Energy drinks have gotten a bad rap for the past few years. Consumption of caffeinated energy drinks such as Red Bull have been linked to an increasing number of emergency room visits and have been associated with serious health conditions such as heart attack, irregular heartbeats, and debilitating headaches.
As the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is still carefully scrutinizing the health effects of energy drinks, it may be best to put down those energy shots for now and choose the natural route instead if you’re looking into having an instant energy boost. We list down 10 science-backed tips below!
- Hit the gym for a quick session of mild to moderate exercise. This study by researchers at the Stockholm University found out that employees who devote at least a few hours each week to exercise tend to be more productive and were sick less often.
- Fuel up with complex carbs and always pair it with protein as much as possible. Foods that are rich in complex carbs such as whole grains (rice, wheat, corn, oats) , nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables releases glucose (primary fuel for your brain) gradually into the bloodstream. Slow glucose release prevents the dreaded sugar crash which often results from eating simple carbs from highly processed foods. Pairing carbs with protein can also help avoid extreme fluctuations in blood sugar levels which can hamper down energy levels.
- Have a quick power nap. This study has found a relationship between habitual napping and moderate improvements in motor performance. In addition, this NASA study found out that napping pilots had 34 percent increase in cperformance and 100 percent increase in alertness than non-napping pilots.
- Take the time to go out. A series of studies revealed that getting outside for a quick nature fix can actually do wonders to your energy levels. Aside from feeling less sluggish, people who spend more time outside also tend to be more resilient to physical illnesses.
- Take a cold shower. Researchers have hypothesized that a 3-minute cold shower can actually reverse symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
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