Five Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy.

Via on Jul 1, 2012
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Many of us rely on caffeine when our energy wanes.

Coffee and tea great in moderation, but sometimes it’s not it’s not the best option. I know I often hit that three p.m. wall of tired and it would be easy to grab a cup of yerba mate. Relying on caffeine to pick you up sets you up for interrupted sleep and higher levels of stress hormones like cortisol—much more than you bargained for when you ordered that tall Americano.


1. Have a glass of water.

Often mid-day fatigue results from dehydration. Our bodies are 50 to 60 percent water. When we aren’t replenishing our fluids, the result is a sluggish, headachey feeling. When I feel that afternoon blah, my first plan of attack is a glass of water.


2. Eat an apple.

The malic acid in apples is a great natural energy boost that doesn’t result in a cascade of hormonal changes the way caffeine does. Some newer “natural” energy supplements use synthetic malic acid to help perk you up. As with most things, you’re better off going the whole food route.


3. Smell something minty.

The scent of peppermint is an instant energizer and mood booster. Peppermint is among the least expensive aromatherapy oils, but even doing something as simple as adding some mint leaves to your water or chewing some natural mint gum will have the same effect.


4. Go for a walk.

We think of resting when our energy feels low, but often being sedentary just adds to fatigue. Get up. Get moving. Get your blood flowing. It doesn’t have to be an hour long workout—even a five minute walk will perk you up. Bonus points for dance walking!


5. Laugh!

Laughing has a profound effect on your body chemistry. Taking a few minutes to talk to a friend or watch or read something funny will raise the level of endorphins in your body, move lymph fluids to boost your immune system and bring more oxygenated blood to your organs. I don’t think anything on the menu at Starbucks can do that.

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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12 Responses to “Five Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy.”

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  2. Mark Gerow says:

    Let me add to that list:

    6. Breathwork like Hara Breath or Kapalabhati (fire breath)

    7. Chia Seeds (soak in water or in Kombucha)

    8. Apple Cider Vinegar


  3. Natasha says:

    Great tips, i've got another one to add. Inhale some lemon and lime essential oil. It works like magic and makes you feel uplifted.

  4. Cortland says:

    Great article. I was expecting things like ginseng and matte to be on the list, and for that reason, I almost didn't read it. Glad I did.

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