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5 ways to boost your energy naturally

Posted by Dr. Donna Restivo on Jul 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM

In Health Tips

There are days when we could all use an energy boost. Instead of using an energy drink, try boosting your energy naturally. Positive lifestyle changes can give you the energy you need naturally without having to add a lot of chemicals and other substances that you really don't need. The chemical formulations used in many energy drinks can actually cause you to become reliant on them. Boosting your energy naturally strengthens and revitalizes the entire body.

Fast Energy

For a fast pick me up, eat an apple or banana. Fresh fruits are consider simple sugars. They break down easily and provide an instant burst of energy that can get you through until your next meal. They also provide you with an abundance of nutrients. If you want more sustained levels of energy, include a few whole grains, nuts or legumes. A fruit and granola mix is an ideal combination. It gives you the instant boost you need and the sustained energy that will keep you going for a longer period of time.

Power Naps

Power napping for 10 to 12 minutes will rejuvenate your mind and give you a boost of energy that will help you finish out your day so you can go home and relax. Power napping allows the brain to relax for a short period of time, allowing it to reset itself. A nap longer than 15 minutes can mimic the beginnings of a true sleep cycle causing the person to be more tired than when he or she first closed their eyes. Power napping isn't just for kids. Adults who perform strenuous mental and physical tasks can benefit greatly from taking a short nap to boost their energy levels and help them to think more clearly.

Exercise Regularly

Exercising regularly, especially cardio or aerobic exercises, strengthens the heart and other muscles throughout the body. Improving heart and muscle function helps to increase hormone production and also boost your metabolism. Regular exercise fine tunes metabolic processes within the body and will gradually increase your energy levels. Exercising increases strength and improves endurance allowing you to maintain a constant level of activity.

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Stick to Your Schedule

Frequently changing your schedule can throw off your body's delicate balance. If you follow the same schedule on a daily basis, your body will begin to naturally follow the same pattern. You will be less likely to need an alarm clock and more likely to feel energized and motivated during the day. Make sure to get at least eight to ten hours of sleep each day, if at all possible. This allows your body to rejuvenate itself on a cellular level, providing you with an increase in energy and improved metabolic function.

Improve Your Diet

Improving your diet will provide you with the nutrients you need to remain healthy and strong. Giving your body the fuel it needs to function will boost energy levels, improve the immune system and increase mental clarity. The ideal diet will include nutrients, sufficient calories for fuel and fiber to keep the digestive system working efficiently. Replacing processed foods with fresh fruits and vegetables will help improve the way the digestive system works allowing more calories to be burned and fewer nutrients to be wasted. An improved diet will lead to more weight loss too! Learn why diet trumps exercise when it comes to weight loss!

Keeping your energy levels high will help you stick to your schedule and complete your daily to-do list. A feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day will also help you relax and fall asleep at night, allowing you to wake up refreshed and newly motivated the next morning. Boosting your energy naturally helps the body function efficiently and improves strength and endurance as well.

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