A lot of people rely on coffee to give them energy throughout the day. Whether it's high schoolers, college students or working age adults, it seems that everyone is constantly fatigued and in a cycle of being tired at the wrong times and awake at the wrong times.
Here are a five things you can do everyday to improve your energy.
1.) Drink More Water
This seems to solve most problems, doesn't it? Improves circulation, skin complexion, and energy levels. Many times, the body is fatigued due to dehydration. One of the ways you can prevent starting your day tired as hell until you've had your cuppa Joe is to drink a glass of room temperature filtered water right when you wake up, before doing anything else, on an empty stomach. This will hydrate your body fast for an instant source of energy. A great way to give the water taste and to help cleanse your body is to squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice into the water. And if you're serious about doing a cleanse, the proper way is to add fresh lemon juice and sprinkle a pinch of cayenne into the water. I will earn you, it tastes a bit spicy and sour, so some people's stomachs might not be able to handle this first thing in the morning.
As the day goes on, be sure to keep sipping water to prevent dehydration induced fatigue. You can carry a water bottle in your bag and just drink a bit when you start to feel drowsy. A great way to make you want to drink water is to drink sparkling water or to infuse fruits into your water.
2.) Drink More Tea
While coffee is not necessarily bad for you, it's not healthy to be drinking it all day and depending on it to stay awake. One or two cups in the morning is fine. The easiest way to absorb the caffeine right away is to drink it black, and for many other health reasons, I recommend doing this. But when it comes to a healthier alternative to drinking coffee all day, tea is much less acidic and lower in caffeine. If you're really needing the caffeine, drink black teas. Black teas include Earl grey, breakfast blends from Europe, most chai and cardamom teas, and red teas. Again, if you need faster caffeine results, it's best to drink your tea without sugar or milk.
There are lesser caffeinated teas that can still provide benefits as well. The next highest in caffeine is oolong tea, which is full of health benefits. Then green tea, which can greatly improve and assist with your concentration levels. The least caffeinated of tea (other than herbal teas, which contain no caffeine) is white tea. As a general rule with teas, the lower the caffeine, the higher in antioxidants and nutrients. This is because the tea is less processed as white or green tea because the tea leaves are picked at a younger stage and not roasted. This way, the white and green teas more benefits than the black teas could. However, if your main concern is getting caffeine, going with black tea is still healthier than drinking coffee all day.
3.) Supplement with Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a great supplement for energy because many people have a Vitamin B deficiency. I recommend taking the liquid form because it is absorbed better by putting a few drops under your tongue.
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4.) Eat Energy Promoting Foods
Healthy foods and snacks throughout the day can really improve your energy levels. Eat leafy greens, fruits, fish, nuts and seeds for a boost of energy. This is kind of a whole other topic on diet, but it honestly does play a huge part in your daily energy.
Your biological clock will naturally wake you when in sunlight. So if you have trouble waking up in the morning, open your curtains while you get ready and spend time outside in the sun. If you're getting tired during the day and you have the option to sit near a window or sit outside in the sun, do it. The sun will keep you awake. For people who need to stay up at night or cannot be near a window, buying a sun light is an option. They usually can be pricy, but depending on how often you need to be woken, it might be worth it.
Hopefully these tips can be used to improve your energy and keep you awake at the times you need to stay awake.