Many people believe that the best ways to boost their energy levels quickly include drinking coffee, energy drinks or taking some sort of artificial stimulant. However, there are also some great natural alternatives that will help you stay energized throughout the day.
Read on and discover 5 things you can do to naturally ramp up your energy levels that will also contribute to your fitness and to your overall health.
1: Eat the Right Foods
The first thing you should do is get rid of processed carbs in your diet (and your kitchen) as much as possible. These can cause spikes in your blood sugar which can actually cause you to feel drained of energy. Instead, try to include natural starchy carbs like oatmeal, sweet potato’s and yams at the proper times (like after your workout) to boost your energy levels.
The steady energy release from slow-burning carbohydrate sources will sustain you throughout the day and you won’t experience sugar-like energy crashes caused by processed simple-carbs.
Filling up with fiber from whole, natural foods will also help you digest your food more slowly. This helps you maintain your energy levels for hours.
Eat a high protein, high fat, low carb breakfast. This will help keep you in fat-burning mode while also keeping your cravings at bay and preventing hunger pangs. Eating more healthy fats will give you an energy surge without the crash.
As mentioned in this video, when you eat certain foods is just as important as what you eat when it comes to staying energized.
If you start your day with high-carb foods (especially simple carbs from processed foods), you’ll find yourself suffering from hunger pangs and craving more and more junk food all day long.
2: Drink water
Water is your friend! Make sure you get at least 8 glasses of water or more per day. This will help you maintain both your health and energy levels. If you’re thirsty, you’re going to feel hungry and sleepy and your energy levels will most likely plummet.
Do you think just water is too plain? Try adding some lemon. See also: Simple Drink To Lose Fat, Detoxify And Boost Your Energy
Another great addition to your drink menu is green tea. It is chock full of antioxidants and other health boosting nutrients and it also has some naturally occurring caffeine to help fuel your energy levels.
3: Choose Natural Supplements
To maintain your energy levels and your health, it’s important to get your vitamins and minerals. Of course, eating a variety of vibrant fibrous veggies, fresh organic and preferably grass-fed meats will ensure you are not left with nutritional deficiencies.
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However, for some extra energy, you can also try some natural supplements like tyrosine. This is an amino acid that will boost you up. You can also get it from foods like cottage cheese, eggs and smoked salmon.
4: Get your rest
Get sufficient sleep. For most of us this means about 8 hours per night. Sleep in a cool dark room and try to wake up at the same time every morning. This will help your body get into a rhythm. Also, shut down any electronics like your television, computer or laptop. Many people also find that a pre-bedtime ceremony – like light reading or a candlelit bubble bath – helps them wind down at night.
5: Move, stretch and breathe
Stretching gives your body a much needed break while increasing your circulation, especially if you spend a lot of your day sitting down. It gets the blood flowing and it’s a great way to invigorate your muscles. Try to take slow deep breaths while you stretch in order to relax and revive your body and mind.
Use these simple tips to keep yourself energized and you’ll never have to find yourself in that afternoon slump, or dragging through your day. You’ll have all the energy and vitality you need to accomplish everything on your daily to-do list… and that without having to resort to energy drinks or artificial boosters.