Energy drinks have become something of a controversial topic at the moment, with many concerning news stories being reported and experts highlighting the dangers of consuming these drinks. Having the occasional energy drink once in a while may not cause much damage but regular consumption can have an adverse effect on your health, leading to insomnia, tremors, headaches and respiratory distress among other things.
There are much more natural and healthy ways to get that boost of energy you’re looking for. Just take a look at the suggestions below:
Having a lack of protein in your diet can often leave you feeling tired and lethargic. A good quality brand of protein shake will give you a good boost of energy, but you can also add fruit, wheat germ, or milk to the shake to maintain energy levels throughout the day. Protein shakes are most commonly used after a workout due to their convenience. They are quick and easy to make and a good way to regain some energy after a tough workout in the gym.
Green tea contains slightly less caffeine than coffee does, but has just enough to provide energy without causing the tremors and headaches that energy drinks do. It has many impressive health benefits including decreased risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Most significantly, green tea can actually help to improve brain function and physical performance, making it a great energy drink option.
Fresh Fruit Juice
Fruits, especially ones such as pineapple and grapefruit are rich in vitamin B, which aids the fast conversion of carbohydrates to energy. This makes freshly squeezed juice a great little energy source, without the enormous amount of sugar included in a standard energy drink. You can squeeze the juice yourself or buy one from your local shop, just make sure there is no added sugar in your chosen drink to avoid a sugar crash halfway through the day.
Smoothies are full of all the essential vitamins and minerals that you need. Go for an energy boosting green smoothie, commonly containing avocado, kale and spinach. This will give your immune system a boost, fight disease with all its antioxidants and naturally increase your energy levels. If you’re not a fan of the green option, banana is a good way to go as it contains a good amount of protein to boost your energy levels.
Dehydration is often one of the main reasons we feel tired and drained. This is due to the fact that all of the metabolic reactions in our body take place in water so a lack of water causes the reactions to slow down, resulting in a drop in energy. Adding lemon to plain water brings the electrolytes, which encourages cells to produce energy, providing you with a natural energy drink.