Boosting your daily energy level is not only quick and easy, but very healthy for the body in the long run. Energy level increases are normally followed by improvements in concentration, focus, motivation and memory. The general idea is to avoid sugary foods and caffeine that may provide a quick boost, but are usually followed by an equally quick and severe crash. These are not only inefficient and counterproductive, but also, at least potentially, unhealthy. What is most important is to shift your diet so that the intake of foods and supplements serve to break down the sugars and fats in your body most efficiently.
Liver powder is likely the best energy booster you can find. In general, Argentine cattle livers are the best due to their diet and free-range lifestyle. Often, liver powder is found in B-vitamin supplements, and both together make a powerful energy booster that lasts throughout the day and contains no later crash. Both liver powder and all B-vitamins break down sugars and fats in the body with a great deal of efficiency. They also build muscle and reduce fat. If you combine this with exercise, your energy levels will soar.
If you are struggling with lethargy and fatigue, you might want to increase your intake of magnesium. This element is central to breaking down glucose sugars in the body efficiently and transferring that substance into energy. Magnesium deficiencies can lead to high heart rates, since the body is not using its energy efficiently, but consuming more oxygen than normal for routine tasks. This element is found in all nuts, grains and fish (Bouchez, 2005)
While it seems obvious, dehydration is a major cause of lethargy and exhaustion. Thirst can be confused with hunger, or lethargy might be itself a sign of dehydration. With the heavy coffee and alcohol intake in the U.S., not to mention the salt intake, dehydration is a very common condition, up to 80% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Regular intake of water (both by drinking and eating such foods as tomatoes and grapes) is necessary for the smooth function of the body and the efficient burning of sugars and fats into the body’s fuels. Alcohol and salt should be cut out as much as possible to avoid dehydration. If you are hungry, try a large glass of water or a bunch of grapes first, since thirst often feels like hunger (Diagnose, 2010).
Caffeine is not always recommended, but if taken, it should be taken with a great amount of milk. This will turn the coffee into a protein drink that will use the caffeine very efficiently and mitigate the nature of the crash (Bouchez, 2009). Protein is an excellent form of energy. Coffee should never be drunk black for the same reasons as refined sugar should be avoided—quick boost, quick crash.
The biggest issues in boosting one’s energy is to reintroduce your system to natural forms of energy. This includes altering your diet, increasing your exercise level, and rejecting all quick fixes. Energy drinks should be avoided since most of them contain caffeine or some variant thereof. Instead, buy Ginkgo powders, Green teas and take a regular B-supplement. Natural forms of energy are better for you and burn fat very effectively. Avoid fast foods and alcohol, while increasing your water intake. The effects can become dramatic, and you will be a healthier person.
Bouchez, Colleen (2005) “Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy.” WebMD, (women.webmd.com/features/10-energy-boosters)
“Dehydration, an Overview” (2010) Diagnose Me, (diagnose-me.com/cond/C5223.html)