BY: Lively Staff

May 18, 2017

Natural Energy Boosters for When You’re Feeling Sluggish

Stay on task during the day with these simple, natural energy boosters.

 

Sometimes 24 hours in a day seems like it’s never enough, and staying energized throughout the day can sometimes be a tall order.  Fight the midweek blahs the all-natural way with these health-friendly natural energy boosters to stay alert, keep your brain moving at an optimal pace, and improve your mood.  

Sip More Water

Staying hydrated can have an enormous impact on energy levels.  Numerous studies have shown that a lack of hydration can negatively impair mood and concentration in young women, and an increase in headaches due to a 1.36% fluid loss post-exercise (1).  Research has also shown that even mild dehydration can affect all age groups with a reduction in mood, brain function, and memory (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).  This tip is among the easiest natural energy boosters to maintain too–just keep a bottle of water handy throughout the day!

Eat a Kiwi

This green treat is small but mighty–research has shown that consuming kiwi can positively influence energy levels.  One study in particular showed that males who consumed two kiwis a day for six weeks experienced a 31% increase in energy, along with a decrease of 38% in fatigue levels, and a 34% decrease in depression (8).  With a strong Vitamin C content, kiwi can aid in the reduction of fatigue and boost mental and physical activity (8).

Up Your Protein Intake

You hear all the time that protein is a powerful tool for muscle building and goes hand-in-hand with exercise.  Did you know that increasing your protein intake can also help increase energy levels?  Ensuring your body gets enough protein has been shown to slow down sugar absorption while eating, ultimately preventing spikes in blood glucose, essential for balancing energy levels and regulating mood (9).

Protein as natural energy boosters can be delicious and easy too–just try one of our quick, make-ahead recipes, like our Collagen Pumpkin Energy Bites.  

Stretch It Out

This natural energy boosters is so simple, you don’t even have to leave your work space!  Research has shown that yoga can help fight anxiety and depression, upping energy levels in the process (10).  Confined to a desk all day?  A few chair exercises such as leg extensions or arm circles can help to stay energized throughout the day.  Studies have shown that exercise, including light movements such as stretching, can help promote consistent energy (11).

Try a Natural Supplement

An all-natural supplement, like Vital Proteins Beef Liver capsules have energy-boosting qualities as a result of the abundant amount of micronutrients including B12, Copper, Folate, Choline, and Hyaluronic Acid.  With 70% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A per serving and a whopping 230% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin B12 per serving, Beef Liver’s nutrients can not only boost energy levels, they can also support digestion, heart health, and brain health.

 

 

Sources:

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(2) Riebl SK, Davy BM. The Hydration Equation: Update on Water Balance and Cognitive Performance. ACSM’s health & fitness journal. 2013;17(6):21-28. doi:10.1249/FIT.0b013e3182a9570f.

(3) Pross, Nathalie, Agnès Demazières, Nicolas Girard, Romain Barnouin, Francine Santoro, Emmanuel Chevillotte, Alexis Klein, and Laurent Le Bellego. “Influence of progressive fluid restriction on mood and physiological markers of dehydration in women.” British Journal of Nutrition109.02 (2012): 313-21. Web.

(4) Benefer, Martin D., Bernard M. Corfe, Jean M. Russell, Richard Short, and Margo E. Barker. “Water intake and post-exercise cognitive performance: an observational study of long-distance walkers and runners.” European Journal of Nutrition52.2 (2012): 617-24. Web.

(5) Fadda, Roberta, Gertrude Rapinett, Dominik Grathwohl, Marinella Parisi, Rachele Fanari, Carla Maria Calò, and Jeroen Schmitt. “Effects of drinking supplementary water at school on cognitive performance in children.” Appetite59.3 (2012): 730-37. Web.

(6) Cian, C., P.a Barraud, B. Melin, and C. Raphel. “Effects of fluid ingestion on cognitive function after heat stress or exercise-induced dehydration.” International Journal of Psychophysiology42.3 (2001): 243-51. Web.

(7) Suhr, Julie A., Jessica Hall, Stephen M. Patterson, and Rebecca Tong Niinistö. “The relation of hydration status to cognitive performance in healthy older adults.” International Journal of Psychophysiology53.2 (2004): 121-25. Web.

(8) Carr, Anitra C., Stephanie M. Bozonet, Juliet M. Pullar, and Margreet C. M. Vissers. “Mood improvement in young adult males following supplementation with gold kiwifruit, a high-vitamin C food.” Journal of Nutritional Science2 (2013): n. pag. Web.

(9) Franz, M. J. “Protein: Metabolism and Effect on Blood Glucose Levels.” The Diabetes Educator23.6 (1997): 643-51. Web.

(10) Streeter, C.c., P.l. Gerbarg, R.b. Saper, D.a. Ciraulo, and R.p. Brown. “Effects of yoga on the autonomic nervous system, gamma-aminobutyric-acid, and allostasis in epilepsy, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” Medical Hypotheses78.5 (2012): 571-79. Web.

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