7 tips on how to boost your energy the healthy way


Forget energy drinks or caffeine tablets.  Here are 7 things you can do to top up your energy levels in a natural and healthy way.

If you had a late night or find yourself lulling during the middle of the afternoon - you might feel the urge to down a can of energy drink or make an extra-strong coffee.

But there are plenty of natural, healthier ways to top up your energy levels. 

Add bran to your diet - bran contains phosphorous - a mineral that the body uses to metabolise carbohydrates, fat and protein so they can be used as energy.  You can get your bran fix by eating a bowl of bran flakes for breakfast

Eat more whole grains - on top of bran, you should add more whole grain foods to your diet and limit your sugar intake. Sugar gives you an energy spike, but this is followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar which can leave you feeling drained.  Whole grains provide a slow and consistent release of energy, keeping you energised and less tired throughout the day

Increase your magnesium intake - magnesium breaks down glucose and turns into energy.  You can make sure you're getting your daily amount by including the following in your diet - nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts or cashews), fish and green leafy vegetables (such as spinach)

Make walking part of your routine - it may sound contradictory, but increasing your physical activity gives you more energy.  You don't have to suddenly take up marathon running to benefit.  A daily 30 minute walk could work wonders for your energy levels, and getting fresh air will help you feel mentally refreshed

Drink ice cold water - Dehydration can make you feel tired and drained.  To perk yourself up, drink a glass or two of ice cold water.  You'll not only hydrate your body - the temperature of the water will give you a refreshing wake-up call

Press your face with a cold flannel - as well as hydrating your body, you can hydrate your skin by dipping a flannel in ice cold water and gently pressing it against your face and eyelids

Take a power nap - never underestimate the benefit of a nap.  Studies by the National Institute of Mental Health found that a 60 minute nap can reverse the mind-numbing effects of information overload and help you better retain things you've learned

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