Posted June 13, 2014
Do you struggle with an energy slump in the middle of the day? Do you reach for caffeine to energize yourself? Doing so just puts a bandage on exhaustion, reports a chronic fatigue expert. A better choice is to skip the caffeine and choose other energy boosters.
Consider the following list of non-caffeine options published by Huffington Post:
- Chew gum – It stimulates the nervous system and increases alertness; mint-flavored gum fires up nerve fibers; a 2012 United Kingdom study discovered that people who chewed gum for 15 minutes felt more alert than those who didn’t
- Consume whole grain foods – Replace foods made with refined, white flour with those made with whole grains that will provide real energy; a word of caution – consuming more than three servings of whole grains daily is likely to increase drowsiness
- Increase light – Studies show that bright light awakens the brain; open the shades, turn on the lights and add more table lamps
- Switch tasks – Mix up activities to stimulate your brain and enhance alertness
- Move – Take a short walk, jump rope or do several jumping jacks to revive your spirits and improve alertness
- Turn on up-tempo music – Music with a strong beat increases heart rates and stimulates brain activity; researchers in London discovered that singing loudly increases energy and decreases tension nearly as much as a cardio workout
Here are more healthy ways to boost your energy without caffeine.