We all get tired – it’s an inevitable fact. Sometimes we’re tired at the worst times and wish we had something like an adrenaline shot. Many people opt to use those flashy advertised products that promise they’ll keep you alert for X amount of hours. The problem is that they often contain artificial chemicals and ingredients that can be very detrimental to our health. Luckily we don’t have to resort to those; there are plenty of natural energy boosters that are safe to use. Here are our top 7 natural energy boosters:
- Vitamin D
- Vegetable/Fruit Filled Water
- Vitamin B
- Power Naps
- Athletic Green Premium Cocktail
In addition to the obvious caffeine boost coffee contains, it also contains many antioxidants and nutrients that aid in making us more alert and awake. Try to stick with black coffee or with low cream and/or sugar. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers tend to have a lower risk of liver disease, cancer and type II diabetes. Coffee has also been proven to boost your metabolism, which is great if you’re trying to burn fat.
Tea is a natural remedy that gives our body energy. Teas have a bunch of benefits, like fat loss, anti-cancer properties, and improved brain function. A cup of tea after a long day will sharpen your brain function and increase awareness. Teas also come in a variety of flavors from green, black to white tea – all of which give a great energy boost and can keep you away from high sugar energy drinks that will cause a crash later.
You might be surprised how much energy you gain from this simple vitamin. Many people are not getting enough vitamin D in their diet. Eating foods high in vitamin D will give you a big boost of energy without needing any sort of artificial supplement. Such foods include fish, eggs, fortified orange juice with vitamin D, and milk products (almond milk, coconut milk, dairy milk). Sunlight exposure is also a source of vitamin D. If these sources are hard to come by, vitamin D supplements are a great alternative.
Dehydration is a sneaky reason for many people feeling low in energy. A quick glass of water can boost our energy by simply quenching our thirst. Adults should try to drink about 10 glasses of water per day. A big boost of energy will come if you add vegetables or fruits to your water. Adding foods like lemon, cucumber, lime, or mint can stop dehydration and also give you all the benefits of the food as well!
Like vitamin D, many people lack the proper amount of vitamin B in their diets. This is a major cause of low energy, weakness, and fatigue. Vitamin B is one of the best vitamins for energy. Many medical clinics will give concentrated B12 shots to patients who have heavy fatigue due to the side effects of a different prescription drug. Foods to eat that can give you loads of vitamin B are fish, shellfish, eggs, fortified cereals, and supplements.
Sometimes all you need is a quick 10-20 minute nap. The benefit of a power nap is that it can be done pretty much anytime and anywhere. A nap allows us to get the benefits of sleeping without going into our full deep sleep. A proper nap will refresh your brain’s alertness and have you feeling well rested. Be careful not to fall into deep sleep after the 20 minutes are up! An extra long nap can cause you to feel groggy and very unsatisfied.
Sometimes there’s just not enough time to get all your fruits and/or vegetables in your diet daily. The daily recommendation is 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, which can be very difficult depending on your situation. Athletic Greens has made an incredible cocktail that includes 12 servings of fruits and vegetables all in one superfood drink. The cocktail naturally boosts your energy and nutrient absorption in your body. So even after you drink your cocktail you will absorb foods better afterwards as well, making this the best energy supplement.