Increasing your energy level doesn't require using dangerous or costly supplements. Here are eight ways you can naturally boost your vitality.
A powerful natural antioxidant found in apples, quercetin can boost endurance and help decrease fatigue. An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, it's also a nice energy source. (Try one in the morning: Wake Up With an Apple.)
Fruits, vegetables, and whole grain/high fiber foods provide instant and sustained energy. Smart carbs allow you to eat a relatively large amount of carbs without taking in lots of calories. This can prevent you from feeling sluggish during the day.
Lean meats (tyrosine)
Found in chicken, turkey, beef and seafood, tyrosine is an amino acid that has a stimulating effect on the brain and body and can give you the mental alertness you need during the day.
A common cause of performance-reducing fatigue is dehydration. It's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially when exercising. (See Talking Water: Facts and Tips on Staying Hydrated.)
Dark chocolate (caffeine, theobromine)
In addition to caffeine, dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has an effect similar to caffeine. The combination can give you a boost of energy.
A healthy breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. Eating a high fiber, protein, or fruit breakfast will boost you both mentally and physically. (See Breakfast Suggestions for Top Performance.)
Eat smaller, more frequent meals
By eating smaller meals throughout the day, you spread out your calorie consumption. Instead of 3 large meals, try eating 5 or 6 small meals. They won't leave you feeling sluggish, and they will help discipline your body for eating to fuel and energize and not just to satisfy your hunger.
Exercising, even for just a few minutes each day, can improve your mood, fight fatigue and increase your energy level.
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