Welcome back to part two of our How to Increase Energy Levels Naturally series.
Again, here are some of the articles I referenced in my research:
Let’s finish up, picking up where we left off on the list of 10 things that you can do to improve your energy levels.
7. Eat more whole grains, less sugar – The logic here, is that when you eat foods high in sugar, you feel a spike in energy, but that spike in energy is followed by an energy “crash”, that makes you feel exhausted.
But when you eat a lot of whole grains, they’ll give you a steadier, slower source of fuel, which give you consistent, balanced energy.
They go on to mention in the article that the information on this is backed by a study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
8. Eat power snacks – If you’re like me, you’re thinking, “what the hell is a power snack?”
Luckily, Dr. Ayoob elaborates on this recommendation:
(Dr. Ayoob) suggests a treat that combines protein, a little fat and some fiber — like peanut butter on a whole-wheat cracker, or some yogurt with a handful of nuts. “The carbs offer a quick pick-me-up, the protein keeps your energy up, and the fat makes the energy last,” he tells WebMD.
9. Drink Latte’s instead of coffee - Ayoob says that the combination of caffeine with protein is way better than just coffee, because it doesn’t just give you energy; the milk in it gives you calcium, and if you add just an ounce of almonds to it, the healthy fat in the almonds will make the drink a lot more efficient for energy than just drinking coffee alone.
10. Get your thyroid functionality tested, as well as a blood cell count – If you’re consistently finding yourself low on energy, especially after a full night’s rest, you might be experiencing a thyroid issue, or even anemia.
Getting your blood checked by your doctor could reveal these issues.
If they find that you’re experiencing either issue, they can prescribe some medication that can help you out.
The below ideas come from the “9 Ways to Boost Your Energy” from Harvard’s website.
Lesson #3 – Stop Smoking!
You shouldn’t be smoking if you’re a ball player anyways, but I thought I’d throw this one in anyways.
Apparently smoking can cause insomnia, and can make you wake up in the middle of the night craving to smoke:
The nicotine in tobacco is a stimulant, so it speeds the heart rate, raises blood pressure, and stimulates brain-wave activity associated with wakefulness, making it harder to fall asleep. And once you do fall asleep, its addictive power can kick in and awaken you with cravings.
Lesson #4 – Limit the Amount of Coffee You Drink after 2pm
In the same article, they mention that caffeine can cause insomnia.
No surprise there, especially if you consume it right before you go to bed, but apparently, you don’t have to drink it that late in order for it to keep you from sleeping.
They say that if you consume large amounts of caffeine after just 2pm in the afternoon, it can mess with your ability to sleep at night.
That’s news to me.
Hopefully you got a tip or two from this series that can help you improve and maintain higher levels of sleep. The more energy you have, the harder you can train, and the better you’ll be on the field.
Hopefully you got a tip or two from this series that can help you improve and maintain higher levels of energy.
The more energy you have, the harder you can train, and the better you’ll be on the field.
Do you have any more tips for getting a good night’s sleep? What seems to help “you” with energy issues? Leave a comment!
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