How do you gain energy?


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Gain more energy by exercising, managing stress, and drinking more water. Consume alcohol in moderation to reduce its depressant effects. Eat small meals consisting of foods with a low glycemic index, such as fruits and vegetables.

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Eating small meals every few hours boosts energy throughout the day by feeding the body a consistent amount of nutrients. Avoid skipping meals each day, especially breakfast. Studies indicate that people who do not miss meals are more active.

Foods with a low glycemic index help the body absorb sugar slowly, preventing energy slumps. Fats and proteins including nuts, olive oil and whole grains, have low glycemic properties. Increasing magnesium intake is helpful because it contains chemical reactions that breakdown glucose. The recommended magnesium intake for men is 350 milligrams a day and 300 milligrams a day for women.

Drinking water hydrates the body and prevents dehydration, which is a factor that causes fatigue. Consuming coffee is another energy enhancer.

Exercise increases energy naturally by releasing positive stress hormones in the form of norepinephrine and epinephrine. Walking on a regular basis provides enough exercise to build more energy.

Managing stress and reducing workloads are important because stress can be a burden on the body. Relaxation therapies such as tai chi and yoga are good techniques to lower stress and conserve energy. Taking a power nap for an hour also prevents the brain from processing excessive amounts of information.

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