The Afternoon Slump
To avoid that all-too familiar energy lull that hits in the late afternoon, try these energy boosters:
This fermented soybean paste is very popular in the Japanese diet. Natto contains the enzyme nattokinase, which aids digestion and has also been shown to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s and blood clots. Take 2-3 tablespoons of natto first thing in the morning. Or try a nattokinase supplement. Take 100mg, 3 times a day. Available at Japanese markets or health food stores.
Holy basil leaves contain eugenol and caryophyllene, aromatic compounds that have long been used in ayurvedic medicine as essential oils to elevate mood and spirit. To release their aroma, place the leaves in a bowl and pour steaming hot water over them. Add mint and thyme, if you wish, which also have energy-boosting properties. Breathe in these aromas anytime in the afternoon to help you relax and regain energy. Available at grocery and health food stores.
This weed has been used for hundreds of years to help reduce various types of inflammation-related ailments including psoriasis and bruises. Plantain weed can help reduce the inflammation caused by daily stress. Apply plantain weed ointment to your temples in the late afternoon. Available at health or natural food stores.
Tim Ferriss’ Super Tonic: Dandelion Coffee
To boost energy at any time of the day, reach for Ferriss’ Super Tonic. This alternative to regular coffee contains dandelion root, a substance often used by competitive wrestlers to help keep weight down. This medicinal herb has also been used for centuries to aid liver function, cure an upset stomach and more. It also increases energy and helps reduce excess water bloat. You can purchase ready-made dandelion powder or capsules at any health food store. Or buy it in chopped form and grind into powder on your own.
1-2 tbsp dandelion root powder
1/4 cup water
Coconut milk, to taste
Cardamom, to taste
Brew in a regular coffeemaker. Or use a drip method by placing ground dandelion in a coffee filter on top of a cup and pour water over it. Let steep for the perfect brew. Because dandelion tastes bitter, you may want to add some sweet and creamy coconut milk. Top with aromatic cardamom.