Eyelids drooping while you fight to stay awake?
Dreaming about that coffee/candy bar/energy drink to get you through the afternoon slump?
Look, I know dealing with low energy is an utter drag.
You can feel tired all the time… struggle with brain fog… Unable to concentrate and get important things done…
Even worse, most cures that people reach for—sugar and caffeine—do more harm than good. They give you a quick burst of energy, but then when the sugar and caffeine wears off, you crash.
Hard, I might add.
So instead, try these five surprising things to boost your natural energy levels:
Energy Enhancer #1: Have a cool, refreshing glass of H2O.
Okay, drinking water isn’t revolutionary or anything, but it’s power to energize you cannot be overstated. Even moderate dehydration can tank your energy levels.
Most people are terribly dehydrated, and don’t even know it.
So pay attention to your thirst and the color of your pee (you want to see very light yellow), and you’ll be well on your way to more energy.
Energy Enhancer #2: Do a downward dog.
Yoga is great at fighting fatigue because of its deep breathing, various stretches, and focus on the here and now.
Even stepping away from your desk for a couple of minutes and getting into a few poses is enough to get your blood moving and oxygen flowing.
Energy Enhancer #3: The Rule of 20.
We spend so much of our days staring at a screen, causing dry, strained eyeballs, headaches, and a zombie-like demeanor.
That’s why it’s a good idea to simply look away.
Next time you’re feeling fatigue in front of your computer, try staring at a spot 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.
When you come back to your screen, you’ll feel much more refreshed for the next 20 minute block.
Energy Enhancer #4: Snack on some nuts.
Candy bars spike your insulin, dragging your energy right back down into the gutter once the sugar rush wears off.
So, I suggest grabbing some nuts instead. Almonds or peanuts are a great choice because they’re high in magnesium and folic acid—nutrients that are essential for energy and cell production.
Energy Enhancer #5: Calm inflammation in your body.
Chronic, low-grade inflammation and fatigue go hand in hand. Inflammation damages healthy cells in the body, which in turn lowers energy production.
If you’re experiencing poor digestion, painful joints, or puffiness around the eyes…
There’s a good chance that inflammation is to blame for your sluggishness.
Luckily, the things you do to fight inflammation ALSO fight fatigue, so it’s a double-whammy:
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as olive oil, leafy greens, fatty fish, and berries.
- Supplements like fish oil, curcumin, and alpha lipoic acid are all great inflammation busters.
- Sleep – Your body heals and rejuvenates while you sleep so protect your bedtime at all costs.
- Lower stress – Deep breathing, exercising, and meditation are all great ways to lower inflammation and re-energize your body.
There you have it!
Five awesome (and natural!) ways to fight fatigue and reclaim your life. Give one of them a try today and let me know how it works out.
I’d love to hear from you.
To your health,
Dr. Mark Rosenberg