Guest Post by Peter Minkoff
Feeling sleepy and tired? Grabbing a fresh cup of coffee every couple of hours just to keep you functioning at an optimal level? What if we tell you that coffee doesn’t necessarily have to boost your energy? In fact, sometimes it can even make you feel more tired than you originally were. It can contribute to dehydration, which often leads to fatigue, and can disrupt your sleep and trap you in an unbroken circle of drowsiness. Fortunately, there are simpler and better ways to up your energy levels. Here are some of them.
Not many of us would call exercising an easy way to boost our energy, especially because it directly makes us tired. However, the exhaustion that comes after exercising is nothing compared to how energetic you will feel the rest of the day. Exercising outside doubles up the benefits of physical activity, since it boosts the vitamin D content in your body, which is essential for energy and a healthy immune system. The best thing about an outdoor workout is that it can be as simple as taking a 10-minute walk, which carries a lot of perks, such as weight loss and improved mood.
Coffee may be your fuel for the morning, but as for the rest of the day, you should switch it for pure water. Being hydrated throughout the day is the foundation of good health and energy levels. You can kickstart your day with a glass of lukewarm water with several drops of lemon. This drink will not only make you feel more vigorous, but it will also speed up your metabolism and improve your digestive system.
If you are still wondering what’s so super about superfoods, here it is: they are packed with many more nutrients and micronutrients than conventional foods, which makes them perfect for boosting immunity and killing harmful bacteria. So, the next time when you feel tired, don’t reach for an energy drink or a cup of coffee but grab your favourite superfood (e.g. blueberries, baobab, kale, black beans, oats, etc.).
When speaking of superfoods, we can’t avoid mentioning baobab. The baobab tree is one of the oldest and most majestic trees in the world. Its fruit is bursting with numerous nutrients and minerals, and its constituent, baobab powder carries many benefits, including anti-aging properties, fat burning capabilities, detoxifying features, to name a few. Using it as a supplement to your diet will keep your energy levels high throughout the day.
Food acts as a fuel in your system. After it is in your body, it can turn into energy, but it can also use up your current energy for digestion. Eating plenty of nutritious raw foods can improve your energy, reduce inflammation, boost your mood, help you achieve your desired weight and give you healthy, radiant skin.
Breakfast certainly is the most important meal of the day, since your body has been running empty since the day before. If you prolong that time until lunch, you will not have enough energy to burn, and you’ll feel drained by the middle of the day.
A constant flow of calcium is the key to optimal energy production and endurance. Since the human body isn’t capable of producing calcium, you should consume foods rich in calcium (low-fat cheese, milk and yoghurt, leafy greens, baobab, okra, broccoli, almonds, etc.).
As you see, there are plenty more ways, other than coffee, to increase your energy levels and be productive for an entire day. Many of them are far more efficient, and every single one of them is healthier.
Blog post written by Peter Minkoff