Healthy Living : Stay Awake, Caffeine-Free!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Can’t get your morning going without a cup of Joe or an energy drink? During the lunchtime slump do you have to down a 5-hour energy shot? Well, we’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another–suffering from the caffeine crash later.
Believe it or not, some people avoid caffeine. Most make this choice for health reasons because it dehydrates the body and is functions as an addictive drug. Staying awake is challenging, and, for those avoiding drugs and not using caffeine anymore, new strategies must be implemented.
So next time you’re feeling a bit low on energy, give one of our top 6 tips a try and energy-up without the negative side-effects of a substance-driven boost.
1. Fasting at Meals
The human body expends a great deal of energy during the digestion process. This can create a great deal of fatigue when you are trying to stay awake. Fasting is a great way to avoid this natural fatigue. As long as you are drinking enough water, fasting for a meal or two is also a healthy way to detoxify your cells and rejuvenate organs.
2. Nutritious Low Carb Snacks
Low carb fruits such as raspberries, apples, oranges, and grapefruits are great boosters. They take about fifteen minutes to digest, which leaves you energized and not groggy. Heaping scoops of spicy salsa on a few small crackers is another goodie. Stay away from meats, breads and dairy products.
3. Stretch Out Your Meals
Split your meals into smaller but more frequent portions, says Young. Eating only hefty lunch and dinner portions results in huge spikes in your blood-sugar levels, followed by large crashes in energy.
4. Light Exercise Breaks
Take a break and take a walk or do a couple jumping jacks to get your blood moving. Even the slightest bit of exercise can act as a healthy way to energize your mind and body.
5. Listen To High-Energy Music
Not only does great music give you that near-magical second wind or extra kick when you are exercising, it also boosts your mood and energy during regular tasks. In fact, some research even revealed workers who listened to great classical music experienced increased productivity and creativity.
6. Try To Keep A Regular Sleep Schedule
It goes without saying, but hey, it helps. You can also take a 10 to 15-minute power nap if you get drowsy. Naps work wonders. Really.


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