Go From Exhausted to Energized Without Caffeine

There are only a few things in life that all of us really need. We all need friendship and love and self achievement. We all need food and water and shelter. You know what else everyone needs? More energy! If there is someone in the world who always has enough, I’ve yet to meet him.

Energy sometimes feels like it just goes down a drain. No matter how much sleep we get, the energy is spent much faster than we need. Since we are out of energy but still have plenty of day left, we’re left with few options. For most of us that means reaching for the nearest caffeinated beverage. While a little caffeine probably won’t hurt you long term, it wouldn’t hurt to find healthier and more natural ways to boost your energy reserves.

Check out these three great options for getting more energy completely caffeine free.

Eat More Protein

Protein is converted in the body to energy. If you really need more energy on a regular basis, add more protein to your diet. This can be done in numerous ways. You always have the option of adding meat, but that’s not always practical or appealing. Other great ways to get more protein include nuts, eggs, leafy greens, or even a protein powder. Any of these options will give you just enough extra protein to make your energy reserves last a little bit longer.

Exercise

So many people believe that the only way to gain more energy is by resting up. While this can help, it’s not the only way! Sleep and rest are important, yes, but so is exercise and movement. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins and adrenaline. These two chemicals are responsible for lifting your mood and providing you with more energy. When you’re feeling sluggish, get up and go for a walk. To reap these benefits on a regular basis, make exercise a part of your everyday life.

Take a Cold Shower

I know this is probably not the most appealing thing in the world, but it’s a great way to get more energy right now. When you suddenly find yourself in need of more energy today, just jump in a cold shower. It doesn’t have to be a long shower; in fact, I doubt you’ll want to be in there very long. The cold water will stimulate your circulation. Because your blood likes to stay warm, your circulation will speed up, and as a result, you’ll feel more awake and alert. If you simply can’t stand a cold shower, at least splash your face or drink ice water first thing in the morning.

When you need a little more energy, you don’t necessarily have to reach for the nearest soda, coffee, or energy drink. You can gain energy without the massive intake of caffeine with these tips. Use them to boost your energy reserves and to beat exhaustion once and for all.

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