Forget energy drinks or caffeine tablets. Here are 7 things you can do to top up your energy levels in a natural and healthy way.
If you had a late night or find yourself lulling during the middle of the afternoon – you might feel the urge to down a can of energy drink or make an extra-strong coffee.
But there are plenty of natural, healthier ways to top up your energy levels. Here are 7 ways how:
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Add bran to your diet
Bran contains phosphorous – a mineral that the body uses to metabolise carbohydrates, fat and protein so they can be used as energy. You can get your bran fix by eating a bowl of bran flakes for breakfast.
Eat more whole grains
On top of bran, you should add more whole grain foods to your diet and limit your sugar intake. Sugar gives you an energy spike, but this is followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar which can leave you feeling drained. Whole grains provide a slow and consistent release of energy, keeping you energised and less tired throughout the day.
Increase your magnesium intake
Magnesium breaks down glucose and turns it into energy. You can make sure you’re getting your daily amount by including the following in your diet:
Make walking part of your routine
It may sound contradictory, but increasing your physical activity gives you more energy. You don’t have to suddenly take up marathon running to benefit. A daily thirty minute walk could work wonders for your energy levels, and getting fresh air will help you feel mentally refreshed.
Drink ice cold water
Dehydration can make you feel tired and drained. To perk yourself up, drink a glass or two of ice cold water. You’ll not only hydrate your body – the temperature of the water will give you a refreshing wake-up call.
Press your face with a cold flannel
As well as hydrating your body, you can hydrate your skin by dipping a flannel in ice cold water and gently pressing it against your face and eyelids.
Take a power nap
Never underestimate the benefit of a nap. Studies by the National Institute of Mental Health found that a 60 minute nap can reverse the mind-numbing effects of information overload and help you better retain things you’ve learned.