Surprising Energy Boosters

on March 15, 2012

Having too much energy is a rare complaint. Most people are looking for ways to pump up their energy levels. Improve the odds that you’ll stay peppy all day with these surprising energy boosters.

Food combinations. The foods you eat and when you eat them can have a big effect on your energy level. Lean meats, beans and nuts offer protein. Adding a good, high-fiber carbohydrate will ensure your body doesn’t absorb the calories and nutrients too quickly and in turn spike blood sugar levels. Looking to prevent that afternoon energy crash? Adding a healthy fat such as olive oil or a little nut butter will slow down the release of sugars in the blood even further — providing a steady, constant stream of energy throughout the day.

Eat breakfast. The Mayo Clinic recommends that everyone consume a healthy morning meal. The human body hibernates, in effect, during sleep. Waking up your metabolism with a good breakfast containing at least 5 grams of protein will ensure a slump-free, slow release of energy until the next meal time.

Drink plenty of water. If you are not drinking an adequate amount of water each day, it will affect every system in your body. When the thirst impulse is ignored repeatedly, it can abate or mimic hunger pains. Mild dehydration is the leading cause of daytime fatigue, according to the All About Water website.

Have a peppermint. One of the most surprising and interesting energy boosters is peppermint. The scent of peppermint decreases fatigue and enhances alertness. Chew a peppermint gum, enjoy a small peppermint candy, drink peppermint tea or simply smell the scent of peppermint. Peppermint room sprays, oils and lotions will have an energizing effect, as well.

Exercise. It may feel counterintuitive and surprising to get moving when you feel more like a nap, but moderate exercise of about 30 minutes will provide you with a huge energy boost and stimulate blood flow.

Listen to upbeat music. Cranking your favorite tunes is a big energy booster and mood elevator. Sing and jump around to intensify the energy increase.

Get some sun. Exposure to a bit of sun or bright white (full spectrum) light can enhance alertness and make you feel more energetic.

Strive for optimal sleep. If you’re not sleeping at least seven hours each night, your energy level can drag and plummet. Practice good sleep hygiene by not consuming caffeinated beverages and big meals right before bedtime. Keep your bedroom cool and dark for best rest. If you’re experiencing chronic insomnia, you should speak with your doctor about what you can do to get better rest and to be sure there aren’t any underlying conditions robbing you of that crucial slumber.

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