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How to have an Energetic Day without Stimulants
How often do you find yourself feeling completely unplugged so you grab an energy drink or have several cups of coffee just to get through the day?
That is definitely not a healthy habit to get into. Drinking even just one energy drink per day can boost your blood pressure as well as interfere with the rhythm of your heart; this according to a 2013 American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans.
But you need something to help get you through your crazy, active day, right? Well, there are things you can do to naturally boost your energy levels. These things work because they will give your body what it needs to function at top performance all day long.
This doesn’t mean you need to give up your morning cuppa Joe. Simply check out our list of the top 10 secret ways you can make it through your day without breaking out a six pack of energy drinks.
1. Drop It
The room temperature, we mean! Rooms that are too warm can make you feel lethargic. Keeping the room cool not only forces your body to burn more calories but it also makes it pump more blood to stay warm. This means you will feel like being more active as well as having more energy. This is not an internet rumor, this is based in fact. Multiple studies have shown that workers are dramatically more productive when the temperature inside offices were lowered to about 76 or lower in the summer and 72 or lower in the winter.
2. Stay Hydrated
You probably learned in high school that your body and brain are mostly made up of water. Allowing yourself to get dehydrated (see reasons for dehydration) means that everything slows down, this includes your mind. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and this will keep your mind on track in a natural, healthy way.
3. Eat a good breakfast
When you are pressed for time it’s easy to just rush out the door, or call a cup of coffee and a donut “breakfast” but when you eat a well-rounded meal at the start of your day it’s a sign to your body telling it that it’s time to get up and start the day’s work. Breakfast will ensure that your body and brain has all the nutrients that it needs to keep going all morning long and avoid that 11AM crash.
4. Drink More Water
Yes, we mentioned staying hydrated but it can’t be emphasized enough. Simply drinking a glass of water in the morning won’t be enough. Be sure to drink a minimum of 6 glasses of water during a typical workday. If water isn’t your thing, try flavored herbal teas or add a squeeze of fresh fruit to a glass of water, to give it some zing.
5. Have a little dark chocolate
Sometimes, when you feel tired it’s because your body is iron deficient. Since iron moves oxygen through the body, it’s extremely important that your body gets its iron. Have an ounce of dark chocolate if you are feeling tired. This is a much better choice than an energy drink. Find out other health benefits of chocolate.
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