Natural Ways To Boost Your Energy (Hint, It’s Not More Coffee)

Let’s face it, Americans are busier and stressed out more than ever.

With advances in technology, one can’t leave home without receiving an “urgent” email that needs an “immediate response”, or an intrusive phone call that requires attention.

In addition, work continues to pile up, to-do-lists appear unending, and Americans are forced to prioritize and get it all done.

And while most Americans push their way through each day by drinking bottomless cups of coffee and sugar-filled energy drinks, it’s not working.

While a temporary dose of caffeine may appear to be an energy solution, it can actually have the opposite effect and leave your body more exhausted, which will then lead you to drink more coffee, and the vicious cycle continues.

Do you turn to coffee to get you through each day?

Loading your system with caffeine, and forcing your body to perform, can have serious health consequences and even mask health symptoms in your body.

Your body may be telling you to slow down, but are you listening?

There are many natural ways to boost energy, without forcing your body to be ruled by caffeine.

Here are 5 quick ways to give yourself a natural boost of energy, without the coffee:

  1. Follow The Sunshine: Sounds too simple, right? Actually, stepping outside for even 15 minutes can be a refreshing break from your daily routine. In addition, sunlight helps produce vitamin D, which is a natural energy booster for the body. Sunlight can even increase serotonin levels, which will help you sleep better at night.
  2. Get Up And Stretch: Sitting at a desk all day? Your muscles have been cramped in the same position. And while not everyone has time to go to the gym during lunch, or take a walk around the park, even doing a few simple shoulder rolls, or taking a quick break to stretch fatigued muscles can help tired muscles relax, and give you a quick boost of energy to finish the day strong.
  3. Smoothie Break: Whipping up a healthy smoothie can give your body nutrients and a boost of natural energy. Instead of turning to the energy drinks, try 8oz of almond or coconut milk, with fresh fruit, spinach, and you can even throw in some flax or chia seeds for added fiber and protein!
  4. Take a Breath: When stressed, many people fail to breathe properly. But by simply taking the time to slow down, and take a deep breath, oxygen is released to your cells which can slow down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and increase circulation. Inhale deeply through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds, then exhale through your mouth for a count of eight. The great thing about this breathing exercise is you can literally do it anywhere! Even sitting in a traffic jam, or while at your desk.
  5. Load Up On H20: Many people think they are hungry, but in reality, they are dehydrated. One of the first signs of dehydration is exhaustion. Since our bodies are made up of water, by not having enough H20, your body will naturally start to feel tired and lose steam. Keep a reusable water bottle at your desk and carry one around to stay hydrated throughout the day. Wonder how much water you actually need? Divide your body weight in half, and drink that number in ounces. You can always add fresh lemon or cucumber to your water for a refreshing touch.

So, instead of reaching for coffee to help you “power through” your day, try these simple tips to boost your energy.

Of course, remember to start each day with a healthy breakfast, and turn off electronics at night to get a good night’s rest.

Do you drink coffee to get through your day?

What is your favorite natural energy booster?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.