Energy Myth Busters
Picture this scene. After a productive morning you are sitting at your desk trying to write that important email when you realise you cannot focus and are getting easily distracted from the task at hand. You are starting to yawn, your eyes are beginning to feel heavy, and almost immediately the temptation to grab a cup of coffee (or the nearest sugary snack!) whilst logging on to check social media has started to kick in. We have all been there before – a victim of the afternoon energy slump.
According to a recent study the 3pm energy lull is an issue, with nine out of ten British office workers claiming to of experienced it, resulting in a total of 24 unproductive days each year[i]. What’s more, one in five office workers even admitted to falling asleep at their desk, which surely cannot be good for the British economy[ii]! However there are ways to help with the dreaded drop in vigour; it’s a case of sorting the energy boosting facts from the fiction, and managing energy levels throughout the day.
Spatone, dispels the myths around the afternoon energy slump and gives top tips to keeping fatigue at bay.
MYTH: Eat something sugary to give you some energy.
FACT: Although reaching for something sugary might seem like a quick fix by giving you a sugar rush and an energy burst, it won’t last and your blood sugar levels will drop rapidly, leaving you where you started.
TIP: Instead of having something sugary, try eating a snack which will raise your blood sugar levels slowly and keep them up. Good options are a handful of nuts, oatcakes with peanut butter or raw carrots with hummus.
MYTH: A drop in blood sugar levels is the only culprit of an energy crash.
FACT: There are actually several reasons, one of which is to do with our circadian rhythms which are controlled by our in built body clock and tend to be at their lowest between 1-3pm, which might be why we have a slump. Another reason may be that you are low in iron, which can lead to a lack of energy and fatigue. Getting enough iron from our diets presents a real challenge as it is one of the most difficult minerals for our bodies to absorb, so for some of us dietary sources alone are not enough.
Tip: Try taking a natural iron supplement like Spatone to help maintain healthy iron levels. Maintaining your iron levels can help reduce fatigue and tiredness.
MYTH: Having caffeine will help you get over the slump.
FACT: Although caffeine can ward off fatigue temporarily it can also interfere with falling asleep at night and make your energy lag worse the next day.
TIP: Instead of having that cup of coffee make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. Aim for 6-8 glass of water throughout the day and never wait until you feel thirsty before drinking as it means that you’re already dehydrated.
MYTH: Eat a big, carbohydrate heavy lunch to keep energy slumps at bay.
FACT: You need a well balanced meal containing different types of food groups to keep you going. Starchy foods are a good source of energy but try having wholegrain varieties which help you to feel fuller.
TIP: Instead of overeating at lunch, have a light meal that contains both proteins and complex carbohydrates, and then a snack in the afternoon. If you can, try and get away from your desk for half an hour at lunch to help you feel more alert in the afternoon.
MYTH: Losing a couple of hours sleep won’t affect your energy.
FACT: Even losing a couple of hours sleep over the week can leave you feeling less alert and make you feel sluggish.
TIP: If you can aim for eight hours sleep a night and have a regular time when you go to bed. If you feel like you aren’t sleeping very well try to stop drinking alcohol, that glass of red wine may help you nod off but it also disrupts your sleep cycle.
MYTH: Exercising will make you more tired.
FACT: Exercise is actually one of the best ways to boost energy.
TIP: Exercise is not always possible in the middle of a working day, but a brisk 10 minute walk can actually do wonders and boost those energy levels.
According to the World Health Organisation iron depletion is the most common mineral deficiency worldwide. Figures from the Department of Health shows that as many as 91% of women aged 16-64 do not get their recommended daily allowance (RDA) of iron in their diets.
Spatone Apple contains Spatone iron rich water sourced from the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia National Park – which can help top up iron levels whilst causing fewer of the unpleasant side effects often experienced with conventional iron food supplements[iii]. Generally, iron is a very difficult mineral for the body to absorb. However, the iron naturally present in Spatone has been shown to be easily absorbed, with an average of 40% bioavailability[iv]. Food and iron food supplements typically have a 5-20%[v] bioavailability. Furthermore, Spatone Apple is combined with natural apple concentrate, with the vitamin C helping the absorption of iron. Spatone is available from Boots priced at £10.55 for 28 sachets (4 weeks supply).
For more info visit www.spatone.com. It is important to follow a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy balanced diet
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[iii] McKenna D, Spence D, Haggan SE, McCrum E, Dornan JC, Lappin TR. (2003) (2003). CLINICAL AND LABORATORY HAEMATOLOGY
[iv] Nelsons Nutritional Study – The significant impact of Spatone on Iron (2009)
[v] Webster-Gandy J, Madden A, Holdsworth M Ed’s (2006) Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics. Oxford University Press, Oxford.