One question we’re asked ALL the time: "How can I UP my energy?”
Whether it's power to excel at the gym, win at competitive sports or simply get through the day, most people don't have the physical and mental energy it takes to get to the starting line AND maintain peak performance over the long haul.
Are you feeling an energy deficit?
Check out these seven (plus one bonus) easy and effective ways to jumpstart your energy and maintain it throughout the day.
1. Get some sleep.
It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to increase energy is to get more — and better — sleep.
Sound sleep allows your body to restore itself and repair the damage that happens to it during the day.
On top of this, adenosine, a chemical produced by the body that makes people feel tired, builds up during the day. Sleep clears it from the system, which helps you feel more alert.
When people get busy, it's natural for them to try to gain more hours in the day by cutting sleep time. Stress is another factor that keeps people from sleeping at night.
So, what can you do to enjoy the benefits of a restful night’s sleep?
- Make it a point to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day, including weekends. Science has proven that this is a good way to regulate your body clock and improve your overall biological function.
- Avoid caffeine use later in the day (after 5 p.m.) and control alcohol intake. These two substances have a big impact on sleep quality.
- Reduce stress in your life. Do things like talking out issues with friends and professionals, meditating and simplifying your life. ThinkitDrinkit’s Mind and Body Balance BOOST allows you to enjoy the calming effects of a yoga class, even if you don’t have time to take one.
2. Drink more vegetable juice.
Drinking vegetable juice does great things for your body. In some ways, it’s even better than eating vegetables.
Eliminating fiber during the juicing process makes it easier for your body to absorb and digest the nutrients in vegetables. This will lead to a noticeable QUICK energy boost. Another benefit: Drinking vegetable juice helps eliminate energy-draining toxins from the body.
Tip: Avoid store-bought juices that contain preservatives. These in-natural additives can do more harm than good, and can actually lower your energy.
3. Eat the RIGHT carbs.
Most people know that ingesting carbs will give your body an energy boost. However, eating the wrong carbs, such as simple sugars in snacks, sodas and other highly processed foods, leads to a fast energy jolt followed by a major crash.
What are the “right” carbs? Eat whole-grains that take time to digest. This will avoid the issue of post-carb energy crash. Things like legumes, sweet potatoes, brown rice and oats are also sensible options.
4. Stay hydrated.
The first sign that you're dehydrated? Feeling sluggish. It's the body's way of telling you you that it needs water and is running low on critical electrolytes.
A lack of water will leave you feeling tired and less energetic. Avoid this by drinking between eight and twelve glasses of water a day — more if your body needs it.
Tip: Take ThinkitDrinkit's Hydration BOOST daily. It's a simple way to ensure you're maintaining optimal H2O and electrolyte levels.
5. Get some exercise!
You may feel too tired to wook out. However, forcing yourself to get some exercise every day — even a walk after lunch or supper counts — will raise energy levels.
Exercise improves heart and lung function, increasing the supply of oxygen to cells, which boosts energy.
6. Caffeinate the SMART way.
Some people are concerned about taking caffeine for quick energy. However, used in moderation, it is a proven way to get fast energy when you need it. A cup of coffee or certain type of tea can be good sources.
Another option? ThinkitDrinkit's Kickstart Energy BOOST provides an optimal dose of caffeine from guarana to power a workout, compete at sports or simply get through the day. It also supplies taurine B vitamins that are known to sustain energy over time.
7. Don't just eat peppermint. Sniff it.
Peppermint oil is commonly used in aromatherapy. Many people enjoy the way it smells and makes them feel.
Believe it or not, science has proven that breathing in peppermint oil increases oxygen to the brain, which improves focus and helps stimulate the brain. Most people experience this as a boost in mental energy that can be transferred to increased physical performance.
Tip: Dab a little peppermint oil on your wrists so you can take a sniff any time you need a lift.
BONUS: Up the B vitamins
UP for one more way to increase your energy?
Vitamin B12 is well-known for its energy-enhancing properties. However, all the B vitamins do things within the body to increase energy.
The issue with most B vitamins is that they're water soluble, which means your body can’t store them. You have to keep replenishing them.
Make it a point to take a daily supplement, like ThinkitDrinkit’s Caffeine Free Energy BOOST, that contain an optimal level of B vitamins.
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ThinkitDrinkit urges you to seek the advice of a qualified professional for any health concern lasting more than two weeks, and to share with your provider any information pertaining to your health and well-being, including the use of supplemental nutrition.
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