By Jennifer Joseph, Editor, FX Medicine

As the year gets busier, many of us may be struggling with fatigue and exhaustion. With high-pressure work schedules, last minute catch-ups and family commitments, many individuals may be burning the candle at both ends. The last thing we need is to crash and burn!

With that in mind, it’s important to seek out natural energizers that may help keep you going throughout the end of the year.

Stay hydrated

Staying well-hydrated is essential to good health in general, and this includes the maintenance of energy levels. Rehydrating is also of particular importance if you choose to consume alcohol.

To limit the damaging effects of alcohol it is recommended that you avoid drinking more than 3 standard drinks during an occasion. However, if you do plan to party the night away, drinking water between your alcoholic beverages is important to minimize the side effects. Alcohol has a significant dehydrating effect on the body. Plus, it depletes you of many nutrients, thus eating nutritious food is also very important.

An average individual should be drinking at least 2 liters of water throughout the day, even more when in hot temperatures, so make sure that hydration is at the top of your mind. It may just be your savior the next day.

Coconut water can be a nice addition to your daily fluid intake as it is a good source of natural electrolytes and other nutrients. Coconut water provides the essential electrolytes, potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium, as well as other minerals including iron and phosphorous, vitamins such as vitamin C, folate and B6, carbohydrates and protein.

Exercise

It is well-known that exercise creates endorphins which are known to make you feel good. However, during the festive season, exercise can become less of a priority in exchange for having a good time or a sleep in.

Try to go for a brisk walk in the morning to get your body moving, get some fresh air and to stay energized. It is also a good idea to go for a walk instead of slump down on the couch after your dinner.

Don’t forget your greens

Eating a quick lunch or “fast” foods, combined with alcohol during social events, can result in you feeling fatigued or foggy.  In an effort to boost your energy levels, try adding lots of greens into your side salad or into your morning juice each day.

Green vegetables (e.g. broccoli, broccoli sprout, spinach and kale) have great health properties such as high levels of nutrients and enzymes, which can strengthen the immune system and provide the body with the nutrients needed to detox. They also contain powerful antioxidants which may help fight free radicals as well as minerals that are easily absorbed into the body.

Young broccoli sprouts are particularly useful as they are believed to contain up to 50 times more antioxidant sulforaphane than mature broccoli, according to research.1  This means the broccoli sprouts help the liver and other body cells protect themselves from the damaging effects of many toxins that threaten our health on a daily basis. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ubiquinol – the powerful antioxidant 

Although many people are aware of Coenzyme Q10, many people are not aware that ubiquinol is the active and reduced form of CoQ10 and therefore is more easily absorbed in your body.

Science has shown that as we age, or if we put our bodies under a significant amount of stress, our ubiquinol levels decline. Often this leaves us feeling fatigued, foggy and lacking in energy. This is because ubiquinol is responsible for your energy levels. It powers your cells, particularly your major organs such as your heart, liver and lungs. If you are feeling fatigued, your ubiquinol levels may be low and supplementation may be beneficial for maintaining your cellular energy.

The highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found in the heart, with aging, hypertension, heart failure and statin-treated patients showing evidence of CoQ10 deficiency.2,3 CoQ10 plays an important role in energy production in muscle cells, with concentrations of CoQ10 declining with intense athletic training. Research shows that ubiquinol may improve athletic performance and physical power production. Supplementation with 300 mg ubiquinol for six weeks has shown to significantly enhance physical performance in trained athletes, compared to placebo.4

Reduced fatigue and enhanced performance has also been demonstrated in trials using 100-300 mg CoQ10 per day in both trained and untrained individuals.5-7

Ask your healthcare practitioner to recommend a high-strength form of ubiquinol to help boost your energy levels.


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