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.
For sustained energy that won't jack you up and leave you empty later, eat something with protein. Go for an omelet at breakfast, or snack on nuts or Greek yogurt in the afternoon. "Protein supplies steady energy that lasts for several hours," Teitelbaum says. "The body converts it to energy slowly and consistently."
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