If you’ve given yourself the promise to be more active this year, you may have not taken into account that your energy levels aren’t quite up to the task yet. Energy drinks are helpful, but most are filled with artificial sugar, excess levels of caffeine, and artificial coloring, among other ingredients that aren’t proven to be effective in increasing energy levels for extended periods of time.
A 16-ounce can of Red Bull has as much as 52 grams of sugar, so no matter how jacked up you get from drinking it, the damage it can do to your metabolism, weight management, and oral hygiene is not worth it.
Instead of reaching for artificial energy drinks, opt for the all-natural solution. Natural drinks like green tea are also beneficial for increased energy levels. Plus, the tea has been known to lower cholesterol and manage weight.
Looking for a quicker fix? A shot of wheatgrass can support liver function and provides an added energy boost.
Ready to replace your energy drink impulse with healthier energy-boosting alternatives? Read on for nine ways to do so.
Chlorophyll makes plants green and allows them to absorb energy from the sun. Luckily, it is beneficial to humans as well as plants. It’s been known to oxygenate the blood and boost hemoglobin levels. Take a shot of it alone or add a drop of it to your water for increased focus, energy, and clarity.
Similar to yerba mate, guayusa is an all-natural energy supplement derived from a plant. Indigenous cultures in Ecuador and Colombia traditionally drank guayusa from a gourd as part of an early morning ritual. Guayusa has as much caffeine as coffee, but it is also rich in antioxidants and chlorogenic acids, which benefit the heart.
It sounds almost too simple to be true, but water is the world’s best energy drink. Dehydration can leave you feeling drained and tired. A few glasses of water every few hours help to sustain energy levels and increased metabolic reaction. The Mayo Clinic recommends that the average healthy adult should consume eight to nine cups of water per day.
Wheatgrass is a sprouted green grass that has amazing health benefits, one of which is increased energy levels. Just an ounce of wheatgrass provides the vitamin and mineral equivalent to almost 2.2 pounds of fresh vegetables. It also contains energy-enhancing chlorophyll that can also play an important role in cancer prevention.