Busy but Healthy: Fight Tiredness, Stress and Fatigue With Nutrition

A busy working life can often leave you feeling drained, especially if you are pulling in long hours at the office with limited or bad nutritional fuel for your body. The addition of stress to the mix can then compound the problem of fatigue and tiredness. Being a businesswoman does not mean its ok to neglect yourself. The same vigor you use to pursue new contracts, diligently organize the office and effectively run the business, should be applied to your powerhouse, namely, your body.

However, it is not only work that is at fault, seasonal changes often play havoc on your body. Knowing how to feed your body for the summer season is important so that you are less likely to succumb to fatigue and exhaustion. Work demands do not, after-all, wait for you to feel at your peak before they require your full attention.

The trick is to apply your savvy business skills into taking care of the constant tiredness and stress that is likely affecting both your professional and personal life. However, the great news is that not all lost. It is about time to fill your calendar with not only crucial meetings but also, essential energy building nutritional moments, worth keeping. Just like a great personal assistant, a proper diet is a valuable component of everyday life and it will help you recover your energy levels sooner rather than later.   


Light Meals and Loads of Vitamins

The arrival of the warmer months will also reflect on your dietary needs. During this time, the metabolism needs nutrients that provide it with energy fast, so it can be ready to adapt to the new conditions. Plus, our body is no longer storing energy reserves – as in winter. The first rule is to, therefore, avoid high-calorie dishes and reduce the consumption of foods rich in fats and sugars, such as those found in cured meats, cheeses and sweets.  

In addition to adding weight, highly processed food full of empty calories also weighs down the digestive system and that leads to a feeling of fatigue. The easiest way to achieving nutritional requirements you truly need would be to, ideally, cook your meal at home by yourself. However, your time consuming schedule might not always make this possible, so foreplanning is required. When ordering your meals or purchasing them from restaurants, think about what your body needs the most. Basically this comprises of micronutrients which are useful in activating all the metabolic functions, predominantly, vitamins and minerals.


The Anti-Fatigue Crew

Among the chief anti-fatigue vitamins is B1 (or thiamine) that is essential for the energy production and for the health of nerve cells. In fact, typical signs of a deficiency are tired, dullness in the legs and depression. Whole grains, legumes and seeds (peanuts, sunflowers) are rich in this vitamin. Vitamin C, as it is known, is also important for its antioxidant activity and for the functionality of the immune system. It is found in citrus fruits, broccoli, kiwi, cabbage, strawberries, raspberries, papaya, mango, peppers, tomatoes, spinach and blackcurrant.

To these, we can add other substances, such as inositol or carnitine, which carry out a detoxifying, energetic and immunostimulating action. The first is contained in citrus fruits, whole grains, nuts, oilseeds and in meat; the second mainly in red meats and dairy products.


Natural is Always Best

In the past, to combat spring fatigue, doctors prescribed a so-called restorative cure, perhaps based on cod liver oil or iron vials.

Today, in herbal shops and both online and offline pharmacies offers of natural restorers is wide to include medicinal herbs like cissus quadrangularis, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and royal jelly. All of them are blessed with the high amount of vitamin B and minerals and can be added to soups, salads and milk.

Even in Chinese medicine, the liver reactivates in the spring, therefore, the herbal infusions such as dandelion, boldo and milk thistle are widely used to give it back energy, as opposed to the reverse offered by fatty foods.  

To overcome a period of excessive fatigue concomitantly with a period of stressful work in which you have less time to devote to yourself to particular treatments, you can temporary rely on vitamin and food supplements. Remembering the importance of investing in quality products that guarantee a correct balance of the elements and a purity in their production.

Finally, remember that in addition to nutrition, it is very important to safeguard sleep. A regular cycle of sleep corresponds to 8 hours a day. Now, this idea is not wrong in itself and for itself but it does not take into account some fundamental factors. Namely, there is no actual standard time frame. Every period of the year and life requires the appropriate amount of hours. Not to mention that every one of us is a little bit different. So, listen to your body, and respect it at least as much as you respect your colleagues, your clients and your work and the final results will be awesome. 

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