In this fast paced, crazy world we live in, we are all constantly looking for a quick ‘pick me up’, whether it’s a sugary treat, a coffee or an energy drink. Despite how tasty they are, opting for these artificial boosters is an unsustainable way of gaining energy and will inevitably leading to another crash.
It’s seems obvious to always go for healthy lifestyle choices, however many of us still fail to do so. Making overall improved health choices will ensure that you don’t feel the need to reply on quick fixes, but instead feel energised throughout the day. Try cardiologist Dr Ross Walker’s top five tips for optimising energy levels and feeling your absolute best…
It may seem that exercising tires you out, however it is quite the contrary. “Exercise actually helps to strengthen the heart – allowing it to pump more blood around the body” explains Dr Walker. “When this process occurs, endorphins are released, creating that ‘feel good’ sensation you may have noticed after a workout.” Dr Walker suggests to “aim to fit in at least 30 mins of exercise each day – whether it’s walking to and from the bus stop, kicking a ball around with the kids, or heading into the gym with the trainer – anything is better than nothing!”
As silly as it may sound to be reminded to carry a water bottle with you, it’s far more important than you know! Dr Walker recommends “consistently taking sips of water throughout the day – it’s a great way of ensuring your circulation of blood, your body temperature and your digestion all run effectively.” He went on to explain that without constant hydration the body has to work harder to regulate these functions, and in turn deteriorates your natural sources of energy.
Matcha is one of the latest trends to hit every trendy café around Australia, and it’s for good reason. Dr Walker explains “it’s a special type of green tea with 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea, promotes improved memory, blood flow around the body and is naturally caffeinated which helps to promote a slow release of energy, making it a great alternative to that third cup of coffee in the afternoon.” He added that it’s important to remember not to consume matcha within six hours of bedtime, to help ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
Another integral part of optimising energy levels is sleep. Ensuring you get at least seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night is vital to how you function. “Sleep is so important and it must be taken seriously – too little or too much can lead to health implications. Unfortunately, many people are not getting enough sleep each night, leading to a shortfall of sleep which often ends up being difficult to even out," explains Dr Walker. Aim to consider sleep as a detox for your brain as it not only gives it time to rest – but it also replenishes and restores your body.
Antioxidants are vital for not only powering our cells, but also cleaning up ‘free radicals’, which wreak havoc on our bodies by causing inflammation. “Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10 (CoenzymeQ10), a powerful antioxidant that is found naturally in the body.” “The role of Ubiquinol is to extract energy from food and assist in powering the body’s overall energy levels as well as supporting the health of major organs, including the heart," explains Dr Walker. “If you’re feeling drained and finding it hard to bounce back from your workout or even just in day-to-day life, Ubiquinol supplements will actually help to support your natural energy levels.”