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Energize Yourself Naturally Without Energy Drinks

I often find I am absolutely exhausted halfway through the day. I find myself yawning and wanting nothing more than a long nap, but that’s usually not an option. It seems like I’ve become a real-life example of those “sleepy” people on late-night commercials for energy drinks and dietary supplements.

I’m a bigger fan of coffee than I should be—I was diagnosed with hypertension at age 24 even though I am not overweight, and I’ve been on medication for the condition ever since—but I’m afraid to ingest anything that claims it can perk me up for five hours with a single shot. Too much caffeine can do more harm than good, so moderation is the key when it comes to coffee and soda.

You are What you Eat

If you’re also worn out well before  bedtime (it’s a common side effect of several medications) ask yourself what you ate throughout the day. If you overindulged on starchy foods such as pancakes, French fries and white bread at every meal, your choice of food may have done yourself more harm than good. Women often try to combat tiredness with the assistance of energy drinks or energy bars, often when they are not even hungry.

Energy bars which are designed to “add fuel to the fire” are fine for serious athletes that can easily burn off the extra calories that they contain, but such products will most likely do nothing for the average Joe.

Women often try to combat tiredness with the assistance of energy drinks or energy bars, often when they are not even hungry. Energy bars which are designed to “add fuel to the fire” are fine for serious athletes that can easily burn off the extra calories that they contain, but such products will most likely do nothing for the average Joe.

Natural is Best

Cutting back on processed foods that often contain high amounts of sugar or white flour (and often both!) is a great start at getting your energy levels back to normal, and adding natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and low-fat protein into the mix should also help.

Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and eat six or seven “mini-meals” if large plates of food tire you out. I find that eating smaller amounts of food throughout the day does help!

Melissa

The informational content of this article is intended to convey general educational
information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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