Energy Boosters

  1. Increase Your Magnesium Intake
    Eating a balanced diet can help ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are met. But if you still find yourself tired all the time, you could have a slight magnesium deficiency. To make sure you're getting enough magnesium:
    • Add a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your daily diet.
    • Increase your intake of whole grains, particularly bran cereal.
    • Eat more fish, especially halibut.

  2. Take a walk – even if it’s only 5 minutes
    While it may seem as if moving about when you feel exhausted is the quickest route to feeling more exhausted, the opposite is true. Experts say that increasing physical activity -- particularly walking -- increases energy.

  3. Don't Skip Breakfast -- or Any Other Meal
    Studies show that people who eat breakfast report being in a better mood, and have more energy throughout the day.

  4. Reduce Stress
    I know we’ve all heard it before, and it is easier said than done BUT I’ll say it again, one of the biggest energy zappers is stress. Stress is the result of anxiety, and anxiety uses up a whole lot of our energy. Figure out one or two things that help to reduce your stress – be it, yoga, exercise, or simply letting go of something that’s stressing you out – and do these more often. You will feel so much better!

  5. Water
    You may already know that it's easy to confuse signals of hunger with thirst but did you know that thirst can also masquerade as fatigue? Sometimes, even slight dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. The solution is simple: a big glass of water! This is particularly important to boost energy after exercise, when your body is likely to be craving fluids.

  6. Eat More Whole Grains and Less Sugar
    The key here is keeping blood sugar balanced so energy is constant. When you're eating a sweet food, you get a spike in blood sugar, which gives you an initial burst of energy. But that's followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar, which in turn can leave you feeling very wiped out. Do that enough times a day, and by evening you're feeling exhausted.

  7. Have a Power Snack
    Power snacking is more than just eating between meals. Choose a treat that combines protein, a little fat and some fiber -- like peanut butter on a whole-wheat cracker, or some yogurt with a handful of nuts. The carbs offer a quick pick-me-up, the protein keeps your energy up, and the fat makes the energy last.

  8. Make It a Latte
    Pair a quick caffeine hit with the sustaining power of protein by having a low-fat latte instead of just a cup of coffee. All that milk turns your java into a protein drink. Combine it with an ounce of almonds - the healthy fat will really tide you over.