Natural Energy Boosters
No offense to Joe, but mainlining caffeine is not the only way to perk up.
Everybody get a day or two or three …. during the week where they feel like a zombie all day.
If your worries or to-do lists keep you up, or if you don't wake up feeling refreshed, it's hard not to give into the lure of energy drinks the next day.
The problem with most energy drinks is the combination of caffeine and sugar are guaranteed to make you crash. With a little training and some habit changes, you can easily boost your energy level throughout the day without relying on caffeine. If you’re ready to break free from caffeine, the following at least some of these different ways you can boost your energy level and take on what life has to throw at you. Fight fatigue and get your spark back with with these natural energy boosters – a real renewable energy.
1) Orange-Lens Glasses
Let us start with the night before. iPhones, Kindle, iPad, tablets and with so much going on around us, it is easy to not fall asleep without holding one of these devices. We often have a hard time sleeping at night and an even harder time tearing ourself away from the computer. If you reach for your smartphone or sleep with the TV on, the blue light these devices emit may be suppressing your body’s ability to secrete melatonin, a sleep hormone. Glasses with orange lenses block the melatonin-robbing light coming from your devices so you can sleep better at night and feel more energized in the morning!
As an added bonus wearing one of these orange-lens glasses you will look like you are ready to shoot someone, so nobody will mess with you!
2) Have a Good Night Sleep
Your basal sleep need isn’t only a function of the duration of your slumber, but of its quality as well. For this reason, seven hours of solid sleep is often much better than eight or even nine hours of restless rest. Keep in mind that every person collects a “sleep debt” as time goes by. It’s cumulative, and at one point you will have to pay your debt. Unless we actually sleep we simply mask this sleeping hours debt!
A good night sleep is the basis for a productive next-day. For instance, if you only get six hours of sleep per night Monday through Friday, but need 7 hours to feel refreshed, you’re going to need to make up those “lost” hours of sleep on the weekend. As the week will progress you will feel more and more terrible.
Invest in a good bed and pillow.
3) Day Light
While we are talking about light (and darkness), just 15 minutes in the sun may help you feel less sluggish, according to a recent Dutch study. Researchers found that people who saw more daylight felt less fatigued than those who spent more time in the dark. It's not surprising you feel tired when you're stuck inside a cold office with fluorescent lighting. "Sunlight energizes and elevates mood," says Dr. Lorraine Maita, a board certified internist and author of Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier in Short Hills, New Jersey. When your eyes are exposed to natural light, they send a signal to the areas of your brain responsible for alertness, the researchers say. Simply leaving your blinds open or stepping outside may wake you up, too.
4) A Short Walk
Since you are already out for the sunshine, why not move your body a bit. It is during mid day and the sluggish feeling creeps in. You need your energy boost, go for a 10-minute walk. As you walk, focus your thoughts on what you feel most positive about. After the walk, make a mental note of how you feel. “This simple technique combines the power of gratefulness with the positive effects of walking and exercise, flooding your brain with happy neurotransmitters and endorphins. It’s a simple yet powerful exercise that energizes the mind and body and builds mental and physical muscle,” says Jon Gordon author of “Become an Energy Addict”.
The physical activity boosts your heart rate, metabolism, and blood flow. Why not march down to your co-worker’s desk instead of picking up the phone or take the stairs if you can.
5) Breathe Deeply
Your day has been stressful. You’re about to go into another meeting, but you’re feeling low on energy. Relax, stress makes breathing more rapid, which can decrease the oxygen supply to the brain. To re-energize put the tip of your tongue behind your upper teeth. Inhale through your nose for four counts. Hold the breath for seven counts, then exhale for eight counts. Simple and effective way to relax and focus your energy!
6) Chew Mint-Gum
While you breath deeply you might want to have a fresh breath. Chewing gum, ideally peppermint gum for a refreshing a deep breath. Gum can boost your alertness, attention span, and mood. Chewing triggers an increase in your heart rate and cortisol levels, which are both linked to energy.
7) Cat Naps
Contrary to popular Western beliefs, napping is actually an excellent productivity tool. Several major companies around the world have instituted nap policies based on studies that have found that employees are more responsive, more productive and more energetic after a 20 minute nap. Even a 20-minute nap is better than nothing. The maximum nap you should take is between 60-90 minutes. Otherwise you will get into a sleep wave you really do not want to find yourself if you wish to continue staying up. So just don’t sleep too much longer or you’ll pass the “sweet spot” and your body will think it is “Lalatime”.
8) Eat Correctly
Sugars and artificial stimulants can actually keep you running on “overdrive.” And while this may sound like a good idea, crashing from one of these artificial highs hits you hard – ultimately tanking your overall energy levels.
Try to have smaller more frequent meals which are rich in protein, Vitamin B, Magnersium,
Add a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your daily diet. Increase your intake of whole grains, particularly bran cereal and if possible eat more fish and poultry. Try to avoid too much carbohydrate during your lunch and reduce your sugar intake.
Amino acid L-carnitine and the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid can boost both memory and energy, possibly by improving the way body cells produce energy. In general, you can consume the right amount of both nutrients by taking a daily multivitamin (see your doctor first) and eating a well-balanced diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables.
9) Stay Hydrated
Your body and your brain are mostly water. Preferably drink some ice cold water to refresh you. When you get dehydrated, everything slows down – including your mind. Staying hydrated will allow you to stay on track and keep up the pace in a natural, healthy way.
10) Sniffing Box
Keep a sniff box by your desk. If you have dried rosemary in your kitchen, crush a small handful and box it, take a whiff or three. The herb’s intense woody fragrance is known to herbalists as an invigorating stimulant. Alternatively, sniffing some tobacco can put you on a alert too. Traditionally it is sniffed or inhaled lightly after a pinch of snuff is either placed onto the back surface of the hand, held pinched between thumb and index finger, or held by a specially made "snuffing" device.
11) Listen To Music
Too shy to sing yourself, according to a study in the Journal of Music Therapy listening to your favorite song gives us a mood lift and positive energy. Researchers measured people’s arousal levels after singing along or just listening to one song and found that the subjects felt more energetic after a “music session”.
12) High-Energy Friends
Associate yourself with people who help motivate and uplift you to revitalize your body and mind. Their energy and enthusiasm will soon enough rub off on you. Which kind of brings another point , LAUGH! Tell jokes or funny things that happened to during the weekend or at some point in your life, this always makes your co-workers laugh. Who knows maybe they will tell something funny about themselves and than you will really laugh hard! :-)
13) See Your Doctor
If you chronically feel tired and with low energy, you should defiantly see a doctor about it. There are so many reasons that could cause you low energy levels and they do not have to be complex or scary!Perhaps as a start you could have your thyroid checked. If it’s not producing enough thyroid hormone, it could be making you feel tired and run-down. A simple blood test will tell.
14) Coffee Substitute and Caffeine Alternatives
If you must go with coffee because there are no decent coffee alternatives around at least be strategic with your coffee or energy drink and you’ll get an extended boost in alertness. Most people need about 100 milligrams (mg) to 200 mg of caffeine, depending on their body-weight (coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine in a 5-ounce cup, though the content varies based on the strength of the brew.) Over-the-counter caffeine pills also are available in 100 mg or 200 mg doses.
It takes about 15 to 30 minutes for you to feel the effect of the caffeine, and the benefit will last for three to four hours. If you plan strategically to use the caffeine every few hours, you can keep yourself at a pretty good level of performance.
While coffee makes university life and businesses turn round, you can’t subsist on lattes and Americanos for long. Try some of these healthy alternatives to coffee to give your study brain a boost.
DATE SEED COFFEE - A NATURAL ENERGY BOOSTER
A delicious and healthy coffee substitute that is growing in popularity. It tastes like coffee, even brews like coffee, is naturally caffeine-free, non-acidic (so you will not suffer from acid re-flux) and extremely energizing!
Modern research have shown that the date seed could be used as a medicinal food.
Whether you are looking for a naturally gluten-free caffeine alternative to boost your energy, or a natural supplement to Atherosclerosis treatment and prevention. The date seed is rich in minerals, ions, vitamins, phenolics and antioxidants. In addition to its nutritional content, date stone is believed to heal heartburn, improve the immune system from free radical attack and aid in digestion -to mention just a few of the date seed's health benefits.
The date seed contains glucomannan, which helped to normalize blood sugar, relieved stress on the pancreas, and discouraged blood sugar abnormalities such as hypoglycaemia and prevented many chronic diseases. Furthermore, Rahman & Al–Kharusi, 2004 showed in their research that Date–pits contain amino acids and hormones that could help improve memory. The best of all it is a serious caffeine-free energy booster that can keep you all day and night without the “jitters” and coffee crash that come after drinking caffeinated drinks.
Kombucha is a type of yeast that can be fermented with tea, sugar, and other flavors to make an energizing hot beverage. While the benefits of Kombucha are debated, many claim that it is useful for treating memory loss, the perfect sell for exam time coffee substitutes!
Yerba mate has been used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for centuries, and the plant’s benefits and therapeutic properties have recently been verified by a number of scientific studies. Yerba Mate provides a wealth of nutrients however unlike the other alternatives we mentioned here, Yerba mate is exploding with caffeine for those who can't start the day without a cup o' caffeine. It is also packed with nutrients and is widely known for not having the heavy "crash" that coffee can bring.