It’s important to keep in mind that your perceived energy level depends on several factors, not least of which is your general lifestyle and environmental conditions. These include factors such as your hydration level (when you are not enough hydrated your energy levels drop), a good diet with the right type and amount of fat and minimal sugar, a healthy sleeping pattern (7-8 hours a night), a minimum amount of stress (emotional and physical), as well as sufficient daily exposure to natural sunlight and working or training in a place with sufficient fresh air.
When the mentioned requirements are all met then you can certainly look to boost your energy and focus levels by using stimulant-based supplements such as pre-workouts, which include ingredients such as caffeine, theobromine, synephrine, tyrosine, theophylline, higenamine and phenylalanine. Consult your local supplement retailer for the best option.
A well-formulated pre-workout supplement consumed 20-30 minutes before you need an extra boost of energy or focus will give you that temporary boost you need to make you through a late night study session, a difficult workout or a long day.
When it comes to snacks, stick to high-protein, low-GI carb foods and snacks. Keep in mind that carbs, especially those in the form of simple sugar, deliver a burst or spike in energy levels before “dropping” you down when blood glucose levels drop to levels that are usually lower than they were initially. Meals containing plenty of protein and having a low carb content, with a focus on low GI carbs, tend to help maintain both energy and focus.
DRINK UP THIS ENERGIZING SPINACH SMOOTHIE IN THE EARLY MORNINGS SO YOU HAVE STAMINA FOR THE DAY!
1 banana, medium size, sliced
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon flax seed oil
1 cup of any other fresh or frozen fruit like berries, mangoes or peaches
Crushed ice as needed
- Combine the sliced bananas, spinach and about 1/2 cup of milk and blend to make it a smooth puree. There should be no lumps.
- Add the rest of milk, almonds, flax seed oil, fruit and ice. Blend again. You can adjust the amount of milk to get the desired consistency.
- Drink immediately.