While dealing with many things throughout the day, most of us find it difficult to have extra time for a much needed afternoon nap. In this situation, people often use chemicals to optimize energy, such as pills or energy drinks. These synthetic chemical filled ingredients can obviously be dangerous for your health and we suggest switching to natural methods to boost your energy levels.
You can optimize energy naturally by changing the balance of your daily lifestyle. There are several methods to stimulate the production of energy-boosting hormones, increase oxygen levels and blood circulation. Sometimes it is even a matter of tricking your brain to produce extra energy. Here are some tricks to optimize energy, health and decrease effects of stress.
Eat and Drink for Energy
You can increase your energy by choosing healthy food and beverages. Combine protein and carbohydrates to raise the level of sugar in your blood to a healthy level for sustained energy. Carbs can give you an instant burst and protein helps to sustain this boost.
In the afternoon, an apple and a tablespoon of nut butter can be a tasty snack. Other great energy boosting snacks include fresh fruits, your favorite veggies with hummus, and lean organic protein with vegan cheese, yum! Instead of buying energy drinks, drink plain water or squeeze a lemon in the glass.
Water can naturally boost your energy. If you fail to consume sufficient water daily, it may lead you to dehydration. Make sure to drink 10 to 12 glasses of water in a day to decrease fatigue and sluggishness.
We also know drinking water isn’t always going to cut it, try a cup of black or green tea to boost your energy naturally. For extra benefits, you can mix some honey in your herbal tea.
Meditation to Increase Energy
Sluggishness is a general response of the body to being overly stressed. One of our favorite ways to calm the body and relieve energy draining stress is with meditation. A deep state of meditation in which our breathing, pulse rate, blood pressure, and metabolism are decreased can lead to enhanced mood, lower blood pressure, and reduction of this lifestyle stress.
Wondering where to get started? There are many different types of meditation and finding the right one for you is essential. Try searching on Youtube or downloading a couple mediations apps on your phone till you find the perfect fit.
Exercise to Decrease Stress
Exercise has several health benefits. Regular exercise will increase oxygen in your blood, improve your metabolism, reduce stress and trick your mind into producing more energy.
The best way exercise increases energy is by releasing feel-good hormones. Starting your day off with a jog, bike ride, dog walk, whatever fits into your lifestyle, is a great way to get these endorphin hormones pumping before you tackle the day!
If you spend maximum time in front of a computer, you may tend to slouch. Slouching can decrease the space in the abdomen and affect your organs. You should take a break to increase the flow of oxygen to the brain. Stretching can give you a good energy boost by improving circulation and increasing oxygen in your blood. So stand up and do some stretches! We love the simple forward bend. Start by placing your feet flat on the floor, and bend over at the hips, bringing your chest toward or onto your thighs. Let your head drop loose and your arms hang beside you. Take 8 to 10 breaths. Repeat as necessary.
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Apply these quick tips of balance to your everyday life and you will be surprised how fast you begin to feel more energy throughout the day! Let us know in the comment section below any natural tips you use for boosting your energy.