Have you ever found yourself feeling lackluster and easily tired by the simplest of tasks? A cup or two of coffee just ain’t doing it the way it used to? Then it’s time to get up and combat fatigue with these natural ways of picking up your energy, and upping your productivity as well.
Sometimes caffeine, the main energy-boosting component found in coffee and chocolate, can be addicting and too much can cause dependence and uncomfortable restlessness. Here are natural energy boosters without caffeine that are proven to liven up your spirit and leave you healthier than before.
Eat Your Leafy Greens!
One of the most common causes of fatigue is a low iron count, also widely known as iron deficiency anemia. Iron is vital in our bodies production of energy, and without it, you may find that you are constantly dragging yourself all over the place. Besides greens such as spinach and kale, you can also get this from lean meat and dried beans. You may find iron supplements to be helpful as well.
Give Your Jaw a Workout
If feeling low, I found that chewing crunchy food gives me a feeling or alertness. At first I thought it was the sugar, but apparently eating foods like roasted nuts, celery and carrot sticks, granola bars, and pretzels makes your jaw work so hard that your facial muscles are awakened, thus making you feel more awake.
Eat Bran to Feel Bran-New
Sorry for the bad pun, I just can’t help it! Kidding aside, cereals made of bran have a whooping 792 milligrams of phosphorous, a very important mineral that breaks down protein, carbs, and fats into energy. Opt for sugar-free, and incorporate fruits into your cereal instead of that artificial sweetener for a guilt-free flavor boost!
Have Small, Frequent Feedings
Every four hours, try to take in a snack or a light meal to continuously supply your body with fuel and energy. This also keeps your blood sugars stable instead of letting it crash when you’re hungry then overeating and getting too high, as having unstable fluctuating blood sugar levels contribute to accumulating belly fat.
Keep Your Body Hydrated
Cool down and keep your body hydrated. Fatigue is often the very first sign of dehydration, and to be able to function well you need to replenish the fluids that are being lost with daily activities. Avoid high-sugar drinks as these only give you short bursts of energy.
Opt instead for refreshing natural fruit juice to give you an energy boost that’s supplemented with vitamins and minerals. And since we’re talking about natural energy boosters without caffeine, limit coffee or tea, as aside from these two drinks have caffeine, they also have diuretic properties – they stimulate you to pee, thus lowering your fluid levels even more.
Opt for Low Glycemic Foods
Keep your blood sugar levels stable and consistent by taking in foods with low glycemic load, such as oatmeal and berries, as well as complex carbs like sweet potatoes, in moderated amounts. Always avoid high glycemic foods such as white rice, potatoes, and sugary drinks that only give you short spikes of energy and leave you shaking when it is rapidly depleted afterwards.