Do you find yourself frequently nodding off in front of the telly? Have you heard yourself saying “I don’t have the energy I used to.” These could simply be due to the ageing process. However, feeling old and feeling tired do not have to go hand in hand.
By examining your sleep patterns, activity levels, diet and supplement intake, you can improve your energy levels and follow an active lifestyle.
Energy in old age
There are many factors that affect our body’s production of energy. These include:
- Diet – poor diet is a leading cause of tiredness and fatigue. A healthy well balanced diet is crucial to maintaining sustained energy levels. Always start the day with an energy-boosting breakfast such as porridge or wholemeal toast.Try to eat a regular intervals. Water can also help by preventing dehydration, which increases feelings of fatigue.
- Sleep – age affects our circadian rhythm which causes us to spend less time in deep sleep. This is thought to be because our melatonin levels decrease with age. Melatonin is the hormone that helps to induce sleep at night. Deep sleep is required for the body to restore energy levels.
- Activity levels – it is important to keep active as we age. Muscle mass declines steadily with age. As muscles shrink, they become fatigued more easily. Strength training exercises can help to reduce the rate at which muscle mass is lost. A morning exercise routine will also help to keep energy levels higher throughout the course of the day.
- Stress – long-term stress can seriously deplete the body’s energy stores. It causes changes to chemicals present in the brain that affect learning, memory and energy levels. This can make it harder to concentrate and recall information. Keep the brain active with crosswords and puzzles.
There are natural energy boosters available that can offer a much needed pick-me-up:
Co Enzyme Q10 100mg – this plays a crucial role in the process of cellular energy production. The natural levels of Co Enzyme Q10 reduce as age (believed to start around the age of 35) and as a result of certain health conditions. The loss of Co Enzyme Q10 can be overcome through supplementation. More.
Vitamin B Complex – studies show that B-vitamins support brain function and can help to reduce feelings of tiredness and fatigue. B-vitamin stores decline with age and are further depleted by stress. There are 8 essential B-vitamins, of which B12 is particularly beneficial for an added energy boost. More.
Siberian Ginseng 1000mg – a powerful “adaptogenic” herb. Adaptogens help the body adapt to and deal with stress. The roots of the Siberian Ginseng plant contain compounds called eleutherosides. Studies show promising results that Siberian ginseng can offer restorative properties and increase mental performance. More.
SimplyEnhance™ Fresh Sunrise tea – this herbal tea contains ginkgo biloba, alongside hibiscus and vanilla. Ginkgo biloba may help to improve blood circulation and aid the delivery of nutrients around the body. This delicious herbal tea can offer a much needed energy boost when required. More.
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