Energy drinks are all the rage these days, sweeping the world by storm. An energy drink is a type of soft drink that basically contains carbonated water, caffeine, sugar, vitamins, herbs and other ingredients that help to stimulate the body with an increase of energy. These pep-boosting drinks come in many different varieties. In the U.S., the two most popular ones are Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy and they are what most people in need of an extended period of physical and mental vigor resort to. Sure, these beverages grant you hours of power but the side effects not only can be detrimental to your progress but, more seriously, to your health.
Researchers have reported that Red Bull causes one to experience a sugar crash once it wears off and 5-Hour Energy’s high levels of vitamin B6 is said to cause nerve damage. And what’s more is that daily purchases of these pricey drinks can hurt your pockets. The bottom line is this: this stuff is simply just not good for your health. Following are a few natural yet completely effective ways to keep your battery charged up and coursing with electricity throughout your whole day, crash- and problem-free.
Water is absolutely crucial. Every organ in your body depends on water to help them function properly. Hence, when the body lacks even the smallest amount of water it causes dehydration; it drains your energy and brings on fatigue, weakness and headaches among other things.
Fruit is an excellent source of energy because it is rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Everything from apples, oranges, grapes, plums, peaches, pears, watermelon and bananas all make for great energy boosters. Use fresh fruit to make breakfast shakes in the morning. Put pieces of a banana, strawberry and orange in a blender and mix it up. It’s delicious and you’ll feel the energy elevating in your body almost instantly.
A daily dose of orange juice really does do a body good. OJ is chock full of vitamin C, which fights against harmful particles that enter the body and make us sick. In addition to that, orange juice contains thiamin, which is a substance that converts the food you intake into energy. OJ also carries antioxidants that help to put natural sugars and nutrients into your system.
Green tea is another hidden gem and I absolutely swear by this stuff. Not only does Chinese green tea hold powerful antioxidants, which are substances that hunt down free radicals that cause damage to the body, but it also improves mental awareness and helps you to be more alert and attentive. Green tea is also good for helping digestion, it increases your metabolism, regulates blood sugar, suppresses your appetite and builds brain cells. Now, green tea does contain caffeine but if you want to be all the way natural, you can also buy the decaf kind.
Exercise and movement is the golden rule for keeping your energy up throughout the day. Just because you are active and moving around does not qualify you as having exercised. Keep your heart rate pumping and your blood circulating for at least 30 minutes a day will help build strength, improve flexibility and it also releases endorphins into your blood stream, provoking feelings of joy, happiness and confidence. And if that isn’t a natural energy booster then I don’t know what is.
Always remember the old adage that you are what you eat. The things you put into your body will manifest in some way, shape or form. So the next time you’re feeling burnt out and lethargic, don’t look for an energy drink to generate horsepower, reach for these natural stimulants to fuel your engine.