The Problem: You feel sluggish after a full night's sleep.
The clock shows it's past your bedtime, but your mind won't stop racing. If your worries or to-do lists keep you up, or if you don't wake up feeling refreshed, it's hard not to give into the lure of energy drinks the next day. The problem with most energy drinks is the combination of caffeine and sugar are guaranteed to make you crash.
Why It Works: Oat straw extract is an all-natural energy booster with no sugar or caffeine, which means no mid-day crash. Researchers have found oat straw may expand the arteries in your brain so more blood pumps through it, revving brain function.
How to Use It: The extract is subtle, so you won't even taste it. Try two teaspoons in your coffee or juice in the morning.
Energy Boost #2: Rhodiola
The problem: It’s only 11 a.m. and you already want to take a nap under your desk.
Why It Works: Rhodiola, one of nature’s best energy builders, helps multiply your energy molecules, giving you a boost throughout the day.
How to Use It: Start with 100 mg every day to keep your energy up. If you’re still in a slump, try 200 mg a day. The supplement is available in most health-food stores.
Energy Booster #3: Dr. Oz’s No-Bake Energy Bars
The Problem: After lunch, you’re exhausted, can’t focus on work and need a pick-me-up.
Why It Works: These easy-to-make bars are a power combo of protein, fiber and antioxidants. Bonus: They have none of the caffeine or sugar of a diet soda or other energy beverage.
How to Use It: Make a week’s worth of portable bars in just 15 minutes! Try one after lunch to fight off the mid-day slump. Click here for the full recipe!
Energy Booster #4: Orange-Lens Glasses
The Problem: You have a hard time sleeping at night and an even harder time tearing yourself away from the computer.
If you reach for your smartphone or sleep with the TV on, the blue light these devices emit may be suppressing your body’s ability to secrete melatonin, a sleep hormone.
Why It Works: Glasses with orange lenses block the melatonin-robbing light coming from your devices so you can sleep better at night – and feel more energized in the morning!
How to Use It: Wear them two hours before bedtime while you are on the computer or watching TV. You can find orange- or amber-lens glasses online for under $15!
Energy Booster #5: Kiwi
The Problem: You feel tired and burned out all day.
Why It Works: Not only does it have twice the potassium of a banana and twice the vitamin C of an orange, a kiwi also has 2.5 grams of fiber, which keeps you full and prevents energy lows when you’re hungry. The simple sugars will quickly give you a rush of energy, and the fiber will keep you satiated.
How to Use It: Try for two kiwi a day, which adds up to only 100 calories and all the energy you’ll need to get through those long meetings. The simplest thing to do is to slice one in half and scoop it out with a spoon, but you can add it to any meal.