Recharge your Batteries

Are you running a bit low on energy these days? This is probably due to lack of sun exposure during the winter.

Luckily you can change your energy levels just by eating and drinking the right stuff. Poor eating habits will leave you lacking in energy, less able to cope and weaken your immune system. Your diet affects your energy levels throughout the day, whether you are exercising hard or just trying to eat healthy and stay sharp at work.

Regular meals are important but keep a selection of healthy snacks to hand, such as fresh or dried fruit, yogurts, nuts and seeds.

Including fibre-containing foods such as porridge, whole-grain bread, potatoes, pasta or rice with meals will keep you fuller for longer and help maintain your energy levels.

Vegetables like spinach, broccoli and asparagus are loaded with A, C, E and K vitamins, plus magnesium, all important in the production of energy. Great for snacking and meals, these vegetables are instant energy providers.

Fruits have long been known to give a boost of simple sugars. They are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Oranges are a superb choice for fast energy, and freshly squeezed orange juice is digested even faster.

And then there’s the wine. Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.

And don’t forget the sparkle! Sparkling wine is not just for Christmas, it’s for life! Being alive is a celebration in itself and therefore you can enjoy a glass whenever and where ever you like. So go head and add some sparkle to your life. It will not just uplift your spirit, it will give you some energy as well.