Natural Energy Boosters

By: KIMBERLY RUDD

Edited by: CHRISTINA COLAVECCHIA

Being in college means staying up all night studying and then doing the same thing again the next day. It is important, then, to get the energy you need minus the calories and sugar in harmful energy drinks. There are many foods and drinks that are natural and can actually boost your energy.

Mensfitness.com recommends 10 natural energy boosters:

1. Eggs are rich in vitamin B and protein. Vitamin B is responsible for converting food into energy and protein helps keep you going throughout the day.

2. Coffee is great for a fast acting energy. With coffee, a little caffeine goes a long way to keep you energized.

3. Edamame is not only healthy, but contains B-vitamins, copper and phosphorus, all of which are used for energy. The B- vitamins help break down carbohydrates into glucose for fuel. Both copper and phosphorus are involved in converting food to energy for cells to be used by the body.

4. High-fiber whole grain cereal helps slow the release of glucose, which means more consistent energy.

5. Trail mix has the best combination of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Fiber also helps slow down the glucose-release to the body. The fats, such as nuts, seeds, and oils, provide long-lasting energy. An energy tips from Mensfitness.com says to make your own trail mix to combine your favorite nuts and dried fruit.

6. Water is one of the most important things you can consume for your body. Staying hydrated is important for maintaining energy during the day. Always drink water throughout the day, particularly before workouts.

7. Guarana is a small red fruit that is commonly used in energy supplements. The energy benefits come from the fruit’s seeds, which contain caffeine (about 2 times the amount found in coffee). Visit your local health food store and see if there is an all-natural energy shot with no sugar added.

8. Quinoa is a grain that contains more protein than any other grain or rice. This grain is packed with proteins and carbohydrates for long-lasting energy. Try making a quinoa salad and mix it with some of your favorite vegetables.

9. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of healthy fats and protein. They also contain manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, which provide you with energy support.

10. The Chinese have used goji berries for thousands of years to help increase energy. Visit your local health food store for some goji berry juice.

Having little energy can affect your mood and your health dramatically. To keep you going throughout the day, consume these natural foods and drinks to get you the energy you need in a healthy way.

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