How to boost your energy levels

Don’t you wish you had enough energy to work hard during the day, have an awesome workout session, do your house chores and still have energy to meet up with friends and enjoy life the way you should?

We all know how relaxing a massage can be; but it can also provide the ultimate energy boost you've been needing! 

In the fast paced world we live in, we are constantly faced with long working hours, bad sleeping patterns, and increased levels of stress. All these factors play a major role in your daily energy levels. 

Massage is a great way to relieve tension from your body, all the while clearing the mind. When you can think clearly, you are able to flow through your day with more ease and control, giving you more energy to take on other things. At Vita Home Spa, our Energizing massage oil uses the combination of grapefruit and lemongrass essential oils to stimulate the mind and serve as a gentle "pick-me-up". 

The next time you feel drained and in need to recharge, make sure to book your massage appointment for a rejuvenating experience.

Apart from massage, here are 7 lifestyle tips to help keep your energy levels high:

1. Exercise regularly: Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores. It can also lead to higher brain dopamine levels, which helps elevate the mood. 

2. Eat iron-rich foods Iron is necessary for the production of energy from glucose, which is the main fuel for both the brain and the body. Iron-rich foods include lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, wholegrain breads and cereals, legumes, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables.

3. Stay hydrated: If your body is short of fluids, one of the first symptoms would be a feeling of fatigue. Make sure you hydrate regularly throughout the day to keep your energy levels high.

4. Boost your B vitamins They play a crucial role in fueling the body with carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The best vitamin B-rich foods include wholegrain cereals, meat, poultry, salmon, eggs, milk and green leafy vegetables. You may also need to take a B-complex multivitamin daily.

5. Up your magnesium intake It is considered the anti-stress nutrient and occurs abundantly in natural, unprocessed foods. It also helps with sleep. The best dietary sources include tofu, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and green leafy vegetables such as spinach. Avoid overcooking to minimize magnesium loss.

6. Choose complex carbs These will help keep blood-sugar and energy levels stable. Good choices include wholegrain breads and pasta, whole oats and muesli, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth and root vegetables such as beetroot, pumpkin and sweet potato.

7. Cut back on caffeine Caffeine stimulates the production of stress hormones, which gives you a temporary boost in energy but can also contribute to anxiety, irritability, muscle tension, weakened immunity and insomnia. Try alternatives such as dandelion root coffee or herbal teas.