7 all-natural replacements for energy drinks that will boost your mood, too
By Brittany Anas
Did you know there’s such thing as “caffeine intoxication?” That’s right, high doses of caffeine found in energy drinks can cause a whole host of problems beyond just sugar-jitters.
The New York Times reports a group of 18 doctors this week sent a letter to Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Margaret Hamburg urging that energy drink makers be required to curb the amounts of caffeine in the popular drinks. The docs also want energy drinks to include information about how much caffeine they contain — a key piece of information that’s now largely absent from the nutrition labels of the energy drink industry that is expected to surpass $19 billion in sales this year.
In the letter, the doctors mention caffeine intoxication that can cause vomiting. They also link the high-sugar, high-caffeine drinks to a host of health problems — including increased blood pressure and altered heart rates.
Energy drinks are a lot like credit cards. You may rely on them for a short-term energy loan, but the caffeine and sugar spike your insulin levels and you pay extra for that temporary boost when you crash later and feel even more fatigue. Consider that crash the “interest” you pay on the loan.
Here are seven all-natural ways you can get more energy and boost your mood — without the crash.
1. Hang out with friends who make you feel good. Think about the “high” you get from a good belly laugh or having a meaningful conversation with a friend. Avoid gossiping. It’s what people do when they don’t have anything better to talk about. The negativity drains your energy.
2. Keep a “got-done” list. Re-do your to-do list if it’s overwhelming you. Can you delegate some items on your list that you won’t have time to get to? For some of the smaller-ticket items, move to a “when I get time list.” Keep a “got done” list of some of your achievements for the week. It will help boost your confidence and inspire you.
3. Hit the gym in the morning, instead of at night. It boosts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day, yes. But, working out increases your blood flow and makes you feel more alert. You will also feel ready to take on the day because you already accomplished a goal.
4. Never put off anything that takes less than a minute to do. Remember the Whack-A-Mole game at Chuck E. Cheese? Be quick to whack away little tasks that surface — whether it’s sending back an RSVP, writing down your mileage for a work trip or putting your clothes on the hanger. Otherwise, you waste time and energy thinking about tiny tasks that have accumulated.
6. Eat mixed berries. They’re high in anthocyanins, which is an antioxidant known for boosting energy.
7. Wake up at the same time every morning. Yup, that even means setting an alarm on weekend days. Letting your body get in a rhythm will stabilize your circadian rhythm, which is a fancy way of saying body clock. Set an alarm clock for the same time every morning and use all your willpower to resist hitting the “snooze” button. After about a month, your body will train itself to wake up at the same time. Your self discipline will pay off when your more alert during the day.
Top photo courtesy of Zazzle.
Bottom photo courtesy of Sports Authority.
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