Do you find yourself hitting that 3pm slump every day? A significant amount of us will answer yes to this question. We’re all guilty of hitting that snooze button once or twice more than we should – but if this is becoming routine for you, you need to evaluate your daily habits. We have debunked the reasons to why you feel exhausted, see how many you can identify with.
- Sugar Consumption
Refined carbohydrates have become a normal part of our diets, but they could be having more of an effect on your body than you realise. When you hit that afternoon slump, many of us reach to junk foods such as crisps, milk chocolate and biscuits. Although you feel energised again very quickly, the slump comes back with a vengeance. Refined sugars are easily digested, meaning your blood sugars fall and you again feel fatigued – whole grains release energy slowly which gives you a constant flow of energy.
Taking a little time every day to exercise will give you a short-term energy boost. Not only that – you will sleep better.
Drinking too much coffee or fizzy drinks mean you get a quick kick that will not last. Consuming caffeine later in the day could have a negative effect on your sleep quality.
Even mild dehydration can have a negative effect on your energy levels – try drinking one glass of water every hour for a week and see how much better you feel.
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It’s so important to look after ourselves – both physically and mentally – but in today’s modern world it has become increasingly easy to forget about ourselves and prioritise other tasks. It has become easier than ever to order takeaway or go through the drive-thru in the car when we don’t have time to sit and prepare good, wholesome, nutritional meals for ourselves and our families.
Nutrition is fundamental to overall health and diet plays a significant role in this. Ordering when out and about doesn’t have to mean we eat poorly, there are plenty of healthy options around, for example if you go for lunch with friends every week, trade your side of chips/fries for a side salad. By doing so, you are helping get your daily intake of fruit and vegetables.
When doing your supermarket trip for groceries, try to swap cookies and candies for raw seeds and nuts! Sugar can have detrimental effects on the body in large quantities, although it can be difficult to trade a sugary treat for something not as sweet, try using a healthier substitute such as raw honey or coconut sugar. Trading our favourite sugar-induced chocolate for stevia dark chocolate is a fantastic way of treating yourself without having to feel guilty afterwards.
Experts say humans should drink about 2 litres of water a day, this seems a lot to those of us who aren’t used to drinking this much water. By cutting out that extra coffee and drinking another glass of water, our body will thank us with a huge increase in energy levels, an improved complexion among several other benefits.
By following these simple steps and swapping to a more natural, chemical-free diet, you will not only look incredible but also feel amazing!
- Cut the Sugar
Many of us consume too much sugar. When combined with too little activity, all of this sugar produces too much insulin, causing a metabolic syndrome, which can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and so on. According to one study, adult stem cells lived longer in cell culture when glucose was reduced. *
- Lift Weights, and Stay Aerobically Active
Research shows that stem cells in muscles are increased by exercise and, further, that weight lifters have better stem cells in their muscles. **
- Reduce Your Calories
Even short-term calorie restriction can improve stem cell function.
One study showed that when you calorie restrict mice, their muscle stem cells have improved function. *** This extends all the way down to the cellular level, as mitochondria are also more plentiful in these mice. Also, this effect worked well in both young and old mice.
You don’t have to restrict calories for a long time; even short-term reduction in calories will still improve stem cells.
- Avoid Prescription Medications when Possible
There are many prescription drugs that hurt stem cells; we base this on our experience with growing stem cells for over a decade. We have seen, over and over, patients whose stem cells we are unable to grow due to a certain medication the patient is taking. The list of prohibited medications is long, so always talk to your doctor about what you need to restrict, and which medication is likely OK.
You know when you get a craving for a particular food; fried, greasy and full of calories? We know that eating greasy food increases inflammation in the body, but do you know what other effects if has on you?
- Gut Bacteria
Consuming a juicy cheeseburger may satisfy your wants for two minutes, but the bacteria in your gut won’t thank you for it. In order to function properly, your body needs a whole range of vitamins and minerals, many of these are found in unrefined, unprocessed foods such as fruit and veg. The microorganisms in your gut need unsaturated fats from fish and avocados, so putting fast-food into your system will completely throw your immune health and hormones off course to a huge extent.
- Your Skin
Constantly putting in greasy food to your body results in your skin developing conditions like acne. Although acne is commonly associated with teenagers, adult acne is very common, much of it down to ingesting too much greasy food on a regular basis.
- Digestive Problems
After consuming greasy food, a rise in trips to the bathroom is not uncommon. As the food sits in your stomach, digestive problems and stomach pains are expected, resulting in huge discomfort for a time after eating. These issues are associated with inflammation in the body leading to more severe problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and reflux.
- Heart Disease
Frequently consuming greasy food means you are at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Cholesterol levels are typically higher for individuals consuming such foods. Obesity is more common among those consuming greasy food along with high blood pressure and type two diabetes.
Intermittent fasting is a great way to trigger stem cell activation.
There are many studies showing how fasting for up to 3 days may reduce inflammation and boost the immune system by increasing white blood cell count.*
Prolonged fasts have also been shown to regulate stem cell populations independently of chemotherapy, helped to reverse senescence, and impact regeneration.
Fasting may also reduce damage in bone marrow stem cells and protect against chemotoxicity.