Natural Energy Boosters
You’ve probably heard that sustainable energy is good for the planet. However, your personal energy level is also sustainable, and properly sustaining it can be good for your health.
Your energy level can fluctuate throughout any given day. Many of us hit a midday slump after lunch, for example, and a cup of coffee often seems to be a quick solution. While coffee and tea can indeed be natural energy lifters, the energy it provides are the result of chemical stimulants that may not be healthy. More healthful and nourishing forms of energy are actually available.
Some natural ways to revitalize yourself:
- Physical activity – Take a brisk walk
- Spend a little time in the sun
- Do breathing exercises – Certain breathing exercises can invigorate the body
- Do some stretching
- Splash cold water on your face and wrists
- Take a brief “power nap” – as little as 10-15 minutes can often work wonders
- Try aromatherapy – Some scents can be energizing, like citrus and mint
If you find yourself at the computer for long periods during your day, make sure you take occasional breaks, stretch, and get a walk in the fresh air, when possible.
Eating for Energy
It’s no surprise that what you eat can affect your energy. The following provide more sustained energy:
- Fresh fruits – especially, fruits high in vitamin C
- Raw vegetables
- Lean proteins – protein gives you sustained energy
Some foods can actually help drain you of energy. You’ll want to avoid:
- Refined sugars – they can give you a quick boost in the beginning, but ultimately your energy will dip back down – often deeper than before you had the sugary drink or snack
- Meals high in carbohydrates
- Large meals
Sustain Your Energy Regularly
Having sustained energy is about more than just the occasional quick fix. You’ll want to build the foundation for good health and natural energy reserves everyday – and every night.
- Eat well (see recommendations above)
- Get plenty of exercise
- Get a good night’s sleep