5 Natural Energy Boosting Options

Many people have a hard time finding enough energy to get through their day with so many responsibilities at work or home. In an effort to accomplish everything, turning to a quick fix by downing a caffeine-filled energy drink, a pot of coffee or indulging in a candy bar may feel like the only option, but it often serves to drain energy in the long run.

Too much caffeine can have a dehydrating effect while sugar causes our body’s system to crash in addition to other negative health benefits. Fortunately, there are healthier and more effective options available for boosting energy.

Physical activity

When you already feel like you’re lacking energy, exercising may be the last thing you want to do, but working out will serve to increase energy levels providing the boost you need to get through that busy day. By incorporating 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity into your day, you’ll sleep better at night which also boosts energy the next day.

Eat healthy snacks between meals

Many of us experience an afternoon energy slump. By incorporating healthy snacks into your diet, it can help the body maintain higher energy levels throughout the day. Consider combining healthy carbs like carrot sticks and apple slices with a handful of almonds.

Nutrition packed juices, such as pure carrot juice can also provide a much-needed energy boost.

Stay hydrated

If you don’t get enough water your energy levels will drop. Dehydration quickly leads to feelings of lethargy. Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to boost energy and make sure your body runs efficiently.

Drinking caffeine-free herbal tea or water infused with lemon juice is a great way to stay hydrated if you get tired of drinking plain old water.

The old adage is true: Don’t skip breakfast

While the saying may seem old and worn out, that may be because it’s true. Eating a healthy breakfast each day has been shown to not only increase energy levels but tend to keep those who eat it more alert throughout the day compared to those who don’t.

Unfortunately, those sweet treats like donuts or other processed foods won’t help, and will probably hurt in the long run. Complex carbohydrates found in whole grains like healthy cereals paired with a little protein and fruit are optimal.

Relaxation techniques

Take time to practice deep breathing or even meditation in the morning, just before bed or even on a lunch break. Sessions of just five or ten minutes can help to reduce stress levels, instantly improving energy. It will also help you sleep better and allow you to deal with stress better when those inevitable challenges do come your way.

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K.C. Dermody

K.C. Dermody is a freelance writer, writing for YCN, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports, and OMG! Yahoo as well as other web content projects, and working on a historical fiction novel based in ancient Ireland. She has a passion for travel, having traveled to over 40 U.S. states, Ireland many times, as well as other European countries, Mexico, Barbados and St. Vincent. She also has a love of history and an addiction to sports, especially the Oakland Raiders.

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