12 Energy-Boosting Hacks to Help You Avoid Midday Fatigue Slideshow

Think bigger than just an afternoon cup of coffee
Eat an Apple

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Chew Gum

Chew Gum

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Besides keeping your breath fresh, chewing gum helps fight off fatigue. A study conducted using a small sampling of undergraduate students showed that the simple motion of chewing kept them more alert than not chewing at all. 

Click here to see the results of the ultimate chewing gum taste test.

Do a Dose of Chia

Do a Dose of Chia

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Chia seeds are a trendy superfood, but their natural B vitamin content makes them an easy answer to your midday fatigue. Unlike an energy drink or a cup of coffee, chia seeds are packed with fiber and protein, offering a stable supply of energy throughout the day. Try mixing some into yogurt, or make your own overnight chia pudding.

Click here for 13 reasons chia seeds are the best thing ever.

Eat an Apple

Eat an Apple

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An apple a day may keep midday drowsiness away. Apples contain high amounts of fiber and natural sugars that breakdown slowly in the body, releasing a steady stream of glucose into the bloodstream and providing the body with a consistent source of energy. Research showed that apples improve neurological health because they contain quercetin, one of two compounds found to reduce inflammation of neurons

Click here for 13 things you didn’t know about apples.

Guzzle Water

Guzzle Water

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Besides forcing you to get up from your desk and take a bathroom break every half hour or so, drinking water does your body a lot of good: It suppresses appetite, speeds up metabolism, and may even reduce stress. But, most importantly, water keeps your cells, tissues, and organs fully hydrated. Studies found that dehydration negatively affects concentration and awareness in adults.

Click here to see why putting a lemon in water will change your life.

Increase Your Magnesium Intake

Increase Your Magnesium Intake

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Magnesium is a little-discussed mineral of massive importance, especially in regards to energy. Magnesium is responsible for 300 biochemical reactions, most notably the breaking down of glucose into energy. To guarantee you’re getting enough, try snacking on nuts like hazelnuts, almonds, or cashews, or add some whole-grain bran cereal to your diet.

Click here to see which vitamins you don’t really need to be taking.

Laugh It Up

Laugh It Up

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Getting a giggle during the workday may make you a more productive employee, notes Dr. Robert Provine, author of Laughter. A hearty belly laugh leads to a natural boost in blood pressure and heart rate, which can overpower the midday fatigue.

Need some inspiration? Check out these 10 tweets about drinking guaranteed to make you laugh.

Never Skip Breakfast

Never Skip Breakfast

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Despite the haters throwing doubt on the importance of breakfast, the first meal of the day ignites the metabolism, enhances memory and concentration, and provides the energy required for a long work day. After waking up, the body’s blood sugar levels need to be replenished in order for your brain and muscles to properly function.

Click here for six reasons you shouldn’t skip meals.

Sip Green Tea

Sip Green Tea

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Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the caffeine in green tea that keeps people alert and focused — it’s the amino acid L-theanine. Images from human electroencephalograph (EEG) studies support that L-theanine has direct impacts on the brain by calming the mind without making it sleepy.

Click here for seven teas that settle your stomach.

Snack!

Snack!

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That extra protein bar, bag of trail mix, or hardboiled egg might be all you need to beat the midday energy crash. A few hours after breakfast,  blood sugar levels begin to decline. Snacks rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber provide the body with a steady stream of glucose and keep the metabolism working at full speed. 

Click here for 10 healthy snacks to bring on your international flight.

Soak up Sun

Soak up Sun

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Step outside the office and take in some sun. The body requires vitamin D to raise and maintain energy levels. Vitamin D is a common deficiency that is a well-known cause of fatigue and muscle weakness.

Click here for five foods to boost your vitamin D intake.

Turn Up the Tunes

Turn Up the Tunes

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Though it might ruin your ear drums, loud music is an effective way to relieve stress and increase alertness. A study performed on athletes found that louder music with a faster tempo resulted in superior athletic ability than in the control group who didn’t listen to any music. But remember to be courteous, and use headphones so not to disrupt your co-workers. 

Yawn

Yawn

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The act of yawning has been tagged as a sign of boredom or indifference, but a solid yawn can energize you by forcing blood to the brain. When we yawn, our facial muscles contract and then relax, which pushes oxygen-rich blood into the brain’s prefrontal cortex; the part of the brain responsible for decision making, organization, and other essential processes.

Click here to see a coffee machine powered by yawns.