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Beat Tiredness Without Coffee

Update Date: Jan 15, 2016 09:22 AM EST

On your third cup of coffee and still feeling exhausted? There may be something else that you need to do! As per Irish Examiner, "This could indicate two things," Ella Allred, nutritionist at NutriCentre says, "the first being, that your sleep quality or time is not what it should be, or secondly, it could mean that your adrenal glands need nourishing." The experts said that we need at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to feel refreshed next morning. "Melatonin is the hormone that your body secretes to send you to sleep. To boost its levels you can snack on foods packed with tryptophan, an amino acid that converts into 5HTP and then into melatonin. Think turkey, chocolate, peanuts and bananas," explains Allred. "Your adrenal glands are two almond shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys. Their job is to excrete adrenaline and cortisol, your stress hormones. They get you out of bed in the morning, help to regulate your energy levels and help us get out of danger," explains Allred. There are times when your adrenal glands are overworked and undernourished. This is when you need to check your diet.

Nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville says, "Eliminate caffeine as it's a stimulant and it can interfere with your natural circadian rhythm. Regulating your blood sugar levels is also key. If we go without food for a long period of time, then this creates a stress reaction, draining adrenals. "You can also help your glands with vitamins and minerals. Go for B vitamins, magnesium, chromium, curcumin and L-theanine. Try a ready made formula, such as NHP's Tranquil Woman Support," as reported by Irish Examiner

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