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6 Natural Energy Boosters

6 Natural Energy Boosters

It’s three o’clock in the afternoon and your body is telling you it’s nap time. Time to reach for the coffee or chocolate, right? Bzzt! Caffeine and candy will just exacerbate the problem. Instead, try these natural energy boosters:

Dance, skip, walk!: Just ten minutes of activity–especially outdoors–can do the trick.

Stre-e-e-e-tch: Gentle stretching revitalizes the whole body.

Inhale/exhale: Stress can wear you out and keep you from getting the rest you need to recharge. To unwind, practice deep breathing: Sit in a chair; slowly count to four while inhaling through your nose; hold it for a second; and slowly count to four while you exhale through your mouth. Repeat five to ten times.

Drink green: A chlorophyll-rich drink in the afternoon–preferably a combination of alfalfa, chlorella, spirulina, and barley grass–acts like an instant transfusion to boost tired blood.

Your friend, Herb: Herbal adrenal-support supplements can prevent crashes and keep you peppy. Look for sarsaparilla (Smilax), licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), astragalus (Astragalus), and ginseng (Panax ginseng).

Skip crash foods: Eat smart to avoid food comas. Your lunch should include protein, non-starchy vegetables, and fat for long-lasting, even-keeled energy. Good examples of balanced combinations include a large Greek salad with olives, assorted vegetables, and cooked chicken breast; or a shrimp and Chinese vegetable stir-fry. Apply the same principles to mid-afternoon snacks.

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By Melody Warnick, Delicious Living

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7:07PM PDT on May 21, 2013

skipping was so much fun as a child, should try it again

1:22PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

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10:39AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Simple yogic breathing exercises can prove quite beneficial in providing an energy boost.

8:48AM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

I've been experimenting with different natural energy solutions for a while now. Lately I've just been feeling so much better and more energetic, you really can do it the healthy way.

Natural Energy Solutions

11:35PM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

EATING A GOOD BALANCED HIGH PROTEIN BREAKFAST WILL HELP AT 3PM IN THE AFTERNOON, AS LONG AS ONE HAS A GOOD BALANCED LIGHT LUNCH.

6:21AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

A glass of fresh pressed orange juice or kiwi can have an awakening effect too.

5:14AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Water is great and so is stretching or exercising when you need a boost.

3:39AM PST on Feb 16, 2010

How about foods that are on grocery store aisles? I don't live near some overpriced health food store, and would like to try and get some 'natural energy boosters' without feeling like I am walking through a hippie store that sells tree bark or algae that was imported from somewhere I never heard of. BTW, superkate, I did read somewhere that a spoonful of honey (I think tsp) will boost you without crashing you later. Not sure if they meant storebought or raw(which some stores do carry).

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3:23PM PDT on Sep 13, 2009

I also feel that the best thing to do when you're droopy is to put a little exercise into that time of day. The food suggestions are great, but very VARIED as to what will actually work for you, OR where to find all the suggestions. Exercising, breathing & stretching a little more!

Also, if you're drinking green....PLEASE make sure (or hound where you shop) that you want all your drinks to be CAFFEINE-FREE. Way too many people depend on it, and it's not the cure-all for yes...getting a good night's sleep, proper exercise of some sort, and balanced meals.

Thanks for article with all the comments!

3:43PM PDT on Aug 31, 2009

I would suggests engaging in activities even longer (I know it seems counter-intuitive but exercise actually boosts energy levels). Also, sometimes I combine a bit of my chlorophyll drink mix with some green tea in the afternoon, and get a nice and healthy boost of energy from it. The chlorophyll has a minty flavor, so it serves as a pretty good complement to the otherwise bland green tea. And I haven’t tried many herbal energy supplements, but I know for a fact that Panax Ginseng provides a huge boost of energy that is not only sustained but in fact doesn’t have the infamous “crash” associated with most energy supplements. And yes, in terms of the crash foods, unless you want to be in a food-induced coma for the rest of the day, stick to the healthy, frequent, smaller meals so as to fight off fatigue and keep your metabolism up.

I've just started a blog about problems with lethargy and lack of energy at http://markgetsetgo.wordpress.com/ So guys please check it out if you get a chance. Would love to have some comments on some of my posts.

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