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7 Awesome Natural Energy Boosters That Will Make You Forget Energy Drinks

7 Awesome Natural Energy Boosters That Will Make You Forget Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are overly-caffeinated. These sugar-laden sports drinks often contain other ingredients which that could be detrimental to your health. If you must have your energy levels boosted (as you should), why not try out these natural options

1. Get adequate rest at night

Many people don’t sleep well and resort to self-medication, using caffeine and other sweet things as energy boosters. This works, actually, but only for a while. It still does not change the fact that the body is being deprived of the necessary and essential sleep it needs. Lack of sleep also leads to a reduction in the levels of leptin, a hormone responsible for suppressing appetite. Putting on all-nighters shouldn’t be a habit for you. Having adequate rest at night is a secret energy booster everyone should be using.

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 2. Stop depression

Depression is one common condition that shatters energy. When depressed, you don’t want to be outdoors, spend time with friends or have any motivation for exercise. If you are depressed, consider some natural therapies as pharmaceuticals solutions might have unpleasant side-effects. If you must use drugs, try to conduct a thorough edrug search and check online for good medications and compare prices.

 3. Check for anemia

If your blood does not have enough iron in it, you will certainly feel sluggish. This is a common cause of fatigue in women. You can decide to take some iron supplements to make up. Also, add foods rich in iron to your meals. These foods have vital nutrients and enzymes that will make it easier for your body to absorb the iron. Sesame seeds, black molasses, and beetroot-apple are wonderful for anemia. Being conscious of your blood iron level is very important in keeping energy boosted.

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 4. Drink water

Fatigue could be a sign that the body is short on fluid. It is also the first symptom of dehydration. Water enhances performance for endurance activities that are demanding. It also affects metabolism. According to the Institute Of Medicine, about 13 and 9 cups of fluids for men and women respectively would do just fine

 5. Stop Yo-Yo dieting

Eating wrong foods and too little are sure ways to get your energy zapped. Although you would get energy from sugar, it would be short, just like when you don’t have enough sleep. Sugar as well steals long-term energy from you. This happens when you starve yourself.

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Instead, try to change your lifestyle and get rid of foods that are not good for you. This does not necessarily mean that you must leave your nutritious favorite meals out.

 6. Check for Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is an imbalance of the pituitary glands and the thyroid. It is affecting a lot of people that are not even suspecting it. Hypothyroidism puts an individual at a high risk of getting exposed to radiation. It can be treated naturally or through the use of prescribed drugs by your doctor.

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 7. Cleanse your colon

A colon cleanse can help increase your energy levels naturally and will further help to boost your overall health. Regularly cleansing your colon is one sure way to regain energy. This will also help your body’s intake of energy-giving nutrients in a better way.  There are some fermenting wastes, parasites and candida unnecessarily sitting in your guts, which colon cleansing can help you get rid of.

Conclusion

If you find yourself trying to stay alert all through the day, feeling sluggish mid-afternoon, struggling with adrenal fatigue, or just simply exhausted, then this is time to change. Try out the above affordable and easy ways to banish tiredness naturally. If you must make use of medications for some conditions such as hypothyroidism, anemia or depression, then make sure to consult your doctor first.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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