Do you wish you had more energy? You aren’t the only one. We live in a world of fast-pace, always on-the-go, never enough time for anything kind of lifestyles and we understand that it’s not always easy stay energized. At GURU we’re all about recharging the body and mind naturally. Here are a few ideas you might want to employ if you’re energy gauge is stuck on low.
1. Eat energy boosting foods
Bananas are a fool proof energy food because they are composed mostly of natural sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber. Try topping them with peanut butter for a well-rounded snack. Try spinach, it’s an excellent source of iron which is a key component of energy production in the body. You can’t go past beans, which are both a protein and a complex carb – perfect for long-lasting energy.
2. Get the vitamins you need
Research has clearly shown that B vitamins, especially vitamins B6, B12, folic acid, thiamine and niacin, support the energy metabolism process. Foods rich in these important vitamins include shellfish, liver, fortified soy products (tofu, soy milk), fish, fortified cereals, crab, red meat, dairy and eggs.
3. Jam to a high-energy playlist on Spotify
Listening or dancing to music, such as the beating of drums (or the latest upbeat pop songs), can energize your mind and body. One of the coolest things about getting your groove on is that while you’re having a blast moving to a beat, you’re also getting all the bonuses of a good workout. Plus dancing is damn enjoyable, so shake your belly and booty for a vitality boost.
4. Channel your inner chi with meditation
Many people are surprised to learn that meditation, the best way to calm and focus the mind, is also a highly effective solution for increased energy. It makes sense when you think about it – mismanaged stress leads to fatigue and meditation improves how you deal with stress. Plus, meditating before bed can make it much easier to get a good night’s sleep – a key ingredient for lasting energy.
5. Take a stroll outside and breath in some fresh air
Walking outdoors has been shown in numerous studies to improve energy levels. Try walking outside for at least 20 minutes 3 or more times per week to minimize stress and give your mind a boost. Regular walking has been found to lead to an overall decrease in fatigue levels.
6. Optimize your sleeping hours for maximum efficiency
Adequate, regenerative rest is not only a critical foundation of health but also a source of abundant energy. Good bedding (including a medium-firm pillow), can significantly improve sleep. You should also only go to bed when you feel sleepy and get up if you haven’t dropped off within 20 minutes. Avoid non-sleep activities in bed and try to get up at the same time every morning!
7. Turn off electronics before bed
Scientists have discovered that the blue spectrum of light can disrupt circadian rhythms and keep you from falling asleep. Exposure to blue light late at night can play all sorts of games with your body clock. It’s emitted by all the usual suspects – phones, computers, televisions and even digital clocks! Ditch the devices before getting into bed and keep your room pitch black for your best chance of a good night’s sleep.
That being said, whenever you can’t attain that optimal energy level, you can always grab a GURU Organic Energy Drink and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it! How awesome is that?! For more natural energy boosting ideas, check out our previous article on 5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels.