5 Energy Boosting Tips That Do Not Include Working Out
When you visit a store, you’re probably bombarded with energy boosting options. From vitamins and herbal supplements to energy drinks, the options are endless. Even soft drinks and snack foods come with added energy boosters nowadays.
There is little to no evidence that well-known energy boosters, such as guarana, ginseng and chromium picolinate actually have an effect on your energy levels. Furthermore, if you’ve been considering upping your caffeine intake or grabbing something sweet for a quick energy fix, think again. Sugar and stimulants such as caffeine, often have a short-term effect on the body and are notorious for midday crashes.
Your best bet? Try something natural. Here are 5 unique tips that help us get through any day:
Juice your greens
If several servings of veggies throughout the day isn’t your cup of tea, try juicing your greens. A glass of fresh veggie juice can act like a positive shock to your body. Since you’re cutting the fiber from the veggies by juicing them, it makes it far easier for your body to absorb and digest the nutrients in them, thereby resulting in a noticeable increase in energy. Juicing your veggies is also an excellent way to eliminate toxins from your body and feed your cells the nutrients they require to produce energy throughout the day.
Our favorite energy boosting green juice includes a combination of kale, cucumber, ginger, lime juice, apple and mint. Try your best to avoid store-bought juices as they’re packed with preservatives, fruit concentrates and hidden sugars.
One of the first signs of dehydration includes feeling tired. Sometimes you may not even feel thirsty enough but even the tiniest dips in your hydration levels can prevent your metabolism from running smoothly.
If you feel you’re not drinking enough, it helps to keep track of how much water you’re consuming. An accurate way to find out how much your body needs per day is to divide your body weight in half and drink that amount in ounces every day. However, note that you will need more than this if you workout or are active, are pregnant or nursing or suffering from a disease.
This may sound like a lot of water, but having water-rich fruits and vegetables, such as lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon and citrus fruits can greatly up your daily water intake.
Additionally, you can also grab some coconut water instead of your usual coffee or energy drink, as it is naturally rich in electrolytes that will give you more energy.
Sip on some green tea
Coffee isn’t the only hot beverage that can amp your energy levels. Surprisingly, green tea does not even contain the same amount caffeine as coffee. It contains much less. So how does it work?
Green tea is packed with catechin, an antioxidant that fights free radical damage in your body and thus keeps your mood and energy levels lifted. Matcha is an excellent choice for green tea lovers as the benefits it offers are three-fold.
Rooibos tea is another option that can help fight fatigue. It’s a refreshing drink rich in antioxidants, such as aspalathin that helps regulate adrenal hormones and hence, inhibits stress and boosts energy levels in the body.
Sniff some peppermint
If you’re looking for a quick way to stimulate your mind, elevate focus and increase your positive energy levels, keeping peppermint oil on your desk can help. Whenever you’re looking for a quick boost, open the lid and get a quick whiff of this refreshing essential oil.
Peppermint oil is known for increasing oxygen levels in the brain in aromatherapy, which helps boost your focus and your productivity levels.
You can also dab a few drops on your wrist if you’re lacking energy or add it to your essential oil diffuser.
Tap your thymus
You can find your thymus at the center of your chest, right below your collar bone. Tapping the thymus helps stimulate the production of T-cells, which can help increase energy levels, vitality and strength, and even reduce stress.
The best part about this technique is that it can be performed anywhere, without the need for added aids. Simply place your fingertips on your thymus and tap it for just 20 seconds while slowly breathing in and out for an instant energy lift.
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