion" - which may lead to under-eye circles and puffiness. Ohhhh hell no. Essentially, caffeine is like a drug that creates stress in the body, so like all the good things in life it should be consumed in moderation.
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Being over-caffeinated but simultaneously exhausted is a ~ vErY rEaL ~ side effect of the daily grind. So to keep you sane, let's figure out how to boost your energy sans café au lait.
Hit The Stairs
We're not saying you need to go all out like you're on the StairMaster at the gym, but even walking up-and-down a couple flights of steps in your office block can help get your heart pumping. It's also good to get ideas flowing, so maybe enlist a co-worker for a quick chin-wag.
If black tea or coffee makes you jittery, consider swapping it out for green tea. You'll get an energy jolt, but with the double whammy of antioxidants for good measure.
While treats like chocolate usually goes hand-in-hand with that afternoon cuppa joe, try reaching for some raw, unrefined dark chocolate. Raw cacao has PEA (phenylethylamine) which is known to increase energy levels for some peeps.
Sticking on the *green is good 4 u* train, matcha is praised for its ability to provide a more steady flow of energy without the crash at the other end.
According to some wellness websites, slurping up a tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses delivers a rich source of rich, highly bioavailable iron which is readily absorbed by our bodies. It also contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. Bare in mind, this energy boost is only temporary.
A 'lil life-saver in a bottle: this supplement is derived from the Goldenroot plant which grows in the Arctic and Siberia has been favoured for many years to enhance both energy and mood.
Vitamin B, Baby
Your fatigue *might* be caused by more than just late nights and early mornings. If your lows aren't getting any better, it's important to get tested for vitamin B12 deficiency. This vitamin is responsible for forming red blood cells which transport oxygen in the blood throughout the body, thus being utilised for energy. As it's commonly found in fish, meat, eggs, and dairy - those with restricted diets are likely to be low in it. Similarly those with digestive disorders like Crohn's are also at risk.
Supplements are like a push-up bra, they can keep you coasting for a while but ultimately you can't hide what's underneath. Nor should you. Focus on improving your diet, exercise routine, sleep, hydration, and moods, and your energy levels will naturally improve.
[Ed note: we may wear many hats at U Magazine, but we are not doctors or nutritional specialists so please seek second opinions when it comes to medical advice.]