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10 Instant Energy Boosters

  1. Eat kiwi fruit
    Kiwis contain twice the potassium of a banana and twice the vitamin C of an orange. The simple sugars will give you a quick pick-me-up, while the fiber will keep you satiated and help prevent energy dips later.
  2. Sip on lemon and hot water
    Skip the coffee (the caffeine will pick you up but bring you down later) and have some hot water with a few slices of lemon instead. Citrus smells, such as lemon, are known to be energizing.
  3. Wake-me-up shower
    Wake yourself up with a citrus-scented shower gel. Products containing grapefruit, orange or lemon are most energizing. To really perk yourself up, finish with a blast of icy cold water.
  4. Strike a pose
    Many yoga positions help you feel instantly alert and energized. You may not be able to stand on your head in the office, but simply leaning over to touch your toes will send a rush of blood to the brain, making you feel awake and alert.
  5. Take ginseng
    Ginseng has been used for centuries to help boost energy levels and promote a healthy metabolism. Drink it as a tea or take it in tablet form.
  6. Breathe deeply
    Increase your intake of oxygen and you’ll instantly feel energized. Take a deep breath to the count of four, hold for four seconds, and then exhale for four seconds. Repeat several times.
  7. Watch your iron intake
    A lack of iron is one of the most common medical reasons for tiredness. Pregnant women and those who are still having periods are most at risk of anemia. See your doctor for a blood test and eat iron-rich foods, such as red meat, shellfish and iron-fortified cereals.
  8. Turn up the volume
    Music is known to have a powerful effect on the brain and can instantly boost our mood and well-being. Turn up the volume and (if no one is looking) have a quick dance.
  9. Take a B vitamin supplement
    The B vitamins play an important role in helping the body to unlock energy. Signs of B vitamin deficiency include fatigue, poor concentration, depression and irritability. If you often feel lethargic, taking a B vitamin supplement may help.
  10. Chew some gum
    If you’re struggling to keep your eyes open during a boring lecture or meeting, try chewing. One study found that chewing gum can increase alertness and improve mood.

For more information on specific programs to address your blood pressure, contact Dan Prater, ND on 219.613.1161 or via email.

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