Do you resemble the picture above? Shorter days, hectic school schedules and the parade of upcoming holidays can leave us feeling zapped of energy. As we all fall back into the rhythm of autumn and winter, we at re:immune want to remind you of natural ways to boost your energy, immunity and overall health. With a few healthy habits, the fall and winter seasons won’t leave you feeling so drained.
Get Your Zzzz’s
Lack of sleep or poor sleep really messes with our bodies and minds. Chronic sleep deprivation causes an imbalance in the hormone cortisol which leads to us feeling sluggish in the morning. So first and foremost, to have more energy during the day, you need to try to get the optimum amount of sleep at night on a regular basis. This typically falls between 7-9 hours a night for most people.
Have trouble falling asleep? Our senses are. . . well, very sensitive when it comes to getting those zzz’s, so be sure check the temperature of the bedroom. A room temperature of right around 68 degrees Fahrenheit is optimum. Also, exposure to too much light in the bedroom can also throw off our Circadian rhythm and make for a poor night’s sleep. Finally, be aware of how noise pollution might be affecting your rest. Sirens, noise from streets and highways and other sounds might be affecting your sleep patterns. Look into a white noise machine or repetitive nature sounds to help soothe your ears and lull you to sleep.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Obviously this is something we are always talking and thinking about at re:iimmune. In a stressed state such as dehydration, the cells of our intestines are impaired. This means that sodium, which is crucial to proper functioning of the body, cannot be effectively absorbed. Our formula was designed to help people recover from mild to moderate dehydration. We also included probiotics to help balance digestive function. When it comes to sleep, serotonin is an important neurotransmitter for regulating the sleep/wake cycle. Most serotonin is made in the gut and so keeping the digestive system operating at it’s best helps keep the body in balance.
Energy Dense Foods
A healthy diet plays an important role in your energy throughout the day. Remember how tired that hefty helping of pasta left you feeling? Try to limit carbohydrate consumption which can leave us feeling sluggish and blah. Instead, get plenty of energy dense foods into your diet. Apples, bananas, blueberries, almonds, chicken, eggs and fish are the stars of the food pyramid when it comes to leaving you feeling full, satisfied and full of energy!
Weight of the world on your shoulders? Push it off before you hop into bed. Some people find that making a to-do list or writing out their worries prior to bedtime helps to keep that wheel that is spinning in your mind on lockdown. Make sure your bed and pillows are keeping your body in proper alignment during sleep and it never hurts to have super comfy bedding and pajamas!
Massage is also a wonderful way to put your body into a state of relaxation for sleep as it increases serotonin levels. Plus it’s beneficial in creating energy throughout the day as it aids in blood circulation, delivering oxygen to all of the cells throughout the body.
Boost Energy in the Daytime
Several essential oils are known to give us a little lift when we need it. Peppermint, spearmint and grapefruit oils can be added to unfragranced lotion and carrier oils such as Sweet Almond Oil to hydrate your skin and give you a bit of a boost all at once.
Finally, and most importantly, get outdoors! Natural sunlight is essential for our health and well being and you can read a little more about the topic in our blog post from last week entitled “Top Three Benefits of Spending Time in Nature.” Take time during the day to go outside, take a walk, breathe deep and increased energy is sure to follow!