Tuesday, April 17, 2012


don't make these MISTAKES

Around 2 - 4pm I find that my energy levels are depleted and I need a pick me up. Body and Soul have four tips to help beat the afternoon slump. In physics, energy is defined as "the capacity to work". Physical energy is the fuel  that drives the  human body's performance. From a scientific  point of view, energy  management is simple.

Fuel the body
Eat four to five smaller meals throughout the day. For breakfast and lunch, ensure you eat some protein. Protein contains tyrosine, which is converted into the alertness neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine helps boost energy levels and concentration. 
{Protein rich foods include eggs, nuts, baked beans, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, meat, dairy, grains}

Move baby move
Physical activity and strategic movement keeps circulation pumping throughout the body. Just like computers have an energy-saving mode when they are not being used, so does the human body. Get up off your back side and move at least every 90 minutes.

Work in waves
The study of biological rhythms shows we can concentrate and perform high level cognitive processing (thinking) tasks for 90 - 120 minute. Set your day up to work in 90 minutes to two hours followed by a five to fifteen minute brain break.

Recharge and refresh
Sustaining energy levels throughout the day actually starts the night before, with a deep, restorative sleep. Aim to get between 7-8 hours sleep and constantly switch off before going to bed each night.

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