Sometimes you just need a little jolt of energy, whether it's to help get you moving in the morning or to power you through the final hours of the workday. The problem is we too often reach for the wrong pick-me-ups, says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic. "Some things, such as sugar, are energy loan sharks," he says. "They step on the gas pedal to make you go, but they don't put any gas in your tank to keep your energized." Case in point: If you guzzle an energy drink, which is packed with sugar, you'll get an insta-rush followed shortly by a crash. Instead of such faux fixes, you need things that'll nourish your body and help it produce energy on its own. Here are 10 easy ways to energize naturally.
Drink Some Vitamins
"Poor nutrition is one of the biggest things keeping our bodies from making the energy we need," says Teitelbaum. While it's best to eat a whole-food diet to get all of the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, the reality is we often pick processed foods without much nutritional value. To help your body produce energy, Teitelbaum suggests supplementing with vitamins — and drinking them, rather than popping a pill (or handfuls of pills). "Pills often don't dissolve properly so the nutrients don't get absorbed, and they have added binders and fillers that your body doesn't need," he says. Instead, find a powdered multivitamin drink mix that includes all the energy-producing essentials: "You want 5 grams of ribose, the key energy nutrient for the body," Teitelbaum says. "Also shoot for at least 50 mg of each of the B vitamins, 200 mg of magnesium, 1,000 IU of vitamin D, 15 mg of zinc, 100 mg of vitamin C, and 200 mcg of iodine."
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