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

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.

Plus: 4 Safe Energy-Boosting Foods and Drinks

Source: usaweekend.com

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest