just 1g of chlorella and spirulina contains a similar amount of vitamins and minerals as 1000g of most fruit and vegetables
How to boost your energy this Christmas?
The festive season is supposed to be a time for fun, joy and celebration. So why does it leave so many people feeling utterly wiped out? Christmas shopping alone can be exhausting, not to mention the strength-sapping anxiety that comes with trying to please everyone, even if you'd prefer to hibernate and forget all about it.
The time of year also makes many Brits feel tired and moody, thanks to all those gloomy days and long nights. No wonder so many of us feel like we need another holiday to recover in the New Year. But besides wishing Christmas isn't going to happen this year, here are five ways to keep your energy levels up all the way through to spring:
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
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