Boosting your daytime energy levels

Boots nutritionalist Vicky Pennington shares her tips on looking after your energy levels.

While insomnia can leave you feeling drained in the day, it certainly isn't the only cause. Colds, seasonal affective disorder, and stress all play their part, too. But, using a little common sense and eating more healthily, it is possible to sustain your energy naturally.

"It's important for people not to let their diet slide into comfort eating over winter and forgetting about nutrition" says Boots nutritionist Vicky Pennington. “In summer, it seems to be easier to do the right thing, partly because there are so many fruits and vegetables available, and also because our bodies are more on display. But once the cold weather starts, we wrap up and start craving treats.


"But it's easy to get back into good habits" she says. “Sort out the basics: stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, and drop the chocolate-bar habit. Consuming such a high concentration of sugar causes an unnatural rise in your blood sugar levels, followed by a plummet both in blood sugar and, consequently, energy.


“Swap the processed carbohydrates such as white bread or pastry for whole grains - in breads and cereals - which digest more slowly and keep our blood sugar levels steady. It's important not to skip meals either; small, frequent meals are better to keep our energy balanced.


And don't forget to stay hydrated, says Vicky. “Feeling fatigued is one of the early signs of dehydration. In summer, it's easier to keep track of thirst - and icy water is refreshing to drink. But in winter, that cold glass of squash isn't as appealing; and often we don't notice that our bodies are becoming dehydrated. You should still be taking in six to eight glasses a day, although that can include tea and coffee."


The odd boost from caffeine is nothing to feel bad about, she adds: “It can give a temporary lift to the metabolism or mental focus. no more than four or five cups a day though."

Lastly, Vicky suggests taking exercise to boost energy levels. “It's tempting to stay indoors, in the warm, but do go out and have a walk to stimulate your endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in your brain," she says.


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