More and more people becoming very dependent on caffeine for their source of energy. However there are many ways you can boost your energy naturally, without resorting to caffeine.
Women aged 30 and above are consuming an average of 165 mg of caffeine each day. As they age their caffeine intake also increases. On the plus side, the antioxidants found in coffee may prove to be very helpful in fighting against free radicals in your body.
However, there are also many reports and studies which show negative impacts of long-term high caffeine consumption. Elevated stimulant levels means the mind and body are constantly in an artificially stressed state. This effects your quality of sleep. Relying on caffeine for an energy boost is really like putting a bandage on your feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.
For the sake of your health and energy levels, it is worth utilizing the following tips to boost your energy, without over consumption of coffee or so-called healthy energy drinks.
The human body is mostly made up of water. When a person’s body is dehydrated, everything in the system, from brain function to any physical activity, will slow down. As soon as you notice some signs of sluggishness head for that water cooler immediately.
A largely unrecognized fact is that by the time you experience thirst symptoms, you are already dehydrated, so monitor your water intake to stay in front of the thirst curve. This way, your body stays energized in a safe and healthy way.
Although hot showers are effective for people wanting some relaxation, cold showers are valuable for those trying to stay alert and active. When you are feeling sluggish cold water helps stimulate your entire system and boost your circulation. Even splashing some cold water on your face and the back of your neck will invigorate and refresh.
The pressure points that are in your hands and feet are linked to specific organs in your body. Although a general remedial massage may also prove to be very helpful, reflexology targets specific areas in your body. If you have problems with dwindling energy levels, you might consider reflexology. A reflexologist can determine if any sluggish organs or energy pathway blockages exist, and if so, undertake corrective massage. This will be beneficial for restoring balance to your entire body’s energy system.
If you notice your energy levels getting lower, review your B vitamin intake. Any deficiency of this vitamin can lead to fatigue, depression, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Ideally this vitamin group should be obtained from your diet, but for many this is not the case. B complex vitamins are readily available, either included in a multivitamin tablet or individually. Taken daily, especially in the earlier part of the day, B group vitamins can be a useful part of your anti-fatigue program.
Chewing a piece of gum not only refreshes your breath but it will also help keep you awake. People who spend at least 15 minutes of their time every day chewing gum were found to be able to stay more alert and awake all throughout the day.
Experts explain that chewing gum can help increase an individual’s heart rate which translates to improved blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Chewing a piece of gum helps stimulate your autonomic nervous system, preventing your energy levels from falling and giving alert feeling you need to finish your tasks for the day. It is also best to chew on peppermint-flavored gum.