D o you feel like you need a holiday? Are you exhausted all the time? Well here are a few tips to help you feel better.

We assume you are only tired, not ill. Your life is hectic with work and or family and kids and you just feel that you are a step behind all the time.

The first thing you can do is to take note of what you are eating.

Watch What you are Eating

What you eat can have a drastic effect on your energy levels. Focus on low GI carbs like brown rice or seed loaf or even plain yogurt with fresh berries, orange or grapefruit.

Eating foods that have a low score on the glycaemic index can keep blood sugar levels steady and can even help your body metabolise fat more efficiently.

What are Low GI Foods?

The glycaemic index (GI) was originally designed for people with diabetes to help keep their blood sugar levels under control

The GI ranks carbohydrate foods based on the rate at which they are broken down into glucose. We know:

  • Eating foods with a high-GI leads to high levels of circulating insulin levels, which we want to avoid.
  • Low-GI foods provide natural, slowly released energy.
  • Foods that are white, including processed foods made with white flour and white sugar, usually have a high-GI.
  • High fibre foods take longer to digest and therefore produce a slower rise in blood sugar levels. Most vegetables, whole-grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruits are rich in fibre when you eat them whole.

Eat Your Vegetables

Try to eat between five and seven portions of fruit or vegetables a day to satisfy your body’s need for antioxidants and make sure you eat enough low-fat protiens like fish, chicken, eggs and beans. Don’t cook them in fat or oil – grilling or steaming is much better.

Drink Plenty of Water

Some people enjoy drinking water and others find it a real battle. Try to drink at least two litres of water a day. Often people become tired because they are dehydrated, and once are actually realise you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.

When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are worse in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise and in high altitudes.

Here are three reasons to make sure you’re drinking enough water or other fluids every day:

  • Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids
  • Water Can Help Control Calories
  • Water Helps Energize Muscles

It is a good idea to avoid caffien and sugar – they give you a quick and temporary high, but don’t really boost your energy levels.

Exercise is Important for Health

It seems crazy to say that you need to exercise when you are feelling so exhausted, but it truly helps. You don’t need to go to a gym or take up a sport, you can just go for a walk every day. Even after one exercise session you will already feel better and have more energy.

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