Natural Ways to Increase Your Energy

By: Jacquelyn Buffo
Published on October 25, 2011
Last Updated on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 10:53 AM
Total Updates: 6

More often than not our energy peaks way before close of business and then we are left feeling sluggish, unfocused, and unenergetic. The last few hours of the day feel like a never ending vacuum of time in which we are trapped and can't escape and the only thing we can concentrate on is how unbelievably tired we are. But before you go reaching for that can of Diet Coke or that extra cup of coffee, try some easy techniques that naturally increase your energy and help you refocus.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! While that old adage may or may not be true, what is certain is that an apple can help increase your energy. The fructose found in apples can give you a quick burst of energy and the nutrients found in apples help stabilize your energy level so there is no unwarranted crash afterwards like most sugar-latent foods induce.

Take a walk around the block, building, parking lot, etc…Getting up and moving around helps circulate the blood throughout your body and increase your metabolism and heart rate.

Take your vitamins! To clarify, vitamins cannot directly provide you with energy because only calories can do that. However, vitamins assist in releasing energy from the foods you eat. Vitamins can also improve your body's energy by correcting a vitamin deficiency that you might have.

Try herbal supplements such as green tea and ginseng. Both green tea and ginseng have been used throughout China for hundreds of years and have other incredible health benefits besides providing energy like aiding the body in overcoming illness and act as anti-aging supplements.

A preventative measure to feeling fatigued and to remain focused throughout the day is to eat a lunch and snacks that are packed with protein, vegetables, and healthy fats and low in carbohydrates. We have all experienced the dreaded "food coma" that is a result of eating a meal with a colossal amount of carbs. Instead, opt for a salad with a lean piece of protein or a sandwich wrap.