Healthy Alternatives to Energy Drinks

Put Down the Coffee and Redbull! 

Struggling to stay awake throughout the entire workday lately?  I know I sure have!  It seems like no matter how much sleep I get, my energy level is on a constant roller coaster ride all day long.  I go bonkers and then crash hard.  I spaz out and then coma-out.  Not only is this terrible for my body, it’s extremely distracting and tends to destroy my productivity.
 
Unfortunately I too often result to energy drinks and coffee to help me power through the day.  The problem is that they leave my stomach feeling like crud and leave a gross taste in my mouth.  As a result I decided to do a little research into some healthy energy drink alternatives.  I want to give a special thanks to askmen.com for providing a ton of different factoids on how to boost your energy level.  Here are two cheap/easy steps I found in one of their articles that are super easy to integrate into your normal routine without making hardcore lifestyle changes. 
 
 

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Water – We hear all the time how important water is to us, but what I guess I didn’t realize is how a lack of daily water intake can bog down your energy level.  Turns out that dehydration limits not only your physical capacity, but your mental capacity as well.  Not reaching your water quota each day can lower your metabolism rate by 3%!  Put those problems together and you’ve got a quite a few factors working against you.  To solve this, make a point to carry a large bottle/canteen of water with you throughout the day!  Yes, you will be making more trips to the bathroom, but your body will eventually get use to this and level out.
 
Oats and Fiber – When my alarm goes off in the morning I have two choices.  I can either get out of bed and make breakfast OR sleep an extra ten minutes and sacrifice my two pieces of toast.  I’m sure you can guess which decision I tend to make most of the time.  Anyway, while we have heard before how important breakfast is to jumpstarting your metabolism, try including more fiber and oats into your morning meal.  These are complex carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index and high in B Vitamins!  So not only are they good for you but they digest slowly, which provides a steady amount of energy release throughout the day!
 
I don’t know about you, but I am definitely going to try these two things over the next week.  Be on the look out next Friday for a quick update on how I feel they have helped.  As and extra FYI, there are a ton of other great ways to boost your energy level without guzzling a nearly toxic energy drink.  Be sure to go online to askmen.com or other sites like it to do a little research on your own.  You’d be surprised at how many options there are!
 
Until next time,
 
Austin