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.
Sip Coffee or Tea
Caffeine gets a bad rap because it can cause restlessness, insomnia, and even heart problems when you exceed the recommended cap of 300 mg a day (that's roughly three small cups of coffee). However, as long as you don't overdo it, Teitelbaum says caffeine is a great way to boost energy. Just be sure it comes from a healthy source. Skip the sugar-packed sodas and energy drinks, and sip coffee or tea instead — but no more than a couple of cups a day. "If you drink a whole pot of coffee, the high amount of caffeine will stress your adrenal glands, the body's stress handlers, and your blood sugar drops." Also, sugar makes it worse, so go for a French roast over a Frappuccino.
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