Exhausted every day, finding it hard to get up in the morning, be productive at your job and get things done at home? If this sounds like you, then you need a major energy boost. Instead of turning to quick-fix shots of dirty carbs, sugar or caffeine, here are 9 brilliant ways to boost your energy levels and get you going—and keep you going—all day long.
#1 Eat iron-rich foods
Our food choices have a major influence on our energy levels, not only do they determine whether we get adequate amounts of nutrients and minerals, but they also play a significant role in slowing down and speeding up our metabolism. Filled with an abundance of fresh minerals, vitamins and nutrients, iron-rich foods not only stabilise your moods and blood sugar levels, but they give you loads of energy, which can help you lose weight.
#2 Sleep replenishes energy
Spending your nights tossing and turning will keep you exhausted the next day. In fact, studies have proven that people who get their eight hours of zzz’s every night have improved memory, concentration, and high energy levels.
#3 Adaptogen herbs
Adaptogens are an elite class of healing herbs which help restore the body’s natural ability to handle stress and anxiety, increase the metabolism and restore energy, boosting stamina, endurance and mental clarity. Some of the best energy boosting adaptogen herbs are Buchu, green tea leaf, ginseng, and Ashwagandha. Fortunately, these herbs are found in a product called Attack the Fat by Herbex.
#4 Ditch the processed carbs
Processed carbs are energy thieves, and while they may provide your body with a quick fix, they also send you crashing fast and furious, leaving you sleepy and energy-less. If you want to maintain energy throughout the day, eat nothing sweet or unnatural. Rather snack on nuts, biltong, whole-grain, low-glycemic carbs, and alkaline fruits.
#5 Exercise daily
Exercise can do a world of good to better your blood pressure and boost your energy levels. We’re not saying you have to run 10 kilometres every second day to get the benefits, we’re saying take 20 – 30 minutes out of your day to cycle, run, walk the dogs, jog or even do some weights at home. When you exercise, not only do you burn calories, but you send oxygen to your body’s cells. Exercising helps your lungs to work more efficiently, releasing blood flow so you can achieve the benefits of those “feel good” endorphins while stimulating high energy levels.
#6 Indulge in herbal teas
Coffee isn’t the only option for when you need a quick pick-me-upper. If you’re looking to boost your immune system, increase your metabolism, and boost your energy levels, then Attack the Fat tea wins hands down. Containing a cocktail of adaptogens, such as green tea, cinnamon, liquorice root, sweet orange peel, buchu, Myrobalan, and Indian Gooseberry, Herbex Attack the Fat tea is a refreshing herbal tea packed with antioxidants that regulate the adrenal hormones, reducing stress and keeping your energy levels high.
#7 Boost energy levels with water
Did you know that one of the first signs of dehydration is feeling drained, constipated or fatigued? The body is composed 60% of water, which plays a huge role in digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation and body temperature. But if you’re not drinking enough water, then your metabolism and all the functions mentioned above will slow down.
#8 Increase your vitamin B12
Vitamin B12, also known as the energy vitamin, keeps your body functioning at optimal capacity. Sadly, most people have problems with absorption because of a plaque build-up in their colon and stomach, usually caused by minimal vegetables and high-protein diets. So what’s the solution? Start with a good colon detox, introduce more vegetables to your diet, and in the interim, use vitamin B12 patches or go for weekly B12 injections.
#9 Juice raw greens and fruit
Health fanatics have been raving about juicing for years. Proven to be far better than any energy drink – when you start your day with a clean, green fruit juice, you’ll feel energised throughout the day. The minerals and nutrients in the vegetables and fruits give your body that much needed morning kick-start, speeding up your metabolism and helping your body shake off the weight!