Energy feels like a hot commodity these days—something we all search endlessly for, yet our energy banks are never quite full. Too many of us spend our days trying to muster up the energy we need to get through our to-do list, struggling to get done everything we need to and knowing that tomorrow will be more of the same.
This is no way to live.
If you’re tired of feeling tired and are ready to take back your life, we’ve compiled this guide to help you boost your energy levels. But first, let’s discuss what energy actually is.
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a molecule produced by the mitochondria in our cells. While small, this molecule is what we are referring to when we say “energy,” as its job is to store and deliver energy amongst your cells.
The problem, though, is that as we get older, our body has fewer mitochondria. Fewer mitochondria equate to less ATP, meaning less energy is delivered to the cells. This is why, when we’re older, we have less energy.
It’s not all in your head; there’s scientific proof to back up your energy decline.
While some energy loss is inevitable with aging and cannot be wholly overcome, there are some ways that you can aid your body’s ATP production, improving your energy.
When it comes to boosting your energy levels, it should come as no surprise that the elements of a healthy lifestyle (exercise, diet, and sleep) are the most critical areas to focus on.
It can seem impossibly challenging and counterintuitive to commit to an exercise routine when your energy levels are so low, but exercising can help boost your energy levels. This is because exercise increases the number of energy-promoting neurotransmitters in the brain, including norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. In addition to boosting your mood, these neurotransmitters also boost your energy.
Additionally, exercise offers long-term benefits. The more you exercise, the stronger your muscles become and the less energy they need to complete the same tasks, conserving ATP and leaving you more energy in your reserves.
Here’s the key: when it comes to boosting your energy levels, the type of exercise is less important than consistency. And it doesn’t take much. Research suggests that just 20 minutes of low-to-moderate aerobic activity (anything that gets your heart pumping) three days a week is enough to increase your energy levels. Find something fun to count as your aerobic exercise and see the difference it makes in your energy levels and mood.
Your cells need premium fuel to function maximally, and it is up to you to give them the best fuel possible. For the greatest effect on your energy, try to focus on foods with fatty acids and proteins (e.g., salmon, tuna, chicken, turkey, nuts).
Furthermore, try to prioritize smaller and more frequent meals. This not only offers your brain a steady supply of nutrients, but it also prevents the insulin spike after a large meal that can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar, leaving you tired.
One of the first things you’ll feel if you’re not drinking enough water is fatigue, so drinking enough water (or fluids in general) is crucial for keeping up your energy levels. The National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that women aim for 91 ounces of water each day and men aim for 125 ounces. However, the ideal amount of water for you will depend on other factors, including your health, activity level, etc. Still, these are good numbers to aim for and will help you keep your energy levels up.
When trying to meet this goal, don’t forget that it doesn’t all have to come from water. Other beverages such as tea, coffee, and juices count along with the fluids from liquid-heavy fruits and vegetables such as zucchini, strawberries, cucumbers, citrus fruits, squash, and melons.
The impact of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. Benefitting everything from your immune system to your hormone production, the time you spend resting is crucial for keeping your body healthy. Not only that, but it helps to keep your energy levels up.
Research has shown that sleep can help increase your ATP levels, with them surging during the first few hours of sleep. More importantly, it has been demonstrated that ATP production rises in the brain areas that are active when you’re awake. Knowing this, getting enough good, quality sleep at night is crucial for ensuring you’re replenishing your ATP levels and are ready to tackle the day.
You can increase your energy levels by improving your body’s energy efficiency, meaning it requires less ATP to achieve the same result.
Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, and in addition to fighting free radical damage and inflammation, glutathione also increases cell efficiency. This results in greater ATP production, and the more ATP your body has, the more energy you have available.
Unfortunately, glutathione cannot be supplemented on its own. Still, its precursors, or the compounds the body needs to produce glutathione, can be. Original Glutathione Formula (OGF) and Glutathione Rapid Boost+ contain all of these precursors in one daily supplement (OGF) and energy drink (GRB+) so that you can keep up your glutathione levels and improve your energy.
Of course, it’s important to remember that glutathione supplements alone will not cancel out other habits draining your energy. To see the most significant benefit in your energy levels, it is essential to focus on all the lifestyle adoptions listed.
It’s a shared feeling to be tired of feeling tired. We have long to-do lists and tasks we want to complete, and it’s frustrating for our energy levels not to be able to keep up.
If you’re ready to finally improve your energy levels, try focusing on a healthy and balanced diet, drinking enough water, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and supplementing your glutathione levels. However, if you’ve suffered from low energy for an extended period of time, it can be an early warning sign of a serious illness, and you should visit your doctor.
With healthy lifestyle habits and glutathione supplementation from RobKellerMD, you no longer have to feel too tired to live your life.
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