Thursday, July 23, 2009

Natural Energy Boosters

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By Sara Melone

On certain days, we all fall victim to the inevitable drag. Sometimes we just can't help yawning and feel absolutely no energy whatsoever. So what do we do to overcome those sleepy, low energy days? Instead of always running for a cup of coffee, energy drink or heaven forbid - sugary snacks, try some of the following natural energy boosters to get your "get up and go" back.

L-Glutamine Powder
Glutamine is the most common amino acid found in muscles. This amino acid supplement is already found in many protein mixes and energy bars. Body-builders have been using it for years to help replenish after a work-out. L-Glutamine is believed to help the body in metabolizing protein and is thought to reduce carbohydrate and sugar cravings.


We already know apples are amazing. They provide fiber and more specifically, a type called pectin that helps lower cholesterol levels and moderate blood sugar. Apples also contain a mineral called boron which is believed to boost alertness and concentration. Apples have even been linked in studies to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's.

Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is an herb that has been used for thousands of years in conjunction with supporting healthy liver function. Many people do not realize decreased liver functionality can be a major factor in fatigue and low energy. In fact, one of the liver's main functions is breaking down stored fat to produce energy.

That's right, they're good for more than just Thanksgiving pie and Halloween carving. Pumpkin is high in fiber and low in calories, and it has been shown to help stabilize energy. Pumpkins are high in potassium and contain Vitamin C as well as other nutrients such as Niacin, Vitamin E, Calcium and Iron.

If you can stand the heat, eat up! The capsaicin found in hot peppers has been show to boost metabolism and energy. Cayenne pepper is often used by those seeking to increase metabolism and shed pounds because some studies suggest cayenne pepper can raise metabolic rate by up to 25% for a period of several hours after ingestion. Anyone who has ever eaten a hot pepper can testify to the fact that hot peppers can increase circulation immediately. Increased blood flow can translate to better energy levels.

Next time you're feeling a little low on energy, reach for one of these all natural alternatives and get back to feeling great in record time!

1 comment:

  1. When we are tired, its very boring to work. But one can go for some simple activities which will boost one's energy levels like: drink a glass of juice, it has carbs in it, sit straight, do some exercise, eat nuts and seeds, can sniff peppermint, chocolate is a good energy booster so one can eat some dark chocolates. For more tips on it, refer