Christmas is a time that draws a lot of energy for most of us, it is time we have to deal with our extended families and prepare food and gifts for a lot of people. While it is usually a wonderful occasion most people end up feeling very tired and this is not just from Christmas Day itself but from all the work that has to be done in the lead up to the big day.
With tiredness many people tend to become more moody and this is especially true at a time of year were the days are short and the nights are long. It’s not possible to simply hibernate all the way through Christmas so it can be a good idea to take some tips from this article to get you through the festive season.
1. Eat energy foods. This is the time to stock up on foods that increase your levels of serotonin, a feel-good hormone that boosts your mood and makes you feel more positive. These foods are rich in an amino acid called tryptophan, and include bananas, turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, wheatgerm, avocados, milk, cheese and pulses. Add carbohydrate-rich foods to help the tryptophan to convert into serotonin – the best types include complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, wholemeal bread and pasta.
2. Go green. Taking a high-quality natural supplement such as Nature Complete Chlorella & Spirulina 2-in-1 could also help top up your energy levels. That’s because chlorella (a green single-celled alga) and spirulina (a blue-green alga) contain a wide range of nutrients. These include magnesium, which is needed by the body to turn food into energy; iron, which is essential for energy production as it helps carry oxygen to your body’s cells; and protein, which your body also needs to produce energy (up to 70 percent of chlorella and spirulina is made of complete protein).
Nature Complete Chlorella & Spirulina 2-in-1 also contains chlorophyll, a substance that’s thought to flush out fatigue-causing toxins and heavy metals from the body. Not only that, but chlorella and spirulina are nutrient dense, even compared to fresh produce (just 1g of chlorella and spirulina contains a similar amount of vitamins and minerals as 1000g of most fruit and vegetables).
3. Stay active. It may be freezing outside, but a daily walk could boost your energy levels, as well as your immune system. Exercise may also increase your mood – some clinical studies even claim it’s as effective at treating mild depression as some types of antidepressants.
4. Stock up on daylight. If you exercise outdoors your brain will also benefit from as much natural daylight as possible too, which may make you feel less lethargic. Even if you don’t go for a walk, take as many breaks outside as possible and sit near a window whenever you can during daylight hours.
5. Be sociable. Having a night out may be the last thing you want to do if your energy levels are low. But experts believe spending time with other people, especially friends and family, helps to keep your mood – and subsequently your energy levels – up. So start accepting those party invitations now.
• Nature Complete Chlorella & Spirulina 2-in-1 costs £19.95 for 500mg x 180 tablets or £19.55 for 90g powder (around one month’s supply). It doesn’t contain any pesticide residue, fillers, binders or other additives. It is suitable for everyone including children, vegans, pregnant and nursing mothers. Available from The Nutricentre, Holland & Barratt, Waitrose and selected health supplement stores, or online at www.naturecomplete.com