Feeling drained? 5 natural ways to keep your energy levels topped up

Feeling drained? 5 natural ways to keep your energy levels topped up

Energy: we all seem to need more of it

When was the last time you finished your work day still brimming with enthusiasm?  The last time you headed home bristling with excitement about family plans for the evening?  The last time you impulsively hopped into the car and headed out with friends for a spontaneous movie or show?

If you’re like all-too-many people these days, the answer is “far too long ago!”  Maybe even not since you first started working.  And yes, OK, that might be because your job is genuinely boring (or your family never makes plans, or your friends just aren’t spontaneous).  Often though, it’s because you simply don’t have the energy to get enthused about anything by the time evening rolls around.

It can be tempting to fall back on the old standbys – caffeine and sugar – for a short-term boost when you really need it.  The problem with that is the energy crash that inevitably follows. A smarter, healthier option is to keep your energy levels topped up naturally so you don’t get drained in the first place.

Here are a few suggestions for how to do that.


5 natural ways to maintain your energy levels

1. Develop a regular sleep routine

It should go without saying, but the first place to look when you regularly feel tired is your sleep habits.  Are you getting the recommended 7-9  hours of quality sleep per night? Are you going to bed and then getting up at roughly the same times each day?  If not, make a point of developing a good sleep routine.

2. Eat good food regularly, and in the right amounts

When you’re busy, it’s easy to skip meals – or replace them with a convenient, high-energy snack that’s low on nutrients.  Much like the caffeine and sugar we mentioned earlier though, that will give you an immediate blood sugar surge… followed by a sharp crash.

Instead, aim to eat a balanced, healthy diet, with a mixture of protein, carbs and fats in each meal.  Plus, aim to have smaller meals more often, so you never go for more than a few hours without eating.

3. Make sure you’re getting enough B vitamins

Almost all of the B-complex vitamins play some kind of part in maintaining your energy levels . B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12 each support your body in converting macronutrients (either carbs, proteins, fats, or a combination) into energy. B2 and B7 are directly involved in cellular energy production. 

So it’s worth making sure your diet is rich in foods that contain these vitamins  – and perhaps supplementing if you could use a top-up.

4. Consider taking extra Chromium 

Chromium is a little-known mineral that has a more indirect energy-related role: it supports your blood sugar balance.  Good Chromium levels mean that rather than getting blood sugar spikes and crashes after you eat carbohydrates, you’re likely to maintain stable blood sugar levels.  Stable blood sugar means more stable energy levels – so, again, consider topping up if your diet is low in Chromium-containing foods .

5. Think about recruiting some long-term herbal energy support

Nature also provides several herbs that can help to maintain your energy levels.  One of the most popular is Siberian Ginseng, which has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many naturopaths now recommend it to support vitality, stamina and long-term energy levels. 


Looking for a convenient way to top up your energy support?

While each of the nutrients and Siberian Ginseng are available individually, you may find it more convenient to take a single supplement that combines two or more of them. Ask your pharmacist or health store professional for their recommendation regarding specific products.



1 http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need 

2 https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/vitamin-b 

3  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-B.aspx 

4 http://www.eufic.org/article/en/diet-related-diseases/diabetes/artid/Chromium-in-the-diet/ 

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