Quick Ways to Boost Your Energy

We all know that exercising and getting enough sleep can keep you energized throughout the day. But sometimes you just need a fast energy boost.

We all know that exercising and getting enough sleep can keep you energized throughout the day. But sometimes you just need a fast energy boost. Here are five tips from “The Doctors”—an Emmy-winning daytime TV show—on quickly putting some pep in your step.

1. Eat a high-fiber cereal: Your body digests fiber more slowly, which can provide a longer-lasting energy supply during the day.

2. Lay off the caffeine: Caffeine provides that quick pick-me-up by stimulating the central nervous system. But more than 200 or 300 mg (two to three cups) a day can work against you by causing jitteriness, digestive problems, and headaches. And consuming caffeine too late in the day can prevent a good night’s sleep.

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Drink more water: According to research at Tufts University, even mild dehydration reduces concentration and brings down your mood. It also drains energy. Doctors typically recommend eight or nine cups of water a day.

4. Go for a walk outside: California State University scientists found that a brisk 10-minute walk increases your energy level and sustains it for two hours. For an even bigger boost, walk outside: Recent studies show that spending 20 minutes a day outdoors can significantly increase vitality.

5. Munch on pumpkin seeds: They contain a lot of magnesium, and research shows that too little of the mineral can sap your energy. Almonds, cashews, halibut, spinach, and soybeans are other good sources of magnesium.

Source: usaweekend.com

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