The majority of us struggle with lack of energy throughout our day, and most of us turn to caffeine to fix the problem. However, drinking caffeine is not always the best way to wake yourself up. Here are eight ways to increase your energy levels without caffeine.
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Eat Whole Grains
Eating white flour gives you energy, but then you hit a wall. Whole grains, on the other hand, give you energy that lasts. Try replacing refined carbohydrates with whole grains to increase your energy levels, but do not replace more than six servings a day or else you will still feel sluggish. (The recommended serving amount is three)
Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
According to nutritionist Terri Fant-Franklin, eating smaller portions, more often will increase your energy levels. In the opposite way, heavy meals make you sluggish. It’s also best to steer away from drinks filled with sugar; sugary drinks tend to make you crash later.
Take Vitamin B
Studies show that Vitamin B deficiencies are related to having low energy levels. Taking a B vitamin a day can help with low energy; multivitamins can have the same effect. For best results, take your vitamins in the morning with breakfast.
Eat Protein-filled Snacks
Snacking on protein will boost energy levels throughout the day. Good examples of protein-filled snacks include an apple with peanut butter, almonds, dried fruit, or a smoothie.
Drink Coconut Water
Coconut water contains high levels of minerals and potassium, which boost your energy levels. You can drink it by itself or add it to a smoothie!
Acai Berry Juice
Acai berries are filled with B Vitamins, potassium, protein, and fatty acids. In addition, acai berries boost your metabolism giving you more energy. However, watch out for high sugar acai berry juice drinks because that would defeat the purpose!
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