Forget Coffee! Here Are 5 Natural Energy Enhancers

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Ask almost any American what his or her chief complaint is throughout the day and most will answer with tiredness. More than 30% of American workers are sleep deprived, according to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This negatively affects work performance, relationships, growth, and overall wellbeing, while simultaneously increasing our (already high) stress levels.

Those who seem to get the recommended amount of sleep, about seven to nine hours a night, may find themselves drained come 6 p.m. In turn, this causes people to feel overworked, burdened with their responsibilities, and generally unhappy with their lives. Often it is the lifestyle we lead and the daily choices we make that can cause this looming feeling of chronic tiredness. But there are plenty of ways to naturally increase energy throughout the day in a healthy, long-lasting way.

Whether you have chronic tiredness or simply need a pick me up here and there, here are five easy ways to naturally enhance your energy throughout the day.

1. EcoDrink Multivitamin

No, this is not the same as an energy drink. EcoDrink Multivitamin is a powder packet you pour into a 16-ounce glass of water. It is naturally sweetened with stevia and contains decaffeinated green tea. EcoDrink has three times the amount of electrolytes to keep you hydrated but contains no calories, carbs, sodium, or caffeine. It has over 30 essential vitamins, as well as special healthy eyes, bone health, immune system, and heart health blends. Dehydration is a main cause of tiredness, and EcoDrink is especially hydrating. It comes in peach-mango and pomegranate-blueberry flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

2. Nurse your coffee throughout the day

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Many people need one (or 15) cup(s) of coffee to wake themselves up for work in the morning. Coffee is the small silver lining when we reluctantly roll out of bed. But instead of chugging your coffee like its happy hour on a Friday, slowly nurse your coffee throughout the day. Why? According to Reader’s Digest, studies from Harvard showed that low doses of caffeine kept people more alert throughout the day. Plus, you’ll avoid that afternoon slump. Becoming less reliant on caffeine will allow your body to get into a more natural routine for the long term.

3. Olly Endless Energy Vitamin Gummies

These all-natural gummies provide a zing of energy, whether it’s for a workout, an important meeting, or anything that requires extra energy. Its main ingredients are L-Theanine, green tea, B vitamins, and pantothenic acid. It has a lemon flavor with a ginger zing core to spike up your energy level after chewing three gummies. They have 50 calories per serving and 8 grams of sugar, but these gummies work wonders. Take them as needed, and feel yourself prepared for whatever task lies ahead.

4. Keep a mixture of nuts at your desk

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Bring a mixture of almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews to snack on throughout the day. These healthful nuts are loaded with magnesium, which helps lower heart rate and requires less oxygen to perform daily tasks. According to WebMD, men need about 350 milligrams of magnesium daily. Almonds are also proven to give you energy because they are high in carbohydrates and fiber to keep your bowels in check.

5. Drink cold water throughout the day

Cold water will both invigorate you and keep you alert. Refill as much as possible. The more hydrated you are, the less tired you feel. In addition to drinking cold water, getting up often to fill your glass will keep your muscles awake throughout the day. Even if your glass or water bottle isn’t completely empty, get up and refill it. Sitting for long periods of the day isn’t what humans are meant to do.

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