GUEST POST By Stephen Eddey Principal of Health Schools Australia QLD and qualified Nutritionist and Naturopath
As the end of the day approaches, many of us are familiar with that dreaded feeling of fatigue and exhaustion. Now, after 10 years of research, Japanese scientists have discovered a super antioxidant secret found naturally in our bodies which may be the secret to help maintain longer lasting energy.
Ubiquinol is seen to be one of the most powerful antioxidants and it is responsible for helping to sustain sufficient energy production in some cells of the body, particularly in our main organs including the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
Essential antioxidants can become depleted from stress, low level fatigue and over exertion, so if you are struggling to bounce back from fatigue, your Ubiquinol levels may be low.
So if you are one of the people who suffer from the dreaded 3pm slump, here are some tips for you:
1. Sleep Well
You should aim to achieve at least eight hours of sleep per night. A restful sleep allows your body to restore energy and heal for the coming day. No amount of coffee will ever be as effective as a good night’s sleep, and in the long run may have detrimental effects in regards to your health.
2. Get up early
Rising at least half an hour earlier than your set wake up time will benefit you enormously throughout the day. Go for a walk or a run to get the blood pumping through your body. This in turn will help awaken your cells so they are able to generate energy to last you through your day.
Have a bottle of water on hand at your desk at all times. Taking small sips consistently throughout the day will ensure that digestion, circulation of blood, and body temperature control all occurs naturally and effectively. Without this hydration, your body has to work harder to regulate these functions, which in turn depletes our natural energy sources as the day wears on.
4. Eat a nutritious lunch
If you’re busy and you’re feeling tempted to skip lunch, you may want to reconsider your decision. Not allowing yourself a substantial and nutritious lunch will lead to feelings of lethargy and fatigue before the day is up. Include some protein such as eggs, beans, fish, chicken, and some leafy green vegetables: Spinach, kale, or broccoli. These vegetables assist in enhancing Vitamin C and Iron in the body, two minerals that are essential in the energy production process.
5. Nutritional support
If you are lacking energy, you may well be low in Ubiquinol, a key antioxidant which helps support energy production in the body. Ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10 is responsible for 90% of the energy in our plasma and it works directly in the body to help produce optimal energy.
Instead of grabbing an energy drink check, your CoQ10/Ubiquinol levels. While Ubiquinol is present in foods such as spinach and tuna, excessive amounts would need to be consumed to get the best possible benefits. Ubiquinol is available in a softgel form through Australian leading supplement brands.
Consult your healthcare practitioner on strategies for your health.
About Stephen Eddey
Stephen Eddey is a qualified Nutritionist and Naturopath and is the Principal of Australia’s longest established natural medicine college, Health Schools Australia. He has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in Health Science and PhD in Nutritional Medicine.