There are days when lack of energy can be really problematic. Maybe we have an important event to attend (or perhaps hold an event), or we simply know we’ll have a really busy day. Most people cope with this by drinking coffee or even energy drinks. Needless to say, these are NOT the best ways to increase your energy.
Drinking these will only trigger short energy spikes at the expense of harming the body. Sugar from energy drinks causes insulin spikes. Though you do feel more energetic, the effect doesn’t last long, since the temptation of reaching out for another dose. Coffee and energy drinks also increase dehydration, pose more strain to the kidneys and consume valuable minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
In this article I will cover three simple ways to boost your energy and keep it steady for a longer period of time, while nourishing and taking care of your body at the same time. It all comes to diet.
1. Eat a Fruit Salad
A fruit salad, prepared correctly, is a wonderful energy booster. Fruits contain fructose – a type of sugar that doesn’t trigger an insulin response from the body. The problem with fruits is that their energizing effect tends to be short. This is where fats come into play. When the fruits are eaten along with healthy fats, the energy is released slowly, over a longer period of time. Voila! You have now your own energy booster.
This is a simple recipe you can use and adapt.
Do not add sugar or cream! These will dampen the energizing effect and will make this fruit salad less healthy. Combining banana (sweet fruit) with grapefruit (sour) is not usually recommended if we strictly follow the rules of food combining. However, if you’re healthy and you don’t experience bloating afterwards, you may safely assume that your body handles this combination well. If you have time, the nuts should be soaked before. Read this article for more information on soaking.
1 Avocado or 10-20 olives – optional, if you add nuts you can skip
A fist of walnuts, almonds, cashews or Brazil nuts.
Cut the fruits in a large bowl; add the nuts and you’re ready! You’ll have energy for hours!
2. Homemade Chocolate in 2 Minutes
This one is my favorite way to quickly boost my energy especially when I’m short on time. It is extremely easy to prepare and it is delicious!
You can eat it directly or you can spread it over a raw cracker or even a slice of bread. You can even make some more and take it with you on the go.
Raw cocoa is a superfood, containing a whole range of minerals and antioxidants. It also boosts energy. The rest of the ingredients help potentiate the effect, while adding minerals, healthy fats and important nutrients.
NOTE: Some people don’t like the taste of turmeric in this combination. You can skip it safely.
2 tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder
½ tbsp Turmeric
2-3 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds or Chia Seeds – optional
A Dash of Salt – optional, for a stronger taste
How to make:
In a small bowl place the cocoa powder, turmeric and honey. Stir until it becomes a thick paste. Add the seeds and stir more until everything is well blended together. If the paste is too thick, it needs a little bit more honey. At the end, it should have a consistency similar to Nutella.
3. Improve Your Hydration
Lack of energy can be a sign of dehydration. By increasing the fluid intake, the normal energy levels are restored. When I’m speaking about hydration, I am referring to plain water, from the cleanest source possible. This doesn’t mean you cannot drink other beverages, but most of them don’t contribute much to hydration or worse, they actually steal water from the body (coffee is a good example).
Look right for a quick plan you can use to become more hydrated.
To make water even more beneficial, add a few drops of lemon juice. This has an alkalizing effect on the water and also increases hydration.
Daily Water Plan
Drink 1 glass of water after waking up
Between meals, drink 1-2 glasses of water.
Summing up, you should get around 6-8 glasses of water a day.
4. BONUS Tip: Walk Around The Block
Arguably, there isn’t always enough time for this activity; but when time is not a problem, a short walk will increase energy, improve the blood flow and oxygenate your brain. Likewise, the brain releases endorphins, which trigger a state of well-being.
These ways to improve energy are safer, better and have a whole range of positive side-effects. Not only do they solve the lack of energy problem, but they also nourish the body. Next time you need an energy boost you’ll know what to do to in a quick and healthy manner.